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Warren Ellis To Launch FSG Digital Original Program

Farrar, Straus and Giroux will launch a new “Digital Original” line with a 99-cent Dead Pig Collector eBook by Warren Ellis. In June, Mulholland Books cancelled publication of the same book.

The comes out July 30th, followed by a digital original from Robin Sloan this fall.  Next year, FSG will also traditionally publish Ellis’ first nonfiction book, Spirit Tracks. Here’s more about the book, from the release:

Dead Pig Collector introduces readers to Mister Sun, a very proficient businessman whose trade is the murder and spotless removal of human beings. Like any businessman, he knows each transaction is only as good as his client—and today’s client, in Los Angeles, has turned out to be so dangerously stupid that Mister Sun’s work and life are now in jeopardy.

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Wil Wheaton Narrates Book Trailer for Gun Machine by Warren Ellis

Mulholland Books has released a slick book trailer for comic book writer and author Warren Ellis‘ new book, Gun Machine.

Author and actor Wil Wheaton narrated the trailer, Jim Batt directed and Ben Templesmith drew the illustrations. Without actors or expensive location shoots, the trailer conveys the surreal scene that inspired the story.

We’ve embedded the trailer above–what do you think?

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Writers Rally After Molly Crabapple Arrest

Artist Molly Crabapple was arrested during Occupy Wall Street anniversary protests today. She recorded the incident on Twitter. UPDATE: She has been released, tweeting a photo and this message: “There are other brave people in jail now who are going to need #jailsupport too.”

The arrest of the Marvel and DC Comics artist instantly earned responses from writers online, getting online support from Neil GaimanWarren Ellis and journalist Laurie Penny. Ellis even launched a on Twitter. Crabapple recently used Kickstarter to fund Shell Game, an political work inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Here’s more from Ellis: “Interestingly, what evidently happens is that NYPD insisted everyone get on the pavement, and once they were on the pavement they were arrested.  What I am pleased about is that Molly’s arrest wasn’t one of the violent ones – because nobody in the NYC power structure gives a s*** about sending the message that they will beat non-violent protestors to show how devoted they are to preserving the peace of breakfast in the financial district – and that, frankly, she gets to see the inside of a black maria and a cop shop.  Because that is going to give her a wealth of new stuff to draw angry, in the mode of her Shell Game pieces.”

Warren Ellis Inks Two-Book Deal with Mulholland Books

Warren Ellis has landed a two-book deal with Mulholland Books. The first book, Gun Machine, will be published in 2012.

Ellis is the graphic novelist behind Fell, Planetary, and Transmetropolitan and the author of Crooked Little Vein.

Here’s more from Ellis: “In GUN MACHINE, I’m writing about a disruptive event: a small sealed Manhattan apartment filled with hundreds of guns, each one used in a single unsolved homicide.  But what I’m talking about is money, the acquisition of power, the deals we make in the name of security, the unique soul-killing exhaustion that comes of caring too much for too long, and the faces madness take in our lives … I just have to trust that the good people at Mulholland Books will catch me when I get confused and give my New York City police detective rocket pants and a ray gun.” (Via Sarah Weinman)

Headline to Publish Novel Online for Free

In what is likely to be a very closely watched experiment, Booktrade.info reports that Headline is heading into new territory by publishing CONTRACT, the debut novel from British comics writer Simon Spurrier, online for free starting on May 24th. Piers Blofeld, editor of Headline’s new generation fiction list, says Headline is the first mainstream commercial publisher to make such a move. “CONTRACT was one of those very rare submissions that had me literally jumping out of my chair with excitement,” said Blofeld. “The publishing industry has been tiptoeing around publishing books online. While there are obvious issues for publishers, the main point for me is that what writers need above all else is readers. With his comics background and established online presence, the fact that Simon has the perfect profile for this kind of venture, is a bonus; as is the fact the book will resonate with a particularly large market demographic of internet users.”

UK SF Book News has more on the proposition, including information about a MySpace page for the book’s main character, Michael Point. And I wonder, if this campaign works, this might be a great idea for William Morrow to explore when British comics writer Warren Ellis‘s debut novel, CROOKED LITTLE VEIN, is released here in late July…