Today, author Warren Ellis' blog has what he calls a "One-day DPH rent-party" looking for donations to cover bandwidth costs. It's a little essay that any fan of his Transmetropolitan will recognize as being written by his alter-ego, Spider Jerusalem.
Gizmodo's done another of their "What's in your gadget-bag" features, this time with Warren Ellis, whose Transmetropolitan is the best science fictional comic I've ever read.
You just caught me. I'm off to Atlanta in 36 hours or so; jumping from British Summer Time to Eastern Daylight Time for something called Dragon*Con, where I'm a special guest (and also cultivating the Freak Vote in prep for my first prose novel, published next summer).
Superidol is a complete sequential-art story by Warren "Transmetropolitan" Ellis and Colleen Doran, free on the Web. It's got elements of Sterling's Zeigeist, and Varley's Barbie Murders, and Peter Watt's Behemoth — my mind is all a-swirl.
This is a Cartoonist Kayfabe I've been waiting for, where Ed and Jim talk about their all-time fave cyberpunk-themed comics.
In it, they look at Akira (natch), The Long Tomorrow (they better!), Ghost in the Shell and Appleseed (of course), Shatter (have to admit I've never read it), and finally, Frank Miller's Hard Boiled. — Read the rest
In 2010, Steve Almond started work on a Tea Party-inspired novel called Bucky Dunn Is Running, about a racist demagogue businessman who comes within a whisker of the Republican nomination for their presidential candidate; he'd aimed to have it done for the 2016 election season, but then Trump happened, and his satire seemingly caught up with him.
Warren Ellis and Darick Robertson's Transmetropolitan is nearly 20 years old, and the science fiction story of a journalist who wages truth-war on scumbag politicians 200 years from now could not be more relevant than it is today.
Anyone who's read Hunter S. Thompson's iconic Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas knows that the technicolored, bug-eyed, meth-fueled craziness of that narrative is hard to capture in another medium. The Tim Burton movie did an admirable job of conveying the "savage journey" of the book, if sometimes overdosing on the goofballs in the process. — Read the rest
Saga, the creator-owned gonzo science fiction comic from Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples may be the best sf comic since Warren Ellis's Transmetropolitan, and the three collections published to date are already canon, with the long-awaited number four around the corner. To get all your friends ready for it, there's a new gorgeous, massive hardcover volume collecting the first three installments.
It's been nearly a year since the publication of volume two of Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples' spectacular Saga comic; but at last, volume three is at hand. As Cory Doctorow discovered, it was well worth the wait.
Adam Sternbergh's debut novel, Shovel Ready, "has the grimy neon feel of Warren Ellis’s Transmetropolitan combined with a touch of Philip K. Dick’s gonzo cyberpunk," says Austin Grossman, author of You and Soon I Will Be Invincible. Read our exclusive excerpt.
Sean Murphy's Punk Rock Jesus is a rockin' comic about the Second Coming. It opens with a psychotically ruthless show-runner arranging to clone Jesus from DNA salvaged from the Shroud of Turin, implanting a foetus in the womb of a teenaged virgin, all for a reality TV show that starts with auditions for the part of Christ's mother. — Read the rest