ILS' own Jeff Light managed to get a few questions in with
Ellis, author of graphic novels and comics such as Transmetropolitan,
Planetary: The Fourth Man, Orbiter, and Global
Frequency. This well respected author has teamed up with
Studios (to be published by Vivendi) to create a Playstation
2 first person shooter know as Cold
JL: Hello Warren; Jeff Light for IntoLiquidSky.net.
Thanks for being gracious enough to answer our questions. How did you get involved with making Cold Winter?
How much impact do your ideas have on the gameplay itself,
and how did you approach writing a videogame?
worked with them before, on HOSTILE
WATERS/ANTAEUS RISING. They just called and asked if I
wanted to work with them again. As with HOSTILE WATERS, they
had a very rough outline of how they saw the game's structure
-- it was my job to expand on that structure, creating missions
and settings, and writing the spine of cinematics that explicate
the plot and themes. I don't have any real impact on gameplay
-- that's down to the wizards with their physics engines and
the other things I do not understand.
JL: Movie adaptations of comics have been
storming the theaters the past few years, ranging from The
League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to American Splendor.
You yourself are said to have possible movie and TV deals
in the works. How do you see the comic industry affecting
the movie industry and vice versa?
provides movies with another stream of raw material. Movies
are a beggar medium, for some reason, at least on the commercial
end -- in any given season there will be more adaptations
and sequels than new original work. Movies provide comics
with... well, nothing. Movie performance doesn't really impact
comics sales very much.
JL: You're very outspoken about comics
on the web... how do you feel about the packaging of comics
on DVDs with voice-overs that's currently entering the mainstream
to me, sorry.
JL: What's the biggest misconception you've
discovered Americans have of the British, or barring that,
It's all true. Even the baby eating.
JL: Thanks so much for your time.
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