For many reasons (work-related, health-related, burying-more-pets-related, just-bloody-tiredness-related), I just haven’t been able to get going with warrenellis.com so far this year. So I’m switching the site to Pause for a couple of weeks. Normal service will resume with a new episode of SPEKTRMODULE on March 9 or thereabouts.
In the meantime, I want to leave these things here:
Last year, I did a thing for people who make comics called Three Panels Open. Literally, a three-panel comic. The only rules were that it had to be legible at a width of 640 pixels, which is the width of the content bar on this site, and that it had to be three panels long.
Perhaps you’d like to do a three-panel comic to be posted here. If so, email the image to firstname.lastname@example.org, and please include your name and the website and/or twitter account you’d like it to be associated with. Same rules apply: three panels, and it can’t turn to mud when I run it at 640px. The ones I like best will be run here from March 10 – 31.
Also, I’m opening up the GUEST INFORMANT skein to submissions, after a fashion. If you’re working in the arts and sciences and you’d like to talk at my readership here about your work or something related to it, drop me a note at email@example.com about what you’re in the mood to write and we’ll sort something out. You can see all the other Guest Informants at this link. They include novelists, journalists, musicians, data griots, researchers, artists, designers, futurists and nuclear physicists. (Some of those posts are huge. I tell people, “I’d be happy with two hundred words!”) As you’ll see, each Informant post can come with links to whatever you’ve got going on.
Also also, I really think that the Station Ident should come back, and that the top of each week should have a logotone. By “really think” I actually mean “literally just thought of this and laughed because it sounded like fun.”
The Station Ident is a photo or other image and the words "this is warren ellis dot com." Something arty, something filthy, something strange, something funny: don’t care, so long as it’s original to you. Snapshot or illustration, Photoshop or fansign; don’t care, so long as it has the following words in it somewhere:
"this is warren ellis dot com"
Email it as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org, my public dump email address, if you feel like playing. Please include your name and a website if you have one, or plug a work of yours if applicable. Ideally, it’d be 640 px across, but I can resize stuff. And I’ll use all the ones I like, eventually.
(I might even bring back the Closedown, or amalgamate it with Night Music. I’m old enough to remember closedowns. Also, the last ice age.)
And… that’s it. Now I need to get into some development work and serious thinking. See you in a couple of weeks. Be good.