Warren Ellis, the most mad and brilliant writer in comics today, has signed a two book deal with Mulholland Books! This is a huge deal. Mulholland books has an insane roster of talent currently, Charlie Huston/Duane Swiercyznski/Greg Rucka to name a few, and adding Ellis just makes their roster that much more deep. As for the subject of the two novels, Ellis writes of the first, Gun Machine, “In GUN MACHINE, I’m writing about a disruptive event: a small sealed Manhattan apartment filled with hundreds of guns, each one used in a single unsolved homicide. But what I’m talking about is money, the acquisition of power, the deals we make in the name of security, the unique soul-killing exhaustion that comes of caring too much for too long, and the faces madness take in our lives.” As for the other, it will be different. That is all that has been said for now.
I am so fucking stoked for this I cannot even properly communicate it. Ellis is at the very top of fiction writers and, in my eyes and the eyes of many others, can really do no wrong. The premise of Gun Machine sounds brilliant and new. A rare thing these days.
The second alphabet post of the day. Made by ElJeffe as a gift for his daughter this book contains some off the wall references to videogame culture and lore that even I didn’t recognize. Hit the link to check out the full book.
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Embedded below is a quick video blog from Aaron at A Comic Shop in Orlando, Florida. In it he explains his stores decision to no longer carry variant covers for any titles. I support this decision 110%. Variant, chrome, embossed, die-cut, gatefold, jam, 3-D, hologram, stickerfoil, bullshit covers ruined the industry in the 90′s. Marvel Comics, currently the most successful publisher, filed for bankruptcy not so long ago. One of the main causes of the bursted bubble was the fallout from the speculator market. In the 90′s publishers put out a ton of junk just to get people into comic shops under the false pretense that these special covers would somehow be worth more money down the road. Speculators grabbed these books like fat kid at a cake buffet. But then, a realization began to sink in. If everybody bought these covers, and everybody wanted to try and sell them, well then there would be no demand. How many copies of the black-bagged Superman “death” issue did you buy? How many did your dad get? Your neighbor? And now how many could you get for less than a buck at any number of stores around the country? We are heading down a very slippery slope here and it’s nice to see a shop owner calling bullshit on the publishers.
So I just stumbled onto this really rad site called 5 Minute Marvels (www.5minutemarvels.wordpress.com). It’s a site created by a dad who draws pictures with his daughters before they go to bed at night. He then posts them for the world to see and enjoy. Some comic pros have even gotten in on the action and done some pieces for the site. This idea is just really awesome. I might have to steal it. Go check it out.