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What made you come back to WildStorm?

Warren Ellis: I was abducted. Please help. I am sending this message out through an interview in the hope that Jim Lee won't see it and therefore won't give me the hose again.


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I wanted The Wild Storm, the book, to feel completely, completely different from the Wildstorm work of Image in the early 90s because that stuff, back then, was the most technically accomplished commercial comics in the world. They were the best printed, the best colored, to the point where that is actually really hard to top on a technical production level, so I went the other way. I took it back to the simplest, earliest comics, which are gridwork, and the color work is all watercolor as opposed to CGI shade, and we're on a matte paper stock. -- Warren Ellis

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When Jim Lee launched WildStorm, the look was best-in-class for commercial superhero comics -- computer-assisted color, pinsharp printing, great paper. We can't replicate that and, frankly, I can't think of a technological way to top it. So let's try something else. Stripped down, stark and authentic. Strongly typographic logos. -- Warren Ellis

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We've now had two prequels for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. In 2006 we had The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, a prequel to the 2003 remake, and in 2017 there was Leatherface which purported to be a prequel to the 1974 original. Both in my opinion dropped the ball. The Beginning reduced Leatherface's entire childhood to an opening credits vignette and made him a supporting character to R. Lee Ermey. The 2017 film's version reworked the character to the point that the connection was in name only.

Once again it was Abnett and Lanning who proved that they had a better handle on the character over the filmmakers and producers in charge of the franchise.

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In 2006 Wildstorm gained the rights to publish comics off of the various New Line Horror characters (Freddy, Jason and Leatherface). Wldstorm's output was a mixed bag but they published some genuinely good stories (such as Jason befriending the deformed child).

In my opinion the best comic published from them was the initial series from 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre' written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning with Wesley Craig on art. It's one of the better horror comics I've read and it makes me genuinely sad that Abnett and Lanning never worked on any of the recent films because they had a much better grasp on what makes the series work.

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'The Demon of Sleep' is in my opinion a strong idea that falls short of its potential. It's an interesting premise for a Freddy Krueger story that the films never utilized but fails to go all the way with it. An additional issue would have made a big difference in my opinion. Nonetheless, here it is.

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Albion #1

Sep. 30th, 2018 10:37 pm
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DOWNTHETUBES: John, if you had to pitch Albion to sell it to new readers, how would you do it?

JOHN REPPION: Okay, here goes (cue gravely voice over): America has always had it's heroes but where are ours? Who, these days, has ever even heard of Tim Kelly and the Eye of Zoltec or Jim Hollis the Rubberman? It's almost as though these characters never even existed. But then, maybe that's what they want you to think... Albion is the story of perhaps the greatest comic book cover up in history; a journey into a world were what happens on the page is a mere shadow of what happens off it.

DOWNTHETUBES: Sounds good to me! How did the Albion Project and this return of so many British comics characters – characters who haven't been in print in the UK for years -- come about?

LEAH MOORE: I blame Shane for everything. He was speaking to Dad [Alan Moore] and saying he really wanted to do a comic with the old characters from British kid's comics, and Dad being the genial old soul that he is said he'd see who owned them. Shane had the idea that he could somehow buy the rights to the characters but when dad spoke to [Wildstorm editor] Scott Dunbier and asked him, Scott said that maybe Time Warner AOL (the conglomerate that owns DC comics, IPC magazines and most other things too) already did.
Unbeknownst to Dad, Shane or Scott, Bob Wayne was speaking to Andrew Sumner at IPC magazines. Andrew is a huge comics fan and wanted to try and get the old characters out of the dusty old cupboard they had been languishingin. Bob is a fan of British comics too and was happy to take the idea away and figure something out. Scott spoke to Bob, they sorted it all out sodad plotted it, we wrote it and Shane drew it, and even got Dave Gibbonson the covers and the rest is history.


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What we bring to market is a new world that we always kind of suspected was there, and then show it to be even weirder and nastier than we hoped. Even as we peel more layers off it, there is a shape to it, teams to root for, mavericks to fear for, villains to hate or enjoy. New territories, new maps. -- Warren Ellis

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