January 4, 2014

thefirmamentblog asked: What's the most distressing issue about our modern human condition that your Sci-fi extrapolation (in fiction or comics) can alleviate?

warrenellis:

That’s not what sf, or any fiction, is really for.  I had this conversation the other day with a friend.  I’m currently of the position that art isn’t effective when it seeks to provoke either hope or despair: that the most art can aspire to do is tell you that you’re not alone.

[i love warren ellis]

August 24, 2013
warren ellis + lea hernandez, TRANSMETROPOLITAN: I HATE IT HERE, 2000

warren ellis + lea hernandez, TRANSMETROPOLITAN: I HATE IT HERE, 2000

March 11, 2013
scatterlands by warren ellis & jason howard

scatterlands by warren ellis & jason howard

January 15, 2013
"I just don’t want be part of people’s lives."
- warren ellis, GUN MACHINE

"I just don’t want be part of people’s lives."
- warren ellis, GUN MACHINE

May 7, 2012
writer warren ellis has a new novel out next year and it’s now available for pre-order!

writer warren ellis has a new novel out next year and it’s now available for pre-order!

April 25, 2012
warren ellis

warren ellis

January 24, 2012
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!]

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!]

January 22, 2012
robert simpson & warren ellis (link)[warren ellis’ tweet.]

robert simpson & warren ellis (link)

[warren ellis’ tweet.]

December 5, 2011

spektrmodule 02: the lane by warren ellis

[also, spektrmodule o1 : fire axes in space]

November 27, 2011
THERE’S THAT GODDAMN SUN AGAIN by molly crabapple & warren ellis[original post; purchase link.][[when the lines found a home in ellis’ DOKTOR SLEEPLESS it set my heart a-flutter.]]

THERE’S THAT GODDAMN SUN AGAIN by molly crabapple & warren ellis

[original post; purchase link.]

[[when the lines found a home in ellis’ DOKTOR SLEEPLESS it set my heart a-flutter.]]

November 24, 2011

a grave with no name, SOFIA.

[via warren ellis’ last podcast SPEKTRMODULE which is lovely!]

November 11, 2011
"

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.

"

warren ellis, TOMORROW’S WORLD: THE NEAR FUTURE OF POP

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October 3, 2011
International Electrophonic Unit

International Electrophonic Unit

September 29, 2011
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.]

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.]

September 26, 2011
"

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.]

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