October 21st, 2010 | station ident
October 21st, 2010 | brainjuice
October 20th, 2010 | microlog
It appears that Kevin Thurman is writing a book entitled Voyage In Noise: Warren Ellis and the demise of Western Civilization. The Facebook page says:
We are progressing into a future of ubiquitous noise made up of poor choices and an overload of information and entertainment. Ellis’s work reflects this change and the need to progress intellectually.
I suspect this is a sign of my old age. Apparently it’s out April 2011.
October 20th, 2010 | Work
VERTIGO: RESURRECTED is out today in North America, tomorrow in the UK. This collection contains, among other supposedly obscure bits from the Vertigo imprint of DC Comics, the story "Shoot", which I wrote and Phil Jiminez drew (superbly) and which never saw print because it was about schoolyard shootings in the States and Columbine happened a couple of weeks before publication.
Being an episode of longrunning supernatural series JOHN CONSTANTINE, HELLBLAZER, it’s a horror story. At the time — and since then, as "Shoot" leaked out to become something of an internet samizdat text — people didn’t necessarily get that. Some people think it’s a sociopolitical tract. Some people think it’s making a single statement intended as uninflected truth. It’s a horror story. It’s intended to chill and disturb. It was, I was told, a little too chilly and disturbing for the time. I disagreed, and still do.
It’s very old work to me now, and I don’t intend to look at it for fear of wincing at all the bad writing. I mean, god, it was written in 1999. But you may find it interesting.
(My actual published HELLBLAZER work was collected into two volumes: HELLBLAZER: HAUNTED and HELLBLAZER: SETTING SUN.)
October 20th, 2010 | daybook
So I finally saw RED tonight, in the company of my daughter, at the European premiere in London.
As I’ve said before, RED-the-book is a short story, and unfilmable as a direct translation. But the rough structure, intent and themes are still there, and I saw little bits of the book scattered around in it. Most importantly, it’s a hugely entertaining movie. Lili laughed her way through it and so did the audience — who also reacted nicely at the little shocks and the bursts of violence. Robert isn’t a very showy director, but it’s clearly his most cleverly shot film yet. Also there’s a bit where someone gets exploded into two distinct pieces. I always appreciate that kind of attention to detail.
The organisers were brilliant, it was really nice to see Mr Willis and Helen Mirren again (who, onstage before the film, couldn’t resist stamping it as a Southend-On-Sea production), and, generally, it was a fine night that I think rounded off Lili’s fifteenth birthday very well. Complete with a glass or two of champagne at the afterparty.
And now, I have some emails from my agent in my inbox about the Next Things. And tomorrow? I honestly think I might take the afternoon off.
October 18th, 2010 | brainjuice
October 18th, 2010 | photography
October 18th, 2010 | microlog
October 18th, 2010 | researchmaterial
SPIKE magazine has always been a source of excellent features. Some madness has gripped them, though, and now they’ve folded all their best stuff into a 600-page, 10MB PDF that is completely bloody free. This will destroy them. You should help.
If I tell you that the collection features interviews with William Gibson, JG Ballard, Jeff Noon, Iain Banks, Tony Wilson and Ralph Steadman, you should understand that this barely scratches the surface of what’s there.
It’s funny. Must be steam-engine time, as Charles Fort put it. I’m working on a short book about writing comics, and then comes Hitch with a marvellous guide to drawing, and working in, commercial comics. Bryan Hitch’s ULTIMATE COMICS STUDIO can be inspected and bought via this webpage here.