Tuesday, September 06, 2005
"I write to live and to make sense of things. Words and voices come out of my head when I ask them to and I write them down and show them to people, at which point the stuff from my head miraculously converts into money, then the money turns into houses and cat food and trips abroad and clothes and savings. I view the process as pure sorcery and treat it with the respect and devotion it deserves."
Grant Morrison is a flat-out genius. His worst work is worth close study, and his best work is sublime and invaluable.
"My own personal taste doesn't run to literal work or stuff where everything's neatly explained to me and tied in a 'clever' bow. The world's a big, wild mess and I like to reflect that. As a reader, I like to join in and not just watch, if you see what I mean, so as a writer my intention has always been to create experiences which deliberately raise questions or suggest further, untold stories and don't necessarily have one easy solution or outcome. I like to leave people with something to talk about and fire their own imaginations and I'm trying to capture the real patterns of real life."
Morrison crams his work so full of ideas that they come spilling over the edges of the panels. In comic only Alan Moore packs so much creativity per square inch as Morrison, and together the two of them dispense ideas at such a steady clip that it makes science fiction writers cry with envy.
"Will we remain unsatisfied until every newborn babe has a Spider-Man logo tattooed on his head? Aren't Marvel and DC characters on the sides of buses enough evidence that the whole world has fallen under the spell of comics? Does every man, woman, and child have to swear allegiance to Captain America's shield before we finally accept that comics are already valid? How much more validation do summathese goddamn fanboys need, for crying out loud!!"
Someone named Alex Ness has done an interview with Morrison for something called Pop Thought. Most of the discussion is about craft, but a lot of what Morrison says about the medium of comics in this context could just as easily be said about the genre of science fiction.
"Anyway, if you read SEAGUY, liked it and were entertained by it, isn't that enough? What else should a comic book do? Make love to you?"