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Episode 303: Nerdist Podcast
Warren Ellis
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Nerdist Podcast: Warren Ellis

The amazing author Warren Ellis is on the podcast! He talks about his new book Gun Machine, coming up with ideas for his novels, and the monster that is social networking!

Read Gun Machine today!

Photo by Ellen Rodgers


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  1. Me says:

    disappointing interview, not for Eliis, just dumb and vain questions, what a about comics books, his work

  2. Joe Illidge says:

    Kudos on getting this interview, and going in non-typical directions.

  3. Clinton says:

    Liked this episode just as I like the others 🙂

    Just had to say that while Kill is a pretty cool last name, my wife’s maiden name is Slaughter 😛

    We’ve always said that if she joined the army she could be Sargent Slaughter!

  4. Patty Marvel says:

    @Chris Hardwick – Please have more novelists on! They tend to be a pretty darned witty bunch! May I recommend a fella named Christopher Moore ( @TheAuthorGuy on Twitter ). He’s my favorite living author because #1. His books are witty (“Fool” especially), #2. The characters have heart (please read his “Beta Male Manifesto” if you have the time – I think it influenced a “Futurama” episode) and #3. Octavia E. Butler died (she would’ve been great on the podcast). IIRC, he’s mentioned recently he’s finished writing a new novel, so he’ll have something to plug soon! Here’s his bio:

    @G.Sulea – Hi, Honey!

  5. G.Sulea says:

    Respected Mr. Ellis before, TWICE THAT now:)

    Regards to all Nerdists and Mr. Hardwick:)

    Geo, aka Mr. Patty Marvel

  6. Ben Langhorne says:

    You lucky Mother F***ers, Warren Ellis is my Literary Hero.

  7. Carlos Perez says:

    Warren Ellis was mesmerizing but, please don’t make Skype interviews common. If Ellis hadn’t been so engaging, the medium would have proved too distracting.

    Chris and company are AMAZING at interacting with people IRL. Please no mas Skype.


  8. gates_apco says:

    I’m on the mailing list but I still really prefer RSS. I’m glad most places still support that.

  9. frenchMike says:

    Thanks for sharing this interview !
    But please let him talk freely next time, it was painful to hear you cutting him in the middle of his sentences.

  10. Michelle says:

    the timing of this is hilarious for me. we JUST re-watched the movie “Red” this past weekend. good stuff.

  11. ThisGuyRightHere says:

    In my opinion, the reason Scott Pilgrim didn’t do well is because of the general populous’ contradictory attitude towards originality. People constantly bitch about wanting original movies, but when an original movie comes out, they’re put off by it. I’ve talked to several people who refused to see Scott Pilgrim because the trailers made the movie look really weird.

    When people say they want originality, what they’re really saying is they want somewhat new stories wrapped in familiar packaging.

  12. Benjamin says:

    I’m so excited that you got Warren Ellis on. I haven’t ever looked forward to a Nerdist as much as I’m looking forward to hearing this one. I mean, I love you guys, but WARREN FUCKING ELLIS! I am so happy for all of you listeners that haven’t already read everything the man has written. Your greatest days are yet before you 🙂

  13. tony says:

    not bad blood Heath, just a running thing since there is another Warren Ellis, a musician who plays with Nick Cave – WE regularly has to explain to the intertubes that he is not that Warren Ellis

  14. Heath says:

    What was with the reaction to the Nick Cave question? Is there some bad blood there or something? Haven’t found anything via Google yet. Will keep looking.

  15. tzvi says:

    Reading Transmetropolitan on my iPad was a pretty surreal experience.

  16. tony says:

    70 pages into Gun Machine, go and get this novel – hope WE takes up the invitation and returns often

  17. brotherTodd says:

    Behold!!! The Internet Jesus has risen!!!

  18. Dave says:

    not a warren ellis fan… but this guy is really interesting to listen to. time to explore his work!

  19. Oh, snap! Nice get – I remember being really excited about possibly meeting him when I moved to Southend almost exactly 11 years ago, but ended up seeing him only once, in a pub (and didn’t go talk to him). The guys at his local comics store were full of good stories about him, though.

    Can’t wait to listen to this!

  20. erik2690 says:

    I still like the overall rule about having interviews face to face, but this worked out good and it was the only way to have him on.

  21. JerryBinary says:

    Warren Fucking Ellis!!! That’ll do Nerdist, that’ll do.

    Maybe it’s just me, but his picture reminds me of Tom Hardy in Bronson.

  22. scotty says:

    Awesome ‘cast. Fantastic Bruce W and John M anecdotes. Getting ‘Gun Machine’ immediately. Going to crack open my old boxed and bagged Excalibur (yes, I collected that book) and revisit his work there. Well done fellas.

  23. OMG it`s Warren ..Freaking ..Ellis
    my literary Hero ^_^ .

    Going to download this one for sure .:D

  24. Jon says:

    @Lee – A fellow Essex-er! I’m from Benfleet!

  25. Lee says:

    As someone listening to this in their home in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, this one came as quite a surprise. I’m ashamed to say i hadn’t really heard of Warren Ellis but i’ll definitely check out his stuff now.

  26. amysrevenge says:

    What a lovely fellow! I’ve read some of his stuff but never really heard any interview stuff.

  27. Curtis says:

    Skype interviews are really tough. I did one with Joel Watson recently and it definitely had some hiccups. You guys managed to pull it off pretty well, though. Plus Kyle Clark is always a welcome addition in my book.

    Warren himself is one of my favorite writers. Transmetropolitan is easily one of my favorite series of all time and I always try and force others to read it. I think Kyle nailed it when he said that Spider isn’t someone you want to be friends with, but you do want to watch everything he does.

  28. Jake says:

    Oh wow. Warren “the main man” Ellis! Sweet.