Go read The Invisibles!

Drinking game: every time you catch an instance of me clearly having copied The Invisibles in my own life, drink.

"Humans are significance providers. We give things names, ‘personalities,’ meanings so that we can relate to them in a way that feels enriching. And if we don’t add the seasoning of significance to our experience, we feel bad. If we do sprinkle on significance, we feel good. It’s really that simple. Even the so-called ‘bad’ feelings or negative states we experience are rich storehouses of meaning. This last year after my dad died and my cats died, I felt so bad and so hopeless but I had to acknowledge that I still felt. These feelings are not actually the negative kinds of states that they try to convince you they are. They’re feelings, and they’re all quite sharp and they’re all quite bright and alive. The meaning is that life HURTS in many instances, generally because it implicates us in something desperately precious and fragile and temporary. It tells us we have immanent, time-transcending aspects of consciousness which find it difficult yet fascinating to observe the corrosive action of Time on form. That’s a good a meaning as any."

Grant Morrison, here.

I think that’s the interview I once labeled as the best Grant Morrison interview ever done. Don’t remember. Maybe!

now i can’t stop noticing parallels between the invisibles and true detective

At the beginning of the first episode of True Detective, Cohle says "This is gonna happen again. Or it’s happened before. Both."

The opening line of The Invisibles: “And so we return and begin again.”

Everything that’s come up in True Detective about the nature of time is straight out of Invisibles.

I wonder whether True Detective’s take on the King in Yellow will have anything in common with the Invisibles’s take (which, as seen in that link, inspired one of my favorite lines of the series).

"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.

Neil Gaiman and Grant Morrison, then and now.

"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.”

I think that might’ve been my email signature quote when I was like 17.

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.

Just saying, Grant Morrison was doing comics about teenage Muslim superheroes before it was cool.

Just saying, Grant Morrison was doing comics about teenage Muslim superheroes before it was cool.

In the early ’90s, Grant Morrison, a practicing occultist with a predilection for psychedelics, decided to use the traditional ceremonial magick techniques one might use to summon a god, but to instead summon someone he felt had all the qualities of a god: John Lennon.

Creating the most Lennon-like environment he could and taking LSD as a sacrament, Morrison claims to have seen a giant John Lennon head made of living music. He spoke with Lennon a bit, and even claims to have been given a song by Lennon.

A short time later, Morrison used his notes from the ritual in the first issue of his comic The Invisibles. This is artist Steve Yeowell’s Peter Max-inspired depiction of what Morrison experienced.

Happy 73rd birthday.