Collecting Stray Thoughts – 2008-06-24

June 25th, 2008 | microlog

  • Have to start packing for Chicago. Where it will be 86F with lightning. Not taking the suit. May pack inflatable boat. #
  • For your amusement, the performance artists of Twitter: @zdarsky , @dcurtisj , @rstevens #
  • And a very happy birthday to my lovely magic genius Meredith Yayanos, @theremina , currently out on tour with Faun Fables. #
  • I have to be awake at the crack of sparrowshit in the morning, so I’m bailing out. Tomorrow, Chicago. #

Chicago Signing Schedule

June 25th, 2008 | about warren ellis/contact

Note: any of these signings may run anything up to 30 minutes short. Also note: this schedule does not include press sessions, meetings and other appointments. I’m booked solid for the duration of the show.

All these signings take place at the Avatar Press booth on the convention floor.

Thursday July 26

4:30 pm – Warren Ellis signing (4:30 to 6.30 approx)

Friday July 27

9:30 am – Warren Ellis signing (9:30 to 12:00)

3:00 pm – Warren Ellis signing (3:00 to 5.30 approx)

9:30 pm- 12:00 am – Warren Ellis panel

Saturday July 28

11:00 am – Warren Ellis signing (11:00 to 1:30)

4:00 pm - Warren Ellis signing (4:00 to 7:00)

Sunday July 29

10:30 am – Warren Ellis signing (10:30 to 12:30)

3:00 pm – Warren Ellis signing (3:30 to close)


I mean. Ahem. Looking forward to seeing some of you this coming weekend.

Busted Wonder

June 24th, 2008 | mobilesignals

I am using this mandated re-test of the post-by-mail system to tell you of
something wonderful.

With the aid of the Colleen Doran Creator’s Grant, Kieron Gillen and Charity
Larrison have completed their darkly magical graphic novel BUSTED WONDER,
which you can read in its entirely online for free at

You must go and read it now.

On Shaking Hands

June 24th, 2008 | mobilesignals

Have you ever shaken hands with a thousand people in a day? And signed a thousand books at the same time? Then done it all again the next day? Then tried to type something? I have.

Heroes Con in 2006 was the first big comics convention I’d done in years — the first since 1997, I think, when I wasn’t really as well-known in the field as I am now. Towards the end of the second day, after my second or third signing of the show, a book editor I know caught me as I was leaving the building and shook my hand. And I yelped.

Did you ever see that episode of THE WEST WING with Alan Alda as the presidential candidate whose paw got crushed to pulp by repeated handshakes? They weren’t making that up.

I don’t do these big American shows often — one a year at most — and so I tend to have a lot of signings scheduled for me. Two a day, two hours apiece, often running over that time. And, for some reason, everyone sticks out their hand when they turn up with their books. Now, trust me, signing books for two and a half hours is rough enough on a hand. I’m not saying it’s like breaking rocks or something. But if all you usually do with that hand is type all day, it’ll cramp after a couple of hours of sustained handwriting. And if you’re using the same hand to shake with a few hours’ worth of punters… well, I was icing that hand down on the Saturday at Heroes Con, and keeping it in my pocket when I walked around the floor (which was another weird event in itself).

I’ll post my signing schedule for the Chicago con when I get home. Five hours a day minimum. I’m the show’s guest of honour, and they figure there’ll be a lot of books for me to deface.

So Avatar Press tell me they’ve gotten me a hand brace for this show. Which makes me feel like a cripple, frankly. But when I got into this business, I never thought I’d be shaking more hands in a long weekend than a presidential candidate does in a month.

So, yes, I’d love to shake hands with you at the signing table. But if I do, my hand will fall off. And I’m not having you bastards eBaying my hand.

Collecting Stray Thoughts – 2008-06-23

June 24th, 2008 | microlog

  • In 48 hours I’ll be airborne. #
  • List all the internet-based tv shows you’ve ever seen. Now list the ones you’ve watched more than 1 episode of. How short is that list? #
  • My own list, by the way, pretty much stops dead after Xeni Jardin’s BoingBoing TV, these days. #
  • Fuckit. I think my knee just did its annual blowout. Was really hoping it’d hold until past the Chicago convention. #
  • I could use a decent twitter client for the Nokia 810 tablet… #
  • Sometimes shots and “Deanna” played loud are the only way to get the leetle grey cells sparking. (“Deanna” = like radio from Hell. Still.) #
  • Oh my god. “Deanna” is by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, you scary little children you. (Yes, I know, it’s 20 years old now, shut up) #
  • Where is the special Twitter button that lets me set light to people’s eyeballs when they displease me? click whoosh aaagh sorrywarrensorry #
  • @Rantz1 -No, *I* knew it..! Got a hail of twitters from people who didn’t know it. One seemed to think I was talking about Deanna Durbin. #