Peter's Comic Book Ramblings

Monday, September 24, 2007

A Message to Warren Ellis

On Sept.17, Warren Ellis put out this Bad Signal message:

“I’ve got to admit, I’d rather eat broken glass than listen to a podcast about comics. I mean, the only comics-related websites I look at anymore are Journalista and The Comics Reporter.

“Oh, and to answer a few comments: no, I’m not looking for high production values in podcasts. But I’m also not looking for a gaggle of hillbillies yakking away about nothing in their fucking meth lab. The podcast guides are full of this shit. “Skeeter and Mothra are cousins, brother and sister and husband and wife, and every morning on trailer-radio they shriek in an unknown language about the price of Sudafed while their eighteen children rape dogs in the parking lot outside.” Fuck the democratisation of radio. That’s nothing but retarded people trying to emulate what they already hear on American radio.”


Well Mr. Moore... I mean Mr. Ennis... I mean Mr. Ellis, you obviously know nothing about comics podcasting.

It's about reaching thousands of people using a free distribution method to keep them informed and entertained (Bad Signal anyone?).

It's about introducing readers to new genres, creators, publishers and comics. You know - comics such as Authority, Planetary, Transmet, Black Summer, etc.

It's about 3 creators at a comics podcasting event stating they've made more money in 7 hours from 150 attendees than in two days at a major convention boasting over 20,000 thousand.

It's about being excited about this art form in a way that is growing the community, not dividing or ridiculing it.

It's about this, this, and this.

So by all means, Mr. Ellis, do the comics podcasting community a favor and chew away.

10 Comments:

  • Well said, Peter.

    Glad to see Ellis took a break from writing Thundebolts, (wait, he hates superhero books, right?)...to bitch and moan about podcasts.

    By Blogger RandyG, At October 8, 2007 at 11:47 AM  

  • Ha! I love it.
    This is the first time I'd heard this.

    By Anonymous Jon Q!PAW, At October 9, 2007 at 8:58 AM  

  • hey peter, just found your blog.

    hope all's well.

    -mellon

    By Blogger Mellon, At October 9, 2007 at 8:03 PM  

  • They say ignorance is bliss, but Warren’s conclusions are amiss.

    So tell us Mr. Ellis, how came you to this?

    It’s clear as glass that you have never even listened to a CGS podcast.

    Perhaps its best you never do.
    Lest you eat those words, and shards you chew.

    By Anonymous Fade2Black, At October 12, 2007 at 5:07 AM  

  • Seeing as how Peter specifically disrespected Ellis' request that subscribers to his mailing list don't quote him out of context, because as a writer he understands how people can edit what he says for their own agenda, suggesting something other than what he intended, who's the jerk here?

    Warren Ellis requested recommendations for podcasts to listen to from subscribers to his mailing list, and was simply trying to avoid having to weed through a bunch of comic podcasts.

    I suppose that between being a comic creator, speaking with other comic creators, speaking with people who work for comic publishers, and following the comic news sources not listed above, but listed in his email, he doesn't feel the need to listen to more comic talk.

    By Anonymous Brian / Lobo, At November 14, 2007 at 8:21 AM  

  • Atta boy peter. Ellis's generalization was rediculous (like my spelling) Glad I found you blog.

    By Blogger MongooseDog, At November 14, 2007 at 8:31 AM  

  • Then again, if he wasn't making an effort to be an outrageously-quotable bigoted blowhard, he wouldn't have to worry about being quoted "out of context".

    By Blogger Stewart, At November 14, 2007 at 8:40 AM  

  • Let me simplify what I'm trying to say...

    Out of the context of the emails Peter's quoting from (which Warren respectfully requests that people don't do), Peter makes it sound like Warren hates comic podcasts.

    In the context of the emails Peter's quoting from, where Warren's asking for podcast recommendations, it's clear that Warren simply doesn't need any comic podcasts added to his list.

    By Blogger Brian, At November 14, 2007 at 9:22 AM  

  • Peter: This may be not the right place to ask these, but you might know the answer to my question: Why is it that cover dates feature a date that is two months after initial release? Thank you.

    By Anonymous Kal-El, At November 18, 2007 at 6:34 PM  

  • The man is such a media whore. He will do anything to get a little “press” in our field.

    I do think some of his work is good, but a lot of it sucks to high hell. He should spend more time contemplating his next storyline rather than the critics and podcasters who will cut him down for his lack of thought.

    By Blogger Roland Dodds, At November 27, 2007 at 6:34 AM  

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