I like comic books and graphic novels. One of my favourites is Transmetropolitan, written by Warren Ellis. In fact, I subscribe to his mailing list, Bad Signal, to see what kind of stuff he’s thinking up in progress. He also has a personal site, a blog site, and supports an online graphic novel site called Artbomb.net. On New Years Eve, he invited fans to send him four questions before midnight which he would answer the following day. After five minutes of wondering how he’d react to questions about life, the universe and everything, I recanted and asked him these things instead.

  1. Q: Looking back on Transmetropolitan, are there any ‘inventions’ like ebola cola, the bowel disruptor, source gas, etc that you have thought of since finishing it and figured that it would have been nice to add in?
    Ans: I try not to think about TRANSMET at all. After five years, I’m just glad it’s over. Nowadays, I wait for the world to surprise me.
  2. Q: One of the interesting new trade paperbacks this Christmas was The Matrix comics. What would you have done with a story if you had been asked to write one and agreed to do it?
    Ans: I have no opinion, sorry. I was invited to participate a couple of times, but I couldn’t find anyone they had that I wanted to work with, and, in the final analysis, I couldn’t find anything interesting to say about the MATRIX films. I’m just more interested in doing my own work, and was certainly more interested in what the Wachowskis had to say about their own ideas.
  3. Q: Looking at the current Mars probes as the furtherance of manned space flight, something that Orbiter promotes with caution, do you think NASA \ ESA are looking too far afield at the moment for a reason to be in space when the ISS isn’t even fully finished yet?
    Ans: Crewed space flight is all over. ISS is a boondoggle … built as somewhere for Shuttle to go, since Shuttle can’t go any real useful distance from the Earth. The two were supposed to justify each other. The reason to be in space is very simple … because we have to go. Because we’re one big rock away from being all over. And we’ve forgotten that. Even the Chinese are looking at space as an economic asset. We’re all dead.
  4. Q: Last but not least, who would you most likely take a bowel disruptor to with the setting on ‘Pyroclastic Fart’ - Jeremy Clarkson, Simon Cowell, or Jordan, and why?
    Ans: Simon Cowell, because he is by far the most dangerous of the three.

If you’re interested, Slashdot ran a bigger interview with him here, and you can find lots of his trade paperbacks and regular novels here on Amazon UK and here on Amazon US.