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Warren Ellis broadcasts 'Night Radio'

Before you settle in for the upcoming Christmas holiday Warren Ellis would like you to take notice of a new series he'll be launching in 2002.

In a press release issued today Ellis announced he'll be editing a new limited-series anthology called "Night Radio." The series is set to debut next Summer through Avatar Press featuring writers hand-picked by Ellis; Matt Fraction, Antony Johnston and Micaela Petersen. As Ellis indicates in the press release below these names may not be readily familiar to you, but Ellis hopes to change that with "Night Radio."

The full release is reprinted below.

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NIGHT RADIO is an limited-series anthology edited by Warren Ellis; four 48-page issues, without ads, in black and white, to be published by Avatar Press in the late summer of 2002.

Matt Fraction is a webdesigner and filmmaker. Antony Johnston is an author and graphic designer. Micaela Petersen is an artist and musician. They all write comics. It's just that not many people know that yet. Warren Ellis wants to change that. NIGHT RADIO is four four-part serials. One by Warren Ellis, one by Fraction, one by Johnston, one by Micaela.

"New voices seem to be emerging much more slowly, in the last couple of years," says Ellis. "Too many of the new writers on my end of the business seem to sound like the old writers, and seem interested only in talking about old things. That's not why I got into comics writing, and those aren't the sort of comics I want to read. But, as we're all aware, the majority of publishers won't look at new writers until they're published somewhere else first; the long-standing Catch-22 for the new writer. It takes a publisher with the guts and madness of Avatar to say, okay, fine, we're going to take these new writers and we're going to treat them like professionals and give them creator-owned deals and do the job right."

Collapsing over his whisky and setting fire to his beard, he continued: "I associate night radio with newness. Back in my youth, when dinosaurs ruled the earth, late-night radio was the time when new bands were broken, new musical forms were allowed out, and novelty was the point and not the exception. NIGHT RADIO is me trying to broadcast future music."

Look for more on this new series in the coming months here at CBR.

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