warren ellis + lea hernandez, TRANSMETROPOLITAN: I HATE IT HERE, 2000
dr manhattan by chip zdarsky (via warren ellis - GUEST INFORMANT: CHIP ZDARSKY’S WATCHMEN 2)
warren ellis says: “Comics creator Chip Zdarsky — dimly related by birth to Canada’s National Post cartoonist and thwarted Toronto mayoral candidate Steve Murray — is currently writing his autobiography, and has very kindly shared a chapter of said tome with me. Herein, he relates the story of the time he was offered the job of creating the WATCHMEN comics sequel.”
[zdarsky = funniest canadian ever!]
a grave with no name, SOFIA.
[via warren ellis’ last podcast SPEKTRMODULE which is lovely!]
And pop theorist Simon Reynolds is saying that Pop Will Eat Itself were right all along, because pop is eating itself, pop is now almost completely self-referential, not least because we live in this weird period of atemporality where a century of pop music is available wholly and freely and we’re trapped in a time loop of retromania.
But Amanda Brown of the Not Not Fun label says that’s the least modern attitude you can have towards the near future of pop, because, “There’s been almost no era when art hasn’t been hugely about the past – whether reacting to it, recreating it, destroying it.”
She also said this: “Of course I’m inspired by the past, but I’m not trying to re-live it. Styles don’t die; house music isn’t just about the era of its “golden years.” The history of it is still being written.” Which speaks directly to the hardcore continuum theory – tracking the evolving, mutating genestream of dance music through twenty-odd years. The history is still being written. The continuum continues, as continuums tend to do."
marley zarcone (via warren ellis)
[warren ellis has artists of all kinds do three panels for him from time to time. they’re like a wonderful pop hook. THREE PANELS are lovely and scary and head-scratchingly odd…but it’s one of the few things that only comics can do that no other artistic form can. check ‘em all out.]
I am for that thing in your genome that demands it. I am for that thing which keeps you animals alive. I am, at most, a slice of monkey suspended within the stuff of universal intelligence. You are a monkey in nice clothes.
In the harsh environment you refer to as a habitable planet, group behaviors are required to survive long enough to procreate. Since you are stupid monkeys, you have no natural affinity for group altruism.
And so you have evolved a genetic pump that delivers pleasant chemicals to you monkey brains. One that is triggered by awe and fear of an anthropomorphism of your environment. Earth mothers. Sky gods. Bits of bush that catch fire. Interesting-looking rocks. An oddly-shaped branch. You’re not fussy.
When your brain does this idiot work, you stop in front of that bump or stick and consider it fiercely. Other monkeys will, like as not, stop next to you and emulate you. You genetic pump delivers morphine for you souls. You have your fellow monkeys join in. Perhaps so they can feel it too. Perhaps because you feel it might please the stick god to have more monkeys gaze at it in narcotic awe.
The group must be defended. Because as many monkeys as possible must please the stick god, and you can continue to get your fix off praying to it.
You draw up rules to organise and protect the group. Two hundred thousand years later, you put Adolf Hitler into power. Because you are, after all, just monkeys."
— warren ellis, SUPERGOD
[SUPERGOD asks the question: is humanity hardwired for religion? in his own way, ellis goes on to show us what would happen if humans decided that, yes, we need gods and religion: not everyone makes it to the end of the story.
in the story, when the british set out to create their own god, along comes morrigan lugus: three astronauts fused together with space fungi. it’s morrigan lugus who says the above-quoted bit.]
Three things I’ve learned:
Everyone has a story to tell, most people don’t have someone to listen.
Never ask the question if you’re not willing to listen to, and act upon the answer.
Avoid drunks with guns."
— jan chipcase (via warren ellis: GUEST INFORMANT)
[writer warren ellis has a number of GUEST INFORMANT posts on his site. it’s interesting, reading these bits from people all over the world, who, seemingly, have little in common other than one thing: the truth. i recommend you read them all.]