Category Archives: Do Anything. Thoughts on Comics and Things by Warren Ellis

Do Anything 017 by Warren Ellis

017 It’s right there on the cover of Jack Kirby’s 1980s miniseries SILVER STAR, a comics version of a screenplay he wrote and never sold in the 1970s: “A Visual Novel.” I guess Jack didn’t fancy using the term “graphic …

Do Anything 016 by Warren Ellis

016 Superman’s head by John Lennon: the wit of his line isn’t unlike Flenniken’s, but it’s less trained, a little more hunting after the idea of the shape than the shape itself.  This year he’s mostly been drawing himself going …

Do Anything 015 by Warren Ellis

015 The artificial muscles in the severed robot head of Jack Kirby start shifting around.  For a moment there, he looks like the piercing-eyed Superman of his original JIMMY OLSEN pencils.  Hair starts sprouting, bushy and vegetal, until I find …

Do Anything 014 by Warren Ellis

014 Jack Kirby had been told, you see, that DC wanted him to reinvigorate their line, and to point the publisher towards the future.  They began by giving him the extant series SUPERMAN’S PAL JIMMY OLSEN: as a warm-up, as …

Do Anything 013 by Warren Ellis

013 Jack Kirby’s move to DC, negotiated over a couple of years, was notable for several reasons.  With few exceptions, people just didn’t cross town like that.  DC and Marvel, still very much the only games in town (and that …

Do Anything 012 by Warren Ellis

012 The story’s well known, now.  Disenchanted with Marvel — with the constraints on his creativity, with not getting his original art back, with Stan bloody Lee and his bloody ocarina (and, perhaps, with Stan Lee suddenly emerging as a …

Do Anything 011 by Warren Ellis

011 No disrespect should be inferred, in the previous section, to Mr Loeb, currently in (I think) the third blush of an incredibly successful career in commercial comics.  As well as being the man who gave us the story in …

Do Anything 010 by Warren Ellis

010 Comics creators who are also performers: • Afua Richardson, singer • Paul Pope, DJ • Alan Moore, vocalist • Robert Crumb, guitarist • Antony Johnston, musician • Kieron Gillen, “Bez” Styles are tricky things to nail down in comics.  …

Do Anything 009 by Warren Ellis

009 Atom Style was named after the fact.  It is perceived to have emerged in the 1950s, and can broadly be defined as a post-War style.  It’s a modernist style, which is to very broadly say it’s self-conscious about being …

Do Anything 008 by Warren Ellis

008 A section from a list of things that happened to comics on a Phildickian alternate world in 2009: • David Gibbons knighted for services to architecture.  “I was fucking robbed,” says Peter Cook, architect and co-founder of Archigram, who …

Do Anything 007 by Warren Ellis

007 A section from a list of comics creators’ three favourite records, because we don’t know what Philippe Druillet’s favourite records are: “Thriller” – Michael Jackson “Bitches Brew” – Miles Davis “Mishima” soundtrack – Philip Glass –Dash Shaw (BodyWorld, The …

Do Anything 006 by Warren Ellis

006 Stan Lee started out writing full scripts.  He was writing full scripts at the commencement of Marvel Comics.  He discovered that, such was the imaginative power of his collaborators, he could get a comic much more to his liking, …

Do Anything 005 by Warren Ellis

005 This is a section about things people have said. There’s a quote I like from the Japanese film director Takashi Miike, and it goes like this: “We have to change the negative things into positive. In today’s Japanese film …

Do Anything 004 by Warren Ellis

004 Jack Kirby didn’t get to be an intellectual. That’s a label others stick on you. When Jack told Will Eisner, as recorded in Eisner’s book SHOP TALK, of the time in his career when he “began to intellectualise,” you …

Do Anything 003 by Warren Ellis

003 So perhaps I encode Philippe Druillet into the robotic head of Jack Kirby that sits on my desk and gobs bits of tobacco leaf at me, too, because Druillet is Jack Kirby from the future. Or a future, a …

Do Anything 002 by Warren Ellis

002 I’d have liked to see someone put the work of French writer/artist Philippe Druillet in front of Jack Kirby. I try to do it now, holding the pages in front of the robotic head of Jack Kirby, but it’s …

Do Anything 001 by Warren Ellis

001 I have the head of Jack Kirby in my office. I built it myself.  Which means, this being the late-postmodern 21st Century, I stole it from someone else and then tinkered with it until it became a transformative work.  …