At an Australian comics convention last weekend, Brian Michael Bendis — an old friend, to whom I emailed the manuscript the month previously — got asked about me. God knows why or how. But the subject of GUN MACHINE came up. And so, to a hall full of people, he read the first line of the novel. And since that first line is now out in the world, here it is.
On playing back the 911 recording, it’d seem that Mrs Stegman was more concerned that the man outside her apartment door was naked than that he had a big shotgun.
That wasn’t really worth subscribing for, was it? Sorry.
An excerpt from Warren Ellis’ new email newsletter, MACHINE VISION. I’m posting this as 1) said convention was Supanova Melbourne last weekend, and 2) it was me who asked the question, as Bendis & fellow guests Carlos Pacheco & Billy Tan had worked as illustrators on scripts of Warren’s. (Pacheco worked with Ellis on EXCALIBUR & STARJAMMERS; Tan on a TALES OF THE WITCHBLADE two-parter; and Bendis had fleshed out Ellis’ short story ‘Better Living Through Chemistry’, which appeared in anthology series NEGATIVE BURN circa 1996. I had Bendis sign my copy.) Since the three of ‘em had that common thread, my question was along those lines, which prompted some interesting responses from the assembled guests.
The genesis of this was that I’d mentioned to Bendis that his collaborator on the CASTLE GN (and fellow Warren Ellis Forum regular) Kelly Sue DeConnick had linked him to my other blog a couple of weeks ago. We had a bit of a chat about that, in which Bendis mentioned he’d being reading his copy of Gun Machine on the way over to Australia, which led to Bendis inviting me to the Q&A - which led to me asking my question.
And now you know.
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