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San Diego Comic-Con 2009

Okay, the word got out a while ago, and I’m being drowned in emails tonight, so let’s get this done. By the power of contractual obligation, I am appearing at the San Diego Comic-Con 2009 under the exclusive aegis of Sony, Madhouse and Marvel Anime. I am in San Diego for something less than 36 hours. This is my only appearance at San Diego. Here’s the press release.


Marvel Entertainment Inc. and Madhouse Present an Exclusive Sneak Peek at the Re-imagining of Marvel’s Legendary Super Heroes



Get an Exciting First-Look at the All New Anime Iron Man and Wolverine

At the Marvel Animation Panel on Friday, July 24 at 4:30 PM

Culver City, CA (7/15/09) – Marvel Entertainment Inc., has partnered with renowned Japanese animation studio Madhouse (Paprika, Tokyo Godfathers) to create four all new anime versions of classic Marvel Super Heroes. Get an exciting first glimpse of two of the planned four series at this year’s Comic-Con International, the country’s leading comics and popular arts convention. The Marvel Animation Panel will be held on Friday, July 24, and will include an exclusive first look at official teaser trailers for two of these new series, hosted by writer and multiple-Eagle Award winner Warren Ellis, who will appear to discuss writing the all new adventures of these re-imagined Super Heroes.

These Marvel Anime TV series are being created as a way of merging the beloved Marvel Super Heroes of western culture with the bold animation tradition of Japan. The resulting product will be four visually groundbreaking anime series featuring popular Super Heroes redesigned and repurposed as emerging from the fabric of Japanese culture. The series is expected to begin appearing on the Animax channel in Japan in spring of 2010.

The Marvel Animation Panel with run from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, July 24, at the San Diego Convention Center. A one-hour autograph signing with Ellis will follow the panel at Marvel’s Comic-Con booth #2429.

Madhouse, Inc., established in 1972 with offices in Tokyo, Los Angeles and Beijing, is one of the top animation studios in the world working exclusively with some of Japan’s top anime directors. They have created many well-known titles such as worldwide hits Ninja Scroll, Vampire Hunter D, Trigun, Tokyo Godfathers, and Metropolis, Japanese successful TV series such as “Death Note” and “Nana”, as well as Paprika (an Official Selection at the 2006 Venice Film Festival) and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time (2007 Japanese Academy Award for Best Film – Animation)

Marvel Entertainment, Inc. is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of over 5,000 characters featured in a variety of media over seventy years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in licensing, entertainment (via Marvel Studios and Marvel Animation) and publishing (via Marvel Comics). Marvel’s strategy is to leverage its franchises in a growing array of opportunities around the world, including feature films, consumer products, toys, video games, animated television, direct-to-DVD and online.


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  1. You sound so happy about it. Was this some sort of clause attached to your contract? Presumably written in the blood of innocents?

  2. Martin Martin

    I’m wishing for Anime Pete Wisdom

  3. mister slim mister slim

    On the plus side you get to work with Madhouse. Any chance of getting them to do an animated Transmet? If they could produce Paprika they can certainly do Spider’s world justice.

  4. You have my deepest, most sincere sympathies. It’s going to be a wankfest of Cat-Piss Men. Worse – Otakukin Cat-Piss Men.

  5. ruth lucid revolution arnold ruth lucid revolution arnold

    damn you Warren, if I’d known, I’d be out there… I’m still kicking my ass for not getting to see you last time you were there… oh well, eventually it will happen. safe travels!

  6. What? An anime panel and a signing at the marvel booth? I guess its the only way they could get people to come to this panel. The question/answer panel you did two years ago at san diego is one of my fondest convention memories.

  7. Chance Chance

    I don’t know if there is enough whiskey in the world to wash away your pain, but good luck.

  8. Tim Tim

    May we bring you whiskey and red bull since you will obviously be needing some? I would be more than happy to

  9. Tadhg Tadhg

    There there Warren luv. There there.

  10. Rob Rob

    Red bull, whiskey, cigarettes and nurses! We must all send the nurses to guide you through this new level of Dante’s Hell. (While I would love to actually attend these events just to support you, that would show them success and they would force you into more of these things. So out of concern and respect for you, I will remain on the East Coast USA.)

  11. Gerald Gerald

    Shame, this panel conflicts with my existing Comic Con plans. Maybe it’s time to do some creative rescheduling.

  12. Get outta here!

    Goddamn. It’s gonna be painful for you, my deepest sympathies, but this is very interesting news to hear, and I look forward to it.

    Almost as much as whenever “Ignition City” gets collected to trade.

    Stock up on handiwipes, Mr. Ellis. A taser probably couldn’t hurt either (well…not you, anyway). If you ever make it out to the Philadelphia area (or hell, I’d drive up to New York), I can promise you fine whiskey and comparatively little weirdness.

  13. Gus Gonzales Gus Gonzales

    May the Almighty bring you only the worthy during that one hour.

    That, and whatever else you’ll need to bear the burden.


  14. Tom Tom

    i hope they’re wise enough to book a large enough room.

  15. At least you’ll have a table in between you and the wall of smell that pervades every inch of the Convention Center.

  16. umbra umbra

    Can we please get a anime Black Panther/T’challa on Afro Samurai level? PLEASE!!!!

  17. Brad Brad

    How many extra years on your life do you get to add?

  18. We need to send you back with cases of good beer at least to make up for the contractual kidnapping. How much do you think the plane can hold on the return trip? If the children and babies are thrown off, even?

  19. Can you bring two cases of Zeitgeist with you?

  20. Less than 36 hours? You’re going to spend more time in transit than you will in the city. Good luck with that.

  21. […] Internet Jesus Warren Ellis will be appearing at the San Diego Comic Con to promote his latest animated work, Marvel Anime.  He wants to make sure that you realize that he will only be in town for 36 hours and then getting the eff out of there.  He usually likes to make some kind of line that if you want to find him at San Diego he’ll burn you with his Stabby Stabby Vision, or if you see a man running down the street in flames, that’s him. [Warren Ellis]. […]

  22. Jordan Jordan

    I agree. A transmet anime could be great! You should definately talk to madhouse about that.

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