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Monday, May 9, 2011

About Grant Morrison

I admit to not following the comics world very closely, so I'm passing on a tip from Chris Tucker, a correspondent in Canada:

"I recently came across a film I think your readers would like. It's Talking With Gods about comic book writer Grant Morrison. In the film Morrison explains how he was influenced by Wilson and Crowley and puts into use the systems of magick they describe to create his art. The film also has some clips of the DisInfo conference that Morrison spoke at along with Bob Wilson and Douglas Rushkoff."

Morrison's The Invisibles, a comic book series that ran from 1994 to 2000, was nominated this year for the Prometheus Award of Hall. It didn't make the final ballot (but then again, neither did one of my nominations, The Universe Next Door by Robert Anton Wilson.)

Here are a couple of sentences from Morrison's Wikipedia biography: "With the three volumes of the creator-owned The Invisibles, Morrison would start his largest and possibly most important work. The Invisibles combined political, pop- and sub-cultural references. Tapping into pre-millennial tension, the work was influenced by the writings of Robert Anton Wilson, Aleister Crowley and William Burroughs and Morrison's practice of chaos magic. At DisinfoCon in 1999, Morrison said that much of the content in The Invisibles was information given to him by aliens that abducted him in Kathmandu, who told him to spread this information to the world via a comic book. He later clarified that the experience he labeled as the "Alien Abduction Experience in Kathmandu" had nothing to do with aliens or abduction, but that there was an experience that he had in Kathmandu that The Invisibles is an attempt to explain. The title was not a huge commercial hit to start with. (Morrison actually asked his readers to participate in a "wankathon" while concentrating on a magical symbol, or sigil, in an effort to boost sales)."


Jason Pilley said...

"Morrison actually asked his readers to participate in a "wankathon" while concentrating on a magical symbol, or sigil, in an effort to boost sales."

And it worked! Ah, it was the Nineties...

"The Invisibles" is ("seems to me to be", I should say) as good as or better than "Illuminatus!" and most of the rest of GM's work is also worth your time.

As far as comics go, you don't want to miss out on Alan Moore either - author of "V For Vendetta," "Promethea," some wonderful spoken-word performance pieces and like loads more.

Morrison and Moore are both big RAW fans.

Eric Wagner said...

I love both Morrison and Moore's work.

Jesse said...

While I don't think The Invisibles is as good as Illuminatus!, I do think it can stake a claim to being the Illuminatus! of the '90s.

Jason Pilley said...

Of course you realise this means war.

Eric Wagner said...

I loved the Invisibles, but I prefer Illuminatus! I also loved Morrison's work on Doom Patrol.