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5Jul/126

Glasgow Comic Con: Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely in Conversation

Glasgow Comic Con returned for its second year after it was brought back to life after an absence of 15 years. Held in the Mackintosh Church once again, it was a fitting venue given Glasgow's ties with the world of art and comics. Hidden away from the centre of Glasgow though, it was a tight squeeze and the acoustics made it difficult at times to hear what was going on. Hopefully after expanding to two days and across two venues this time we'll see a move to the centre of the city next year.

The guest line-up was stellar, featuring Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely, Jim Starlin, John Wagner, Alan Grant, Rufus Dayglo, Karrie Fransman and more, many of whom spent the weekend mingling amongst the crowd and tirelessly answering questions, looking through portfolios, and sketching away. I'll be providing a full write up of the majority of guests in the next few days but first we'll focus on the headline panel of the Saturday - the dynamic duo of Glasgow boys, Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely.

Having the guys on together was a brilliant move, as Frank's calm resulted in a more relaxed Grant who is often slightly nervous in front of crowds. The two laughed and joked together, and it's easy to see just why they collaborate so well together. The boys talked Flex Mentallo and Pax Americana, with Grant revealing some of the names of the other Multiversity books -  SOS, The Just, Thunder World, Master Men - along with Grant's future book plans, his love for Damian, and both of them attempting to explain their philosophies of life.

The Glasgow Boys

12Oct/1112

Grant Morrison at the Edinburgh Book Festival – Full and Uncut

Grant Morrison made an appearance at the Edinburgh Book Festival this year to promote Supergods and have a Q&A session with the audience. Lots of talk about Wonder Woman, superheroes, the weaponisation of stories, risk taking, magic and the new Superman.

I did mean to publish this one not long after the interview went up, as I was sitting on it until after the newspaper publication, but I got slightly buried under other work - oops!

I've published my transcript in its entirety once more. I got a lot of good feedback on publishing the interview full and uncut though a couple of people weren't happy that I kept in Grant's tendency to ramble and his Scottishness. To be honest I feel that editing that out can often edit out the intent of what the person is actually saying (particularly for us fast talking Scots!), and while I am careful to keep my quotes up to scratch for a printed publication, it would be near impossible to edit a full transcript and be confident I wasn't misrepresenting the person.

In all my interaction with Grant Morrison the one thing I'm very sure of is his easy going manner, and that a lot of what he says (regardless of how you prefer to quote it) is both earnest and well humoured. Hopefully my interview with Alan Moore will be able to go up full and uncut too!

As always hit the jump for the full article.

Grant Morrison, courtesy of Kenny Mathieson (flickr: kennymathieson)

29Sep/118

Full and Uncut Interview with Grant Morrison

I interviewed Grant Morrison for the UK broadsheet The Independent on Sunday, but of course the word limit for that was only 1000 words, while Grant happily chatted away for over an hour!

I was going to post up some snippets here but I've been informed by the masses that the full interview in all its lengthy glory is what the fans want! And I am not one to disappoint, particularly as I had a really good time interviewing Grant who is a very lovely and down to earth guy.

Hit the jump for answers on Supergods, Action Comics, Relaunches, socialist vegetarian Superman, Leviathan, women at DC, chaos magic, singing John Lennon, dying comics, the Batgirl of San Diego, and much more.

Comics in the paper!

25Sep/112

The Independent on Sunday: Interview with Grant Morrison

A few weeks ago I interviewed the very lovely Grant Morrison for the second time, this time for a big press newspaper in the UK, The Independent on Sunday. Today was the day when it all got published, and I was very chuffed to see my interview as the lead feature on the books section - a whole page! Brilliant.

If you missed it, or if you aren't in the UK, you can read the whole feature here:

Meanwhile, back on planet Earth...

Where we talk about Supergods, Superman, chaos magic, and I talk about how lovely he is.

Comics in the paper!

My boyfriend is a photographer and I woke up this morning to find that he'd already nipped out to buy three copies for the photo he wanted to take!

After submitting my interview I was later told that it would be built into a comics special feature, and was asked to suggest and contribute some reviews. You can also read my two reviews in full here:

Turf by Jonathan Ross and Tommy Lee Edwards

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Fabio Celoni, and Mirka Andolfo

If you've been following my work and like what you see, do feel free to comment on the articles, recommend and retweet them and so on. It's hugely exciting to see comics getting such a big piece of the mainstream press action and I hope it's the beginning of more to come!

You can read my earlier interview with Grant here, and I'll be updating later this week with the rest of the interview (because the printed stuff is about 5% of what I have!) featuring the missing pages of Supergods, nihilistic mass media, lunch with Neil Gaiman, online fans and critics, different artists on Action Comics, DC opening their doors to women, and a whole lot about magic, John Lennon and socialist Superman.

Want a little teaser?

On Superman...

Grant:  "I kind of think of course he would be a vegetarian, I mean he would find it hard not to be. He's a super kid who grew up with animals and I'm sure he'd empathise with them pretty early on and just not be. I don't know, I might just put it in again to annoy people. "

(Followed, I might add, by a rather cheeky laugh!)

18Jul/1162

Exclusive: Interview with Grant Morrison & Signed Supergods Giveaway

"Who wouldn't want to see people – young and old – marching out and proud in their superhero and manga dream-costumes, all friendly and upbeat, rather than hunched and screen-tanned in the dark spitting venom? Only a bastard, that's who."

Amidst a hectic schedule of book launches, signings, and his usual writing commitments, the lovely Grant Morrison set aside some time to answer some of my own questions in his own words. I asked him about his latest release, Supergods (reviewed here), a mind-bending history of superheroes, as well as his upcoming take on a younger Superman, internet fan culture, mainstream comic appeal, and women and diversity in comics. It is hard indeed not to be infected by Grant's boundless optimism.

Additionally, I also have a signed copy of Supergods to give away. Leave a comment on this article (competition now closed!*) to be in with a chance of winning a copy of the book signed by Grant Morrison on the title page!

Hit the jump to read the interview in full.

Grant in Glasgow, courtesy of Kenny Mathieson

5Jul/117

Book Review: Supergods by Grant Morrison

"Too many business people who should have known better began to take seriously the ravings of misinformed, often barely literate malcontents who took revenge n the cruel world by dismissing everything that came their way with the same jaded, geriatric "Meh"." - Grant Morrison on the rise of the internet monster.

Comics are the perpetual teenagers of literature: misunderstood, disrespected, and never allowed to grow up. No matter how many Pulitzers, accolades, or blockbuster sales they amass, the comics - along with their readers and creators - are dismissed as adolescent in nature, only for those trapped in a nostalgic childhood they can't escape. Talk of a DC relaunch across their entire line later this year, with every title restarting at issue one, has seemingly confirmed this accusation, and led to claims of increasingly reductive storytelling. Can comics really survive in a dwindling market by rebooting iconic characters every decade?

The answer perhaps lies in Supergods, and as ever with Grant Morrison, it begins with looking at things from a completely different dimension. Morrison claims that superheroes are part of our contemporary mythology, made to be remade, able to reflect and predict the course of human lives, and all from a universe that is as real as ours. It may sound extreme, ridiculous even, but the Scotsman is keen to stress throughout that you needn't believe as he does, but to simply look at the facts.

Supergods: Our World in the Age of the Superhero