My favorite comic by Garth, Chronicles of Wormwood, was mentioned as his version of A League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Ennis compared it to League for the reason that he considers Wormwood had a similar premise with taking already established fictional characters (Jesus, Satan, God, Anti-Christ) and using them for a story. When you read Ennis’s books, you can possible tell that there are undertones of religion. An audience member asked if he was a “religious man,” and Ennis responded with that he is “more and more hardcore atheist with each passing year.”
With the announcement of a possible Crossed movie some wonder if any other of Ennis’s books would get the film treatment. The Boys was tossed around and the option was sold and is being renewed but he told no one to hold their breath for a film to come out. Preacher was thrown into the spotlight and there had been talk about an HBO series but Ennis said that the money wasn’t there and he was told that no one had ever done straight blasphemy for a television series before, especial one that stated God exists and is a dick. “For me, it’s maybe a shorter step than most.” (Referring to directing film.) He grew up on non-traditional comics and movies, liking western comics very much.
When pointing to influences he mentioned the film Alien. “That haunts my dreams to this day,” he said jokingly. The only comic he currently reads is Saga but Ennis has taken an interest in novels, reading more non-fiction than fiction.
One of the most interesting (and funny) parts of the panel came when he was explaining how the character Bueno Excellente received his name.. First off, for those who are unfamiliar with this slightly unorthodox character, he fights evil with the power of perversion. The name came from a friend of his who told the story of a porno film where a man expressed his gratitude for a girl’s less than church like action by saying “Bueno Excellente” over and over again. He heard the words and thought they sounded like a first and sir name.
We also found out that more issues of Dicks are on the way so it seems like Ennis is keeping himself busy, dividing his work between Avatar and Dynamite.