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DC Announces Warren Ellis’ exclusive deal

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DC Announces Warren Ellis’ exclusive deal

Official Press Release

Rolling Stone’s Hot Comic Book Writer of 2000 Will Create Projects for DC’s
Various Imprints

DC Comics and Warren Ellis are proud to announce that Ellis has signed an
exclusive contract for his services with DC. Under the terms of the
contract, Ellis will write new material for the publisher’s various
imprints: WildStorm Productions (including Homage Comics,) VERTIGO, and the
DC Universe. The arrangement does not prevent Ellis from completing his
outstanding projects for other publishers, Image Comics, Avatar Press, Oni
Press, and Top Cow Productions.

“Several elements influenced my decision,” said Ellis, “not including the
vast amount of money now swelling my Swiss account. One of the most
important of those elements was the DC system itself, from its foreign
rights sales and accounting through to its trade paperback program. There’s
not a stronger or better-structured backlist in the business. DC saw the
future first, and it’s getting there faster and better than anyone else.”

Ellis is among the most innovative writers in the comics field and one of
its most vocal advocates for original material and creator-ownership. His
past and current projects for DC’s imprints reflect this commitment and it
is expected that his future work will continue to break new ground.

His work on STORMWATCH, THE AUTHORITY and PLANETARY for WildStorm are
considered by many critics and readers to be high-water marks for writing
characters based on traditional super-hero molds, taking the team concept to
dramatic extremes. Ellis currently has two projects actively in development
at WildStorm: MEK, a 3-issue science fiction series with Eric Canete and a
major 12-issue series, GLOBAL FREQUENCY.

Jim Lee, WildStorm’s Editorial Director said, “Warren was one of the
earliest outside writers to work for WildStorm and has, in my opinion, done
some of his best and most creative work with us. I am ecstatic that we will
continue to benefit from Warren’s prodigious talents on a full-time basis in
the years to come.”

“Working with WildStorm is just a good laugh,” said Ellis. “The game has
always been played faster and looser there. We’re going to pull some stunts
there over the next couple of years.”

Ellis is also the writer and co-creator of VERTIGO’s TRANSMETROPOLITAN, a
project renowned for its gritty satire and irreverent dialogue. His next
project for VERTIGO is an original graphic novel with Colleen Doran, who has
collaborated with Ellis on the online comics Superidol, as seen on
Artbomb.net.

Karen Berger, Executive Editor – VERTIGO, said, “Warren’s a class act. He’s
got a discerning way of crafting stories with a creative immediacy,
producing many haunting and resonating tales. We’re thrilled to have this
kind of commitment from a writer of his caliber.”

“To my mind,” said Ellis, “VERTIGO was and is one of the very most
important imprints in comics. My commitment to the imprint remains total.”

Although Ellis has not previously worked within the DC Universe, his plans
do include at least one project for DC editors.

Added Ellis, “This deal does mean that I will finally have to do the DCU
project I infamously promised Joey Cavalieri I’d produce with him when he
returned DC Comics nearly six years ago. I was kind of holding out in the
hope that he’d die of old age before I got around to it, but no such luck.
Since I’m going to be around DC a while, it’s time I kept my promise.”

“It’s great for the DCU to have this door open to Warren, said Mike Carlin,
Executive Editor – DCU. “We hope he’ll jazz things up here even more than
they already are!”

Ellis, named “HotComic Book Writer” in 2000″ by Rolling Stone Magazine and
“It Comic Moralist” in 1999 by Entertainment Weekly, began his comics career
at Blast! Magazine and Tundra UK. Among his past credits are Ruins, Thor,
Wolverine, and Excalibur at Marvel,and Lazarus Churchyard and City of
Silence at Image. In addition to TRANSMETROPOLITAN and PLANETARY, Ellis is
currently writing RED and FASTER for Homage Comics. He is a consultant to
the comics advocacy site Artbomb.net and moderates the most active comics
discussion area on the web, the Warren Ellis Forum.

In addition to his comics work, Ellis has written the screenplay for the
in-development animated film Mindbridge, as well as the critically-acclaimed
computer game Hostile Waters. His prose fiction has been published in the
magazine Nature and an episode of the UK TV program Pulp was devoted to his
work.

Further details on his upcoming projects will be released as they become
available.

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