Creator ownership is one of the hottest topics in the comic-book industry, and in an upcoming documentary, the "Internet messiah" weighs in on the subject.
Directed by Patrick Meaney, Warren Ellis: Captured Ghosts chronicles the life and work of the influential British writer Warren Ellis, featuring interviews with Ellis about doing his own comics vs. penning stories featuring characters owned by DC Comics and Marvel Comics.
"I don't think he's as much of somebody who's a real hardliner about it, but I think he's somebody who's like, 'I want to do original work, I want to create new things, new things are really important to me.' That's one of the biggest things that comes across in the documentary," says Meaney, who also directed the 2010 documentaryGrant Morrison: Talking with Gods.
"Warren was really influential in setting up a lot of the way people promote themselves on the Internet, and he was really influential in the late '90s and 2000s in making people think about that fact that comics don't just have to be writing those same characters who've been around since the '60s or the '30s."