May 26th, 2010 | people I know
May 26th, 2010 | station ident
Piece done by Jamie McKelvie and Becky Cloonan for their signing with Kieron Gillen at Gosh Comics in London on 5 June. They’re going to give it away to people. This is why Jamie McKelvie and Becky Cloonan are very poor and I travel in an atomic mobility scooter paid for entirely by sales of coffee mugs with the word "fucking" on.
Good morning. This is warren ellis dot com.
May 26th, 2010 | brainjuice
May 25th, 2010 | photography
The previous March, it is estimated they sold 6,733,040 of the top 300 comic books.
That’s a drop of a fifth, year on year.”
Sent from my outboard brain
May 25th, 2010 | daybook
Found out a few hours ago that I’m going to be in London for two business meetings tomorrow. Shooting in and out, but it still means that the bulk of tomorrow’s doing will be done on the mobile devices (I operate a Blackberry Curve for email and an iPhone 3GS for everything else. Because there’s nothing more annoying than the phone ringing when you’re trying to write an email on the same device.)
Which reminds me. In comments, someone asked me to list the apps I use for mobile work, particularly posting to warrenellis.com, "without it sounding like a shill." To which I would observe, you asked me, you knobend.
First off: I strongly advise you get a Posterous account, and plug in the details required to make it post to your blog (very easy). This will leave you with an email address that will post everything you send to it. If you find something you like better than Posterous, great.
* WordPress: the app is better for moderating comments and editing previous posts on the go than it is for actual posting, the process for which is frankly absurd.
* Audioboo: for posting audio to the site. Dead easy.
* Reeder: for reading your RSS aggregator on the go. Hooks into your del.icio.us account. If you have the WordPress plug-in, you can get your blog to post your del.icio.us links on an automagic basis. I tested a bunch of RSS apps, and so far Reeder has been far and away the best of them.
* Flickr app: lets you email photos from your contacts’ photostream. So, if you’ve got an email-to-blog system like Posterous, you can email photos off the Flickr app and straight to your blog.
(Oh, and if you’re on Tumblr and using an iPhone? The Tumblr app is very good. Also free.)
It’s a pretty simple set of tools. But moblogging, as we used to call it, isn’t supposed to be hard. It should always have been easy. Frankly, if I didn’t have a million posts here, I’d think a lot about moving my act to a Tumblr, just because the Tumblr people get it — this shit is supposed to be easy. There’s that bit on the first page of Charlie’s ACCELERANDO:
He glances up and grabs a pigeon, crops the shot, and squirts it at his weblog to show he’s arrived.
It’s supposed to be that easy. And as much as I hate being inculcated into the The Cult Of Steve, it was just never that easy with a Nokia.
May 24th, 2010 | people I know
In his first solo exhibition, following the release of his monograph, artist Alex CF offers the public a unique opportunity to see his bizarre specimens in person – objects that have so far only been witnessed by private collectors, such as Maxime Chattam (author) or Reece Shearsmith (actor, League of Gentlemen) who wrote the foreword for his book, and will be lending pieces from his own collection for the show.
Alex has spent the last five years crafting wondrous relics of an alternate past – a rich tapestry of 19th century cryptozoological artifacts and creatures that challenge our understanding of the natural world: The mummified remains of a vampire child, the taxidermied corpse of a 7-foot-tall adult werewolf, the trappings of scientists and archaeologists pertaining to the study of these species in the form of antique research cases, amongst many other fascinating objects.
May 24th, 2010 | microlog
May 24th, 2010 | events
So I had a bunch of stuff change on my schedule, and it turns out I can get out of the house for half a day after all. So I’m going to turn up at Comic Village at MCM Expo around 1pm on Saturday and sign stuff for an hour or so. Chances are good that I will show up without the benefit of having eaten anything first, so it will not be a long signing. I mean, I’ll do what I can, but you don’t want me passing out or throwing up on you. Chances are also good that I’ll be at that pub opposite the Excel — I think it’s the Fox? — at some point later.
May 24th, 2010 | brainjuice