Finnish Summer

September 22nd, 2006 | mobilesignals

It’s a cloudless crystal blue day in Helsinki. “It’s too hot,” says Tiina, walking me to a Nepalese restaurant for lunch. “I went for a sauna this morning. I think it was a mistake.” It’s 20 degrees C. Most Finns seem to be resolutely wearing their sweaters and jeans, defying the weather to return to normal. “It should be 15C and raining,” Tiina says, glaring at the sky.
Three hours of press today. Naturally enough, it was the one guy in the room with long hair, tattoos and black fingernails who was there to interview me first, and the guy with lip piercings to interview me second. The regular press, all dressed for days in regular offices, didn’t come near me. And I wore my good suit and everything.
The girl behind the bar has a bad tattoo under plastic sandwich wrapping and yellow masking tape on her shoulder. She doesn’t look happy. Nor should she. I’m in a place called ALE PUB, washing down the lamb and ginger from the Nepalese place with another local energy drink, called BATTERY. Which makes a little more sense than yesterday’s, which was called ED.
Tonight I go to some art event and then an opening party for the festival. Iselin just emailed to ask if I was drunk yet. Not yet, Ise. But soon. Very soon.


September 20th, 2006 | mobilesignals

I’m taking off for Helsinki at the crack of bloody dawn tomorrow, for a guest-of-honour gig at the Helsinki Comics Festival. I’m not remotely prepared for it, so this is going to be interesting. Work has just been insane of late, and I’m barely even sleeping, let alone readying for a trip.
So I take off Thursday morning, and I’m not back until Monday night. Please don’t email me links or pictures or files — my mobile AOL system, on my handheld, doesn’t handle any of these things, it’s plain text only. Great for work communication, lousy for anything else.
Will attempt to blog from the road a little bit. Flickr’s conflicting with something on the site right now, but I have a working foldaway keyboard for the phone, so I may try posting photos from the phone to the site.

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September 19th, 2006 | Work

Where I Am On The Internet: September 2006

September 18th, 2006 | admin, Work

For those who might be just joining me:

My name’s Warren Ellis. I write comics and graphic novels, among other things. I’ve done quite a lot of them. I have several comics works floating around on the internet for free:

TRANSMETROPOLITAN: “Another Cold Morning.” | FELL: the first story. | JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER: “Shoot.” | SUPERIDOL. And a very early one: LAZARUS CHURCHYARD: “Lucy’s Drowning.”

I’m guest of honour at the Helsinki Comics Festival September 23-24.

These are the places you can find me on the internet. There’s a fair few of them, too:

Bad Signal is my email journal. It’s announcement-only style, which means you only get email from me, not the 10000 readers and counting who are on the list. I use it for thinking out loud. Sometimes you won’t hear from me for a week. Sometimes you’ll hear from me five times a day. Often I will be drunk. Sometimes I will be naked. People on Bad Signal tend to cry a lot. = I add anyone, me. I also abuse the bulletin system terribly. I’m tempted to start a religion there, but Rupert Murdoch would come for me. And nobody needs that. In any way. = where I store my photos. My friends-and-contacts list there is usually full of interesting stuff, as I know many mentally ill lovely people.

I run an online community. THE ENGINE is devoted to comics (and music and other stuff). = my daily reading list.

I don’t use IM. I can most easily be found on warrene @

– W