Who's who - February 01, 2017
Warren Ellis, maestro of cyberpunk comics © J. Longo
Literature and cinema are ideal media for science-fiction, but author Warren Ellis discovered another vehicle that’s perfect for sci-fi: comics. Of all his books, Transmetropolitan is his crowning achievement. Throughout the 60 issues published from 1997 to 2002, gonzo journalist Spider Jerusalem, avatar of the one-and-only Hunter S. Thompson, chronicles the myriad abuses of power in his futuristic postcyberpunk city. Injustice and corruption flourish in a city drowning in information pollution, personalized advertisements, floating road signs and wall-sized screens. It’s a vision of sensory overload that looks a lot like Beijing, Tokyo, New York, Stockholm, and Shanghai… And Warren Ellis saw it coming, 20 years ago.
He made plenty of other predictions, too. In an issue published in 1997, Spider Jerusalem even wrote an article by using a series of tweets. His signature colored glasses have a built-in camera, so he can film and photograph whatever he’s looking at. He’s got a 3-D printer at his pad for making whatever the wily reporter needs.
Our intrepid reporter rubs shoulders with humanoids, robots, mutants, and humans endowed with enhanced technologies. Transmetropolitan is the vision of a cloud-based society where transhumanism and cryonics are the new normal, where science-fiction is reality: a reality that now faces scientists and citizens alike.