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Warren Ellis to Helm New Webcomics Site

By Leroy Douresseaux
August 3, 2006 - 09:00

On Wednesday evening (Aug. 2), one of comic book scribe Warren Ellis's "Bad Signal" emails announced his involvement in a new webcomics venture.  Called "Rocket Pirates," the site is created by Joey Manley.  Ellis, who first came to prominence on such titles as The Authority and Transmetropolitan, will edit the site.  Ellis's recent work includes Black Gas (Avatar), Fell (Image) and Nextwave (Marvel).  The full text of Bad Signal annoucement follows:

warren ellis

Who wants to be a Rocket Pirate?

Joey Manley talked me into curating a mass webcomics site.  I've  known Joey for getting on for six years now.  It's partly my fault that  he
got involved with comics at all.  I suspect this is his  revenge.

People who want to make webcomics are invited to submit their  ideas
to me for membership in the Rocket Pirates, a webcomics  collective
which will be housed at

Rocket Pirates will be the first site to launch with the new  Webcomics
Nation Collective Edition technology, which will be available as  a
commercial product for people wanting to quickly and cheaply launch
their  own multi-creator webcomics portals sometime in the next few months.   Because we're all about being quick and cheap, believe me.

Rocket Pirates will be free to all readers, all the time.  This  means,
of course, that there is no cut of subscription fees to offer  to
creators.  Instead, the system allows each creator the freedom to 
install Google Ads, Amazon Associates ads, ads for their own  products,
rate cards for prostitution services or any other damn thing  on
their comic's Rocket Pirates page.  Also, since we're not paying,  all
Rocket Pirates engagements are on a non-exclusive basis, allowing
the  creators to run their comics on their own websites or any other
place that'll  have them.

The non-subscription approach means that I'm also doing this for  free,
so anyone who wants to send food and clothing c/o Joey Manley  at
Modern Tales is welcome to do so.  I also offer inexpensive adult 

The submissions system is simply this: email your materials to me
at  I want to see at least three completed
pages and  an overview of what you intend to do.  No need to be
formal -- rambly  emails talking about the central concepts and what
you want to achieve are  fine.

I'm open to anything -- series, serialised graphic novels,  single
panels, self-contained shorts, newspaper-style strips -- in any 
style, from manga to clipart to whatever the hell you just invented
in  your basement.  No limits. 

I'm open to any kind of content.  You're going to have to work  pretty
hard to get me to accept a superhero project for the site, but if 
you've got something that knocks me flat, I'll take it.  But, seriously,  I
want to eventually curate something that takes in a wide breadth of
what  comics can achieve.  Surprise me.  Give me something straight 
out of literary mainstream fiction, give me a warped genre, give me 
something I've never seen before.  That's the "theme" of the site, the  glue that holds it together.  It is quite simply "stuff Warren really  likes."

The submissions process is open to everybody.  I don't care if  you
only decided you wanted to try and make a comic ten minutes ago  --
I'll look at it.  I'll warn you in advance that the chances of  my
being able to provide detailed and constructive rejections are  slight,
but I'll do my best.

(Also, if the site turns out to be all-male because only guys
submitted,  I'm going to be very pissed off, and will infect you all
with this lung  disease my girlfriend seems to have passed to me
over the weekend.)

I'd like to be up and running by the end of the month, but I won't
kick  the site live until I have enough work of quality.  The submissions process will remain permanently open.  Unless, you know, I  change my mind.  I am unpredictable and I drink a lot.

That's all I've got.  Please feel free to pass this unedited post  on
anywhere you like.

-- Warren Ellis

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