[BAD SIGNAL] End Of Summer

August 23rd, 2007 | FeedWordPress

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WARREN ELLIS

Well, yeah, I think it's definitely
autumn now, as I'm now back in
the long leather jacket.  High
winds, driving rain, and persistent
cold.  I think we'll be picking the last
of the cucumbers tonight, and
giving up on the tomatoes -- not
enough sunlight for them to ripen.
Gales took down the mini-greenhouse
last night -- luckily it's all soft 
plastic and wire shelving, and was
empty but for some curly-leaved
parsley that would probably 
survive a nuclear exchange.  Will
pull the last of the lettuce when I
get home, too.

My spare-time (ha!) job for this
week is considering a new book for
Marvel.  I don't really have the heart
to pursue the book Mike Wieringo
and I were going to do with a 
different artist, so I need to
generate something else to fill the
schedule.  This means reading
through a frightening amount of
research material, looking for a
Marvel property that sparks
something.  In practise, this actually
means editor Nick Lowe and I
terrifying each other with old
Marvel stuff.  Illuminator, the
Christian superhero!  Torgo, the
alien fighting robot!  Nick's fixated
on Dum Dum Dugan, nonogenarian
bowler-hatted deputy director of
SHIELD and WWII Howling Commando,
but he's not going to beat me down
on that one, the bastard.

So, yeah, this afternoon I'm half-
blind from spending last night reading
the Wikipedia page listing every
single comics title Marvel ever
published.  I know what I'm looking
for -- something that can carry an
approach to the page that I'm
calling, in the privacy of my own
head, NewPulp -- but it's not turned
up yet.  Not recycling pulp tropes,
but an approach to the page itself,
the panelling, the colouring, the
cuts and the text load.

Just wrote a very brief thing for
ROLLING STONE on BATTLESTAR
GALACTICA, dunno when that
appears... Next month, maybe?
Also have a commission for Forbes,
of all places, to get to next week...


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Warren Ellis: Autumn has arrived in south east England. Headed out into the cold and wind, smiling.

August 22nd, 2007 | FeedWordPress

Warren Ellis: Autumn has arrived in south east England. Headed out into the cold and wind, smiling.


[BAD SIGNAL] It’s Tuesday, Right?

August 21st, 2007 | FeedWordPress

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WARREN ELLIS

*  Funny:  http://clubofmars.ning.com/ is probably one of the biggest
groups on the Ning  system now.  Pretty daft for something I only
activated as a toy for you  all to play with.  Huge amount of activity
there now, blogging, videos,  photo uploads.  Plenty to waste that
valuable work time  with.

*  I'm in the middle of wrapping up a ton of script pages to  send
to Avatar, and finishing CASTLEVANIA with the other hand (it's
in the  "donkey work" stage now, writing the connective tissue,
polishing up bits,  fixing/hammering awkward sections).  So I'll
probably remain pretty  uncommunicative for the rest of the week,
beyond the first thing in the  morning/last thing at night blogging
passes and managing the really fucking  frightening amount of
messages I get at  http://www.myspace.com/warrenellis.

* But I did note that apparently the  Gene Hunt role in the
ill-advised American remake of LIFE ON MARS is going  to
good old Colm Meaney.  And god knows Meaney's made some
crap to  pay the mortgage, but he tends to elevate a thing --
or at least let some  light into it -- just by showing up.  So I
might give the remake a look  after all, even though it's 
almost guaranteed to be a train  wreck...

-- W  




   

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Warren Ellis: Fuck me, I think I saw some blue in the sky. That can’t be right.

August 21st, 2007 | FeedWordPress

Warren Ellis: Fuck me, I think I saw some blue in the sky. That can’t be right.


[BAD SIGNAL] My Music System

August 17th, 2007 | FeedWordPress

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ME AGAIN

I was just talking  to Brubaker about this, and apparently I haven't
covered it in a Signal or  anything.

:: WARREN'S INCREDIBLY COMPLICATED AND FUTURISTIC
SYSTEM FOR  DISCOVERING NEW MUSIC ARRRRR::

Step One:
Go to  http://www.piccadillyrecords.com on a Monday, when they
update.  Click  on the genre of preference in the left-hand bar,
and then click "magic mix"  on the page that follows.  You see,
the Mancunian geniuses at Piccadilly  rip 40-second excerpts
of every one of the week's new releases that they've  received,
and put them up on the website in associated playlists, the  Magic
Mixes.  Clicking "magic mix" will stream each genre's  playlist
straight to your WinAmp or shiTunes.  Therefore, at  your
convenience, you can listen to a chunk of everything new  that
Piccadilly, one of the best record stores in Britain, gets  every
week.  

Step One B: 
You can, in fact, stop here, and  order the CDs or vinyl from
Piccadilly, who operate a flat-out excellent mail  order system.
Next year, I'll probably start using it again.  But I made  myself
stop ordering CDs on January 1, because I'm floating in  the
fuckers.  I'm spending a year mp3-only.

Step Two:
So if  you're me, and you're not ordering CDs, what do you do
next?  I go first  to http://www.emusic.com, where I have a
monthly subscription that allows me  to download 90 DRM-free
high-end mp3s in every 30 days.  This is the  first place I
search for anything I like from the Piccadilly  stream.

(Yeah, I could go straight to Soulseek.  But I happen to  like
buying music.)

Now, eMusic are very good, but often a little slow  about 
obtaining indie stuff.  So, sometimes, I'll be out of luck.   At
which point, I go to one or all of  these:

http://www.roughtradedigital.com/


http://www.bleep.com


http://www.tunetribe.com

As  a last resort, I'll try iTunes or one of the 7digital stores.
But I don't  like DRM on my music -- iTunes+, as well as
being a horrible scam, is still  way too spotty to be really
useful --  and I find 7digital extremely  unreliable.

Step Three:
MySpace.  Seriously.  I'll quite  frequently take a band name
from Piccadilly and plug it into google for the  band/act's
MySpace page. Which will, of course, always have four
of their  songs on there, some of which will often be up for
free download.   MySpace is still a phenomenal tool for music,
and that's nothing Fuckbook  will ever touch.  One of the
best parts of my internet day is always  checking the add
requests, finding bands in there, and clicking to their  profiles
to discover new music.  I usually link the interesting ones  on
warrenellis.com under the "::currently listening"  rubric.

There.  Staggeringly complicated, isn't it?  This is  why I am
Internet Jesus and you're an ordinary person with friends
and a  life.

-- W  




   

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