“The first time I got excited about writing was reading comic books by Alan Moore and Grant Morrison as a kid. Growing up in southwest Louisiana, in a house without many books, the sophistication and depth of their stories were really mind-blowing for a kid.”
Nic Pizzolatto, creator of “True Detective”.
And it shows. All that talk about four-dimensional time from the last episode was straight out of The Invisibles (or most Grant Morrison interviews). And Invisibles also incorporated the King in Yellow.
Even before I saw this quote and even aside from the Invisibles similarities, I thought True Detective felt a lot like a comic. The way it steps away from its apparent genre into philosophical tangents about the nature of reality— it’s classic ’90s Vertigo gobbledygook. The whole thing feels like a comic I would’ve read and loved in 1996.
Between this and the upcoming Preacher series, it looks like TV has finally caught up with ’90s Vertigo.
“Don’t you see? There are areas in which only we are qualified to operate. When the rational world breaks down, we can cope… because we’ve been there, in ourselves. We have known madness… and delirium… and we are no longer afraid. The world has turned its back on us, but it’s time to stop being victims, time to show them we’re more than just freaks or cripples. Believe me, they need us. And we need each other.”
From Doom Patrol by Grant Morrison.
There’s this other quote I can’t track down where he’s like, yeah, Superman’s powerful, Batman’s the shit, but there’s stuff they can’t deal with, not because they’re weak, but because it makes no sense and would drive them insane. And that was what the Doom Patrol were for.
I remembered this because I was thinking about a time I talked a guy on shrooms through a really bad trip, and then thought about a couple of times I talked people through panic attacks, and I wondered if maybe the Doom Patrol’s mission statement could work as a mission statement for me too. I can’t do what Superman and Batman can do, but I can go places they don’t know how to.
EDIT: Found the other quote! “Suddenly they said to me, ‘Do you want to do the world’s strangest superheroes?’ And i thought, well, let’s do it like they genuinely are the world’s strangest superheroes. It’s a comic like no other. This is the shit Superman can’t deal with, or the Justice League, or Batman, any of them. It takes lunatics.”
New interview from BBC Radio 4. Scottish accents all over the place.
Haven’t listened yet, but the online description: “Grant details his earliest years on the Captain Clyde strip, how he enjoys tackling the entire continuity of long standing characters like Superman and Batman, the lack of police snipers in Gotham, how Mageddon in JLA represented his depression while listening to Blue Jam and how he spent his Arkham Asylum royalties on drugs. And how phones want to have sex with us.”
I’m like a minute in and he’s talking about chimpanzee armies.
“Women are always on trial. It’s always — ‘What do women want?’ It’s constant pointing the finger. ‘What do you want? Explain this!’”
— Grant Morrison explaining why his forthcoming Wonder Woman comic for which he researched the complete history of feminist thought will be about Wonder Woman going on trial, in an interview published less than two weeks before everybody started yelling at Miley Cyrus.