“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.
“You know what they always say about kids? That kids can’t distinguish between fantasy and reality. And that’s actually bullshit. When a kid’s watching ‘The Little Mermaid,’ the kid knows that those crabs that are singing and talking aren’t really like the crabs on the beach that don’t talk. A kid really knows the difference. Then you’ve got an adult, and adults can not tell the difference between fantasy and reality. You bring them fantasy, and the first thing they say is ‘How did he get that way? Why does he dress like that? How did that happen?’ It’s not real… But we get people reading superhero comics and going, ‘How does that power work? And why does Scott Summers shoot those beams? And what’s the size of that?’ It’s not real! There is no science. The science is the science of ‘Anything can happen in fiction and paper’ and we can do anything. We’ve already got the real world. Why would you want fiction to be like the real world? Fiction can do anything, so why do people always want to say, ‘Let’s ground this’ or ‘Let’s make this realistic.’ You can’t make it realistic because it’s not.”
— Grant Morrison
“Call me superficial if you must, but one of the things I like most about the Vertigo books is that, by and large, they’re written and drawn by people who look good. In a world devoid of meaningful content, I value style above all else and Vertigo, if it is anything, is surely the native land of comic-book style. You won’t find any sartorial catastrophes in our neck of the woods. No sir. We got no time for baseball caps and Next Gen T-shirts. Here at Vertigo you’ll find instead a gabbling gaggle of strutting peacocks who know how to dance; people who regularly and fearlessly venture to the extremities of human endeavour by traveling the world, ingesting strange drugs and indulging in extravagant sexual practices and dangerous sporting activities. People, in short, who are interested in Living Life and, most important, in bringing back their experiences in the form of fresh ideas to create the coolest comic books for the coolest readers. Simple.”
Grant Morrison, 1994.
I remember reading this as a 14-year-old and thinking it was a great manifesto for the kinds of comics I wanted to read and the kind of art I wanted to enjoy in general. I still like the idea of living life and having adventures and basing your art on that instead of sitting around being boring, and I think I got that idea from reading this when I was young and impressionable.
It feels really weird to identify specific quotes that influenced you for decades to come. My entire personality is strung together from things Grant Morrison and Johnny Rotten said when I was 14.