Transmetropolitan

This is a Vertigo comics series which ran for 60 issues from 1997 to 2002, written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Darick Robertson.

It is set in a non-specified future where cities stretch out across the planet, filled with bored tech-fetishists all looking for the next distraction. Spider Jerusalem is an infamous gonzo journalist who returns to the otherwise unnamed “The City” to write some books and newspaper columns after years of hiding in a log cabin up a mountain.

This is a book that was hugely influential on me, and while the retro-future it predicted was off the mark in many cases, some of it is so sharp that it’s going to hurt to listen. There’s blasphemous and depraved content within so you have been warned.

Alasdair Stuart of The Escape Artists joins us to talk about all things Spider in this commissioned show courtesy of Ciaran Dachtler.

NEXT WEEK: Pick up and watch The Grand Budapest Hotel before listening to our show. It’s a rich, visually detailed film and you will enjoy it so much more not knowing what’s going to happen, and enjoy our show so much more having seen the film. 

Author: Alex Shaw

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