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A Statement on Warren Ellis

Update: I don’t know what’s more disturbing to me.

  • That I was expected to make a statement,
  • That I made a statement before he did, or
  • That this gossipy bullshit post blew up more than any insightful or useful essay I’ve ever posted.

To quote Spider Jerusalem (yeah, I’m gonna): “I hate it here.”


In the past I have quoted Warren Ellis and expressed that I am a fan of his work. For that reason I’ve been asked to comment on the current situation. I am not on Twitter where all of this has apparently been unfolding. I am not willing to go back onto Twitter to find out. So I honestly have no fucking clue what’s going on. I am busy up in my own hermitage, working on getting a book released, dealing with my own problems. Not to be dismissive of serious issues, but drama avoidance has kind of been the point.

The gist, from what I can determine, is that there is a long and well-established pattern of him mentoring young female creators (all over 18, from what I am able to ascertain, so this is a power thing rather than a paedo one) and then taking advantage of them sexually and emotionally. Apparently he has had several women on the hook at a time. He then tends to drop them like a hot rock, leaving them to feel they’ve done something wrong.

I believe the women.

Aside from that, I don’t know Ellis, I’ve never met Ellis, I have no connection to Ellis. As stated at the top, I have enjoyed his works for many years, I have subscribed to his newsletter, and I find his ideas about creativity and the creative process to be intriguing. A great many of his ideas have informed my own. None of those ideas, mind you, have anything to do with abusing or exploiting women.

I now return to my regularly scheduled attempt to ignore this fucking world, already in progress…

4 replies on “A Statement on Warren Ellis”

Having read Transmetropolitan more than once and loved it, should I pretend shock at the “Hunter S Thompson versus the Future” fan fic is at least partly a reflection of its creator?

I’m more interested in the predictable aftermath, where people who love his work (and have internalized it as part of their identity) will do intellectual backflips to downplay what he did, while others (who have internalize the #metoo movement as part of their identity) will find no apology good enough.

As I re-read this comment, I am reminded of Sorcerer’s of the Shore’s recent belated efforts. Tangential, I know, but they feel like they could be in different rings of the same circus.

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