We talked to
Grant Morrison, one of the world's most successful comic book writers.
Here's the transcript...
Hello, and welcome to tonight’s live chat with Grant Morrison. Here's
the first question.
If you could carve a word or two into a city, as your Marvel Boy
did recently, which city and which words?
City: Los Angeles Words: Exterminate the stupid
Did you read any comics when you were younger? If so what were they?
My favourite comic was The Flash because he had the best costume
and the best super power
Grant, I've read in interviews that you view comic book universes
as mirror dimensions where a writer can play God (or at least that
is my understanding). How does the alteration of these comic book
realities allow you to create change/magic in our reality?
By the laws as above, so below
Hi there, Just wanted to ask if there will be any more Invisibles
comics, such as the mentioned diary of Edith Manning, etc..? I mean,
Sandman comics keep coming out, why not Invisibles? Thanks for a
good six year read! Greetings from Sweden,
The comic is a holographic splinter of the world at large. The story
is complete as far as I am concerned
What's the situation with the Invisibles mini-series BBC Scotland
were claimed to be interested in?
It's no longer the case with BBC Scotland. But Channel 4 are interested
I was told that noone will understand telepathy!
What do you feel is the zeitgeist now (it feels to me like we're
dithering inbetween) and where do you think we're going next?
I think this is a classic decadent phase and we will see a new phase
of modernism in the next 10 years. My view of the Zeitgeist is entirely
captured in "We're All Policemen"
Will DC/Vertigo still put out the remaining uncollected issues of
THE INVISIBLES in trade paperback format, and if so, do you have
any idea when we'll be seeing them?
Yes. The first one came out in Feb 2000. The rest of Volume 1 is
out next year and all of Volume 3 the year after that
You have often stated that your life & that of King Mob's character
have blurred/crossed over into the so-called real world. Now that
the series is over, has your life gone in a drastically different
direction, unrelated to the aforementioned fictional reality, or,
are the rumours true: Do you plan on doing a King Mob solo series?
There's still,a possibility of a King Mob series...but not just
* BBC-Host smiles at everyone in the room -)
The once-new "return to the silver age" type of heroism seems to
have come and gone rather rapidly, making way for big screen blockbuster
action & self-centered mercenary anti-heroes, a la THE AUTHORITY
& MARVEL BOY. How do you explain this sudden & drastic shift,
and do you
feel that is a good thing?
I think it's a good thing as I started it. It was the natural way
to go...reestablish the importance of the Superheros first
Thanks- And looking forward to your book. Still titled "The IF"
or has that changed?
it's stiil The If
Whatever happened to the Flex Mentallo trade paperback, and were
you aware that the Charles Atlas company took legal action against
DC because of him?
You answered the question. it was blocked because of the legal action
Can you settle an internet argument for me? I say that your Doom
Patrol is, basically, a superhero comic. Sure, a comic that evokes
a similar sense of weirdness and bizarreness that the original Doom
Patrol will have evoked in its readership, but it has fight scenes,
colourful costumes, soap-style character interactions and baddies
to fight. Johanna Draper Carlson, of www.comicsworthreading.com
rather says that "I'm not sure I'd agree with that. I'm not sure
some of the creators would either."
Obviously it's open to interpretation. It was a superhero comic
with my particular interests thrown in
Grant, could you please expand on your abortive plans to revamp
the Superman titles?
It's a long story but Paul Levitts, head of DC didn't want to revamp
them so that was that
Would the Invisibles have made a better job of beating the Matrix
JLA was a fun romp. Any chance we'll see you playing with DC's heroes
again soon? Grant Morrison on Aquaman would be most intriguing,
I had a really good idea ...Aquaman's mum was a mermaid and laid
eggs and there were thousands of them!
Whatever happened with your lawsuit against the people who did the
I dropped it cos I thought it uncool....thought a public shaming
<steve wacker> Is
is still possible to get your book Lovely Biscuits?
Yes...it's available on Amazon..or through the publisher..Oneiros
What do you think of Mark Millar's run on The Authority?
I think it's the best comic of the moment. In fact it's the only
Can you talk about how it felt finishing Doom Patrol as opposed
to the Invisibles?
Like watching your entire family shrivel and die in front of you.
It was a wrench...I cried my eyes out!
If a company pulped an issue of one of your comics like DC did with
Alan Moore recently,how would you react?
I would try my best to pulp the publisher
How do you handle media exposure in terms of magickal identity modelling
I use media exposure as a means of playing with multiple personalities.
Each interview is a different me and they're all untrustworthy
Did you start out writing straight text pieces when you were young,
or was your writing always comic-oriented?
I wanted to be a novelist,like Alan Garner.
But I drifted into comics because of what I'd seen Alan Moore doing
in the early 80s
Grant> Ed Mathews (SlushFactory.com) from NYC here.
We understand telepathy. Can we expect some sort of movie version
of The Invisibles to come to the USA?
A lot of people are interested but nothing definite
With word coming out about the new Zenith story is there a chance
that the original stories will come back into print?
I'd like to hope so. The editor is very encouraging
Who are your heroes?
William Burroughs, John Broome,
What things make you cry?
I just watched my beloved cat be put down today.
So I've been roaring and greeting all morning
Can anything be changed by mere comic books?
Grant, how is the Invisibles follow-up novel going? Is there a release
It's going fine but no date yet
<steve_wacker> Have any
of your plays been staged?
Yes..they were staged to full houses in 1989 and 1990 during the
Am I a sad, deluded fanboy, or are there really deep magical undertones
Yes there are deep undertones and Yes you are a sad deluded boy
for thinking so
Do you get many hot comic groupies?
Completely smothered...no I've seen them but that's all
Antlerhead> Can we expect any more long-form, definitive
comic series from you, on the level of The Invisibles?
Get ready for The Filth
Will Zenith be returning to 2000AD?
Yes shortly and in a fairly bizarre story
It starts off with Britney Spears being raped by a robot
Grant, what d'you reckon to Alan Moore's new stuff?
I'd rather not say. I'm not a fan.
One thing I really enjoyed was the Birth Caul
If you could poke any other creator in the eye, who would
So many eyes so few fingers
How's your novel coming on, and is it true you're writing a Dr.Who
I've expressed interest and may do it but it's not certain
Do you feel there are new currents arising in the world of magic
with the apparent demise of the Chaos aesthetic? What do you see
the future of the occult as?
Yes there are and they involve the destruction of all previous 20C
Good and evil aren't opposites they're on the same line ..so what
would be the opposite of that line
Ed_Mathews> Judd Winick is doing a graphic novel through
a book publisher. Do you think you'll do something similar in the
near future? They have him going on a book tour here in the US...
If it works for him I'll join the band wagon
Do you recommend schizophrenia?
Not during sex
If someone else was commissioned to continue one of your "own" comics
(Invisibles, Zenith...) what would you think about that?
It's unlikely to happen since I own the characters
Is it true that you're planning a new Zenith story for 2000AD's
What music are you into at the moment?
You've written a new Zenith story,what about Captain Clyde?
It will never happen..he died in 1991.
But his adventures are now available online apparently
< William_Brackeen> In
your opinion, who's the best comics author no one's heard of yet?
Don't know I haven't heard of him yet
Are you still doing your band?
Still recoding music but not in a band
Could an Invisibles movie be made by an American anyway?
Yes I don't see why not
Are you at the point with 'designer MPD' beyond any internal self-hierarchies,
or do you still privelage 1 or 2
I have a virtual meeting table where we discuss issues
Ozz_Man> Out of all fiction ever written, what would
you like to have written? (Excepting your own work, of course...)
The Ring O' Bells Mystery by Enid Blyton
Any words of advice to the youth of today?
Grow up all of you
<alex_jestaire> Do you
consider yourself insane?
No I consider myself the sanest man on the planet
A few months ago you mentioned you tired of the comics book and
you sound like you don't want to have anything more to do with it,
but then you start writing Mavel Boy and now lots of comic projects
are in line, what caused your change of heart and renewed interest?
I've always had an interest but my experience at DC put me off.
But that's behind me now
I don't know if anyone's asked yet but is there any chance you'll
be doing any creator-owned projects through Image etc like Gorilla?
Yes, but not through Image or Gorilla
Can you predict what the American comic industry would be today
if Alan Moore had not met Karen Berger?
All our comics would have been written by Peter Milligan...God bless
This week, we're finishing up printing our Phil Jimenez interview.
He's had nothing but high praise for you. Would you consider working
with him again?
The fella's gorgeous and a God...yes yes yes
What will your next comics project be? Is there a Marvel Boy follow-up
Marvel Boy ..there will be 3 volumes of 6 issues each with a strong
<Question>Is V for Vendetta
the best comic written?
Possibly..it's one of my favourites
Do you believe in Jung's concept of the collective unconscience?
I think it's an interesting workable model
Explain to us this "Filth"!!!!
No, wait and see
How many issues will Marvel Boy run and any launch date you are
aiming for on Fantastic Four.
The 1st series runs for 6 issues.
The Fantastic Four will be released early next year
man> Is it just me or are Daphne & Celeste hilariously
It's just you
What do you think is your best work, both commercially and personally?
Flex Mentallo, Man of Muscle Mystery
Can you write us a novel in under 10 words?
How much are you willing to pay?
I remember your covers for Fusion and have seen some of your breakdowns,.
Ever have the urge to draw a book for real?
You obviously go way back.
I know too many good artists to poach their territorybut I would
like to do a short story
How do you feel about John Lydon as the new Doctor Who?
I 'd rather have Stephen Hawking
Anything new about that Batman movie script rumour?
No news, but it's still a possibility
Was the "artist's jam" in Vol. 3 of the Invisibles your idea, and
what did you think of the result?
It was my idea and I think it worked for 2/3s of the way and fell
apart the rest
Have you visited any of the websites and message lists devoted to
the Invisibles? Have you heard of the Invisibles list hosted at
I've seen a few but haven't much time to go on these things
<alex_jestaire> does your
perception of magick make you an optimistic
No, almost dying in 1996 of blood poisoning made me optimistic
Grant if you could pick one event that got you started on magic
what would it be?
My Uncle Billy's library if the occult
Will you grow your hair back in the near future?
Never it's all over for me and my hair
With gatherings like Burning Man going more and more corporate,
how much harder does it become to create and maintain temporary
There's no such thing...the corporate people are living in the same
place as us. We need to live on the same planet...and stop thinking
them and us
Ed Mathews> Grant, I think the opposite of good
and evil is indifference. What say you?
Now join those 2 together and tell me what the new synthesis looks
like and is it usable
How do "strings, " as the underlying element of the universe, inform
Again, it's only an interesting model - no more so than voodoo loas
are essential models of the university
<Nick halliday> With
Mark Waid leaving jla, who do you think will take over the writing
No idea and it's not my affair!
What writers or groups do you consider to be on the cutting edge
of magic right now?
Phil Hein as ever. People on the Nexus
It was posted on the nexus yesterday that you're involved in no
less than 3 Hollywood superhero movies??
It's entirely true beyond that I stay stumm.
I'd prefer not to...but think Chris Ware writing Fantastic Four
that's the idea
What do you make of the whole Survior and Big Brother phenomenon.
It seems to play into your theories in the Invisibles about all
of us being tv stars.
I think my quote was everyone will be famous 24 hrs a day and that's
what's happening. More camers means more chaos
The Jam or Style Council?
The Jam. No contest.
<wesley crow> You
said you were into Japanese pop, have you ever heard Cornealius?
Of course have you heard the new Kahimi Karie
<Rizla 1977> Riots
are cool. true or false?
Riots are fun
Will you still work for D.C.?
Not at present
Do you plan on making a personal web site?
Yes it'll be up in the next few weeks
now that you're a high profile writer (again) , can we
expect reprints of your older material? ( Skull Kill Krew, Saint
Swithin's Day, tec...)
Probably not ...none of my work is ever collected
Do you wish that you could draw so fast that drawings turned into
majical moving images?
Every night at 3 am
Sorry if this has already come up, but any long term plans with
No long term plansjust a few projectsfrom now on I want to do my
own creative stuff
Do you see comics continuing to be a commercially viable artform,
or do you think they're on their last, quivering legs? And if so,
what's the future?
No I think they're about to enter a new boom period
Are you going to pull an Alan Moore and make work for DC through
Maybe...you know me. I always let you down
If you could change one thing in the dcu(or marvel universe) what
would it be?
That would be actionable
Have you checked out Whitley Strieber's website? He's saying some
very similar stuff to your 'visitations' in his recent journals.
I haven't seen the website but he's a smart man. Abductions have
nothing to do with aliens
Is it true you were abducted deliberately?
I went to Kathmandu in that hope and it happened so I guess mystical
experiences are available on tap.
Brendan McCarthey said ...we who seek mystery become mystery
Any opinion on Jaime Hernandez' Love & Rockets?
It was great for a good 5 minutes in the 80s
What do you think of Frank Miller doing The Dark Knight Strikes
What percentage of what we experience as "reality" would you guess
actually represents the totality of existence?
Which is your favourite Bond movie?
Any friction with friends/family during extreme ego-modification
Yes ..what would you expect but it's possible to have friction with
them just by being in the same room
<Nick halliday> Towards
the end of your JLA run it looked like you would be writing a JLA
spinoff, Ultramarines, is that now a dead-duck?
<Question> If you could
get some of the artists jam pages redrawn, especially the Ashley
Woods pages, would you?
No I quite liked them.
What didn't work in the 3rd part was the combination of artists
What's Frank Quitely's real name?
Dudley D Watkins
Will you be writing any fill-in issues for Mark Millar on The Authority,
Any other Marvel characters, besides the FF, that you plan on corrupting?
Silver Surfer is in my sights
<Shannon Smith> Did
you kill off Aztek because it seemed the best way for him to meet
his destiny or just so no other DC hack would mess him up?
What did you think of Fight Club?
Great except for the ridiculous Superman 3 sequence where they just
beat crap out of each other
<Alan> Who is the one
penciler you would like to work with that you haven't yet, and why?
Do you really consider Arkham Asylum to be pretentious dross?
Sometimes. Sometimes it's a work of shimmering genius
What is the flight speed of an unlaiden swallow?
Slower than the Flash's running speed
What's your opinion on digital comics? Are they viable?
It's an interseting concept but you can't read them in the bath
and paper comics don't give you cancer
Would you consider co-writing a few issues of Wonder Woman with
Our ideas are so opposite it would be impossible
Was your Disco 2000 story even close to your own Hogmanay 2000 party?
Not at all I had one of the most miserable Hogmanays known to man
<Leo_Zeygerman> Are the
beginning pages of volume 2, issue 1, just a play out of King Mob
entering the super context ?
The entire series is a playout of you entering the super context
So, I've been experimenting with writing fiction as a conscious
magical act, and you're right: it works. So well it's scary, sometimes.
But the all-over-the-place results make me think I need a banishing
ritual that's specific to the form; drawing pentagrams in the air
around my PC just seems too daft for words. So, do you use a banishing
ritual when you write and if so, what sort? How does it work?
I've never used a banishing ritual in any form of magic
Grant, your love of psuedoscience is apparent in your writing. Is
there any new scientific theory that has caught your eye that you'd
like to put to paper in fiction?
I read New Scientist every week and there's always something
Do you have any particular political persuasions?
That is all we have time for. Here's Grant with a final word.
Thanks for coming see ya all when I'm dead