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'There's only so many times I can say "folklore is the operating system of culture" before people start expecting me to conclude my talks by turning into a flock of crows and flapping out the nearest window, in any case.' -- Warren Ellis

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"There’s a deep strangeness to Holmes that rarely makes it out into adaptations. One of the first mentions of Holmes made to Dr John Watson — a war veteran with a dodgy left arm — describes a lunatic at loose in a morgue, whacking corpses with a big stick to see if people bruise after death. The walls of his disgusting rooms are slathered yellow from the hundreds of tobacco products he’s lit and let burn out there so that he can study and catalogue the peculiarities of their ashes.

"In an early CSI, William Petersen is found whacking a fake head filled with fake blood with a rebar to observe blood-spatter. In the first MONK, Tony Shalhoub sniffs a curtain and can tell that someone was standing next to it smoking Newports. These are the same gags, minus that certain berserk intensity. He may not have been the first fictional detective, but he invented everything in the genre you see today."
-- Warren Ellis

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"I don't know that Golden Age superhero comics ever had a polished shine: quite the opposite in fact. They were kind of raw and odd, and often, in their way, a little creepy. That's where I'm coming from here. I've been interested in the comics of that era since the 1990s. They have a peculiar, ashen magic to them. So reframing these characters in the context of a ghost story, and having them emerge from The Other Side as it were, makes perfect sense to me." -- Warren Ellis

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"This is the freedom of doing a piece of superhero fiction outside the auspices of company ownership or the weight of continuity: the big questions can be asked in a very direct and brutal manner." - Warren Ellis

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"I have a ton of stuff coming from Avatar over the next year. In the next year, Avatar will become unrecognisable to people who think they know what the company does. It's going to be good." - Warren Ellis, during publicity for this series

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"What interests me the most about John Horus is that, although he Is genuinely frightening, the possibility exists that he’s actually entirely right. That a good man cannot stand idly by and do nothing." - Warren Ellis

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"I mean, the broader point of 'Planetary' was very much asking people to look at the roots the genre sprang from and understanding the primal quality of the 20th Century myths we wrote. So when this [story] hit me – and I'm pretty sure I was standing in my garden at three in the morning with a glass of whisky, smoking furiously and swearing at the sky, reduced to waiting for the thunderbolt to hit – it spoke to me not only of the reasons why someone might put on a helmet and find justice their own way, but also why we read these myths of social justice ourselves. Where would you draw the line?" - Warren Ellis

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Trees #9

Jul. 4th, 2015 08:26 am
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"Jason [Howard] has apparently decided that I have to write it until I die." -- Warren Ellis

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"Half the potential audience is going to see John Horus as the bad guy, and that's not without merit. Half the audience is going to see him as the Good Guy, and I can see where they're coming from too. I take no public position.I'm writing it from both angles at once and letting people make up their own minds." - Warren Ellis

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What's 411 and 911 for superheroes all rolled into one? O-R-A-C-L-E )

1 page from JLA: Classified #11, 5 1/3 from #12, 2 pages from #14, 3 pages from #15, 1 page from JLA/Avengers #2, 1 page from JLA: Our Worlds At War, 3 pages from Formerly Known As The Justice League #5
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"In a field as well-mined as the superhero genre, it's hard to find questions to ask that aren't also complex or self-referential, and I wanted something direct that stood on its own two feet. I like to try and find something to say about a genre without just finding a navel to gaze into." - Warren Ellis

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"Injection is very heavily about the sort of things I've been discussing in my talks at conferences of late, the connections between deep history and the future, between folklore and technology, the ways in which the present moment is haunted by the future as well as the past." -- Warren Ellis

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"[Avatar editor-in-chief William Christensen] bet me I couldn't come up with a high-concept superhero 'event' book that naturally featured all new characters and ideas, but also hit some of the notes of a standard Big Two event program. Huge technical challenge, and I like those, because they keep me sharp. It took me more than a year, mind you... Until I hit on the two ideas. What if a superhero killed the President? And the underpinning: where do you draw the line?" - Warren Ellis

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"Some characters just have that pure tone of the genre's origins. And these, especially, as they're almost lost figures, in comparison to the Marvel and DC characters who have undergone decades of continuous iteration. This was an opportunity to reach back to the kind of creepy feeling some of these characters originally had. They were technically, I guess, second-generation superhero characters, created to ride the wave of this new fiction, and created very quickly and simply -- but sometimes, as happens with pulp fiction, some genuine weirdness leaks out into material created that quickly." -- Warren Ellis

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"It's Twin Peaks country, and, between Blackcross and Supreme Blue Rose, I seem to have spent most of last year on a David Lynch kick...!”" -- Warren Ellis

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