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Sunday, November 30, 2003
  Mundane Morrison Madness
Finally got around to reading the Grant Morrison interview over on The Pulse.  There's some fun stuff in there:

I see I'm not the only one wondering where Jen Contino got the idea that ten-year-olds wrote and drew Golden Age comics:
THE PULSE: In the Golden Age ten and eleven year olds could get jobs drawing and working on comics. Why do or don't you think comics are better now because that isn't likely to ever happen again?

MORRISON: I was 17 when I did my first professional comics job, which is ancient when you think about it. Jim Shooter was the youngest writer at 14, I believe. Joe Kubert's first pro outing was when he was twelve but ... apart from that, who ever told you there were ten year old creators in the Golden Age?

That sounds like one of those Mark Millar things ....

We learn that there's a popular comics creator desparately trying to copy Morrison, but it's not Mark Millar:
Even Alan Moore himself ran screaming from this kind of story and began an ungainly, 15-year long attempt to reinvent himself as me.
Morrison reveals that he's created a religion based on the story from Earth X:

Like skin cells or perhaps more like immune cells, we as individuals are all part of one immense intelligent living creature which has its roots in the Cryptozoic era and its living tendrils - including us - probing forward through the untasted jelly of the 21st Century. The body of this vast and intelligent lifeform - the biota as it's known - is still in its infancy and still at the stage in its life cycle where it must consume the planet's resources like a caterpillar on a leaf. What looks like environmental destruction to us is, I believe, the natural acceleration of an impending metamorphosis; just as a caterpillar gorges itself to power its transformation into a butterfly, so too does the biota consume everything in its path, in preparation for its own imminent transformation into adult form.

The Pulse is able to baffle the Master of Mad Ideas himself with one of their unintelligible questions:

THE PULSE: Are you of a Kid Eternity and [Captain Marvel] Jr. are brothers mind or of a how could anyone of EVER done that to those two characters type of mind?

MORRISON: Brothers? Are they supposed to be brothers in some weird League of Everybody-Knows-Everybody-Else universe? It all seems a little desperate.

Morrison (deliberately?) engages in a bit of double-speak:
This will not be one of those ... "We're completely reimagining the characters to be exactly the way they've always been" kind of things we're seeing so much of lately. These are new approaches to the material and some completely novel ways of recreating the whole concept of the "adventure hero" comic, using established templates. [Emphasis added.]
Uh, aren't you saying the same thing that you just criticized, Mr. Morrison?

All in all, an appropriately bizarre interview with Grant.  I look forward to reading his upcoming work.  The titles alone (Vimanarama, We3, Seaguy and the Wasps of Atlantis, Indestructible Man, C.O.O.L., Supertrendy Young Doctor) sound more imaginative than many comics out there.  And the artistic talent involved--Cameron Stewart, Frank Quitely, Philip Bond, Rian Hughes--certainly doesn't hurt.
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