Myself and Grant Morrison earlier today, signing at the British Library. I think this is the one Kristan Morrison took?
Multiversity arrives this August!
Here is the solicit:
The biggest adventure in DC’s history is here!
Join visionary writer Grant Morrison, today’s most talented artists, and a cast of unforgettable characters from 52 alternative Earths of the known DC Multiverse! Prepare to meet the Vampire League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, the legion of Sivanas, the Nazi New Reichsmen of Earth-10 and the latest, greatest Super Hero of Earth-Prime: YOU!
Comprising six complete adventures – each set in a different parallel universe – plus a two-part framing story and a comprehensive guidebook to the many worlds of the Multiverse, THE MULTIVERSITY is more than just a multipart comic-book series. It’s a cosmos spanning, soul-shaking experience that puts YOU on the frontline in the Battle for All Creation against the demonic destroyers known as the Gentry!
In issue #1, pencilled by superstar artist Ivan Reis (AQUAMAN, JUSTICE LEAGUE), President Superman of Earth-23 uncovers a threat to all Reality so apocalyptic it will take a team of incredible heroes from across the Multiverse to face it – including Captain Carrot, like you’ve never seen him before!
But even with a multitude of alternate worlds to choose from, where every variation is possible, can anyone hope to prevail against the onslaught of ultimate evil and undying hatred – in the unstoppable form of a one-time cosmic defender with unimaginable powers?! Join us, if you dare, for the beginning of THE MULTIVERSITY!
Okay, DC Comics; you finally tricked me into buying some of your junky comic books.
I can hardly wait to see Captain Carrot fuck some motherfuckers up. :|
And this is my favorite thing I’ve ever written about Superman. Happy Miracle Monday!
I want to talk about this moment from Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely’s All-Star Superman- the famous page in which the Man of Steel stops a teenager from committing suicide. Along with the eight word origin, it’s one of the most discussed sequences in the book. It happens when Superman is dealing with huge stuff in his own life, and it demonstrates how much he genuinely cares about the people he protects.
But you know all of that. What I want to talk about is the appearance of Regan, the kid he saves. I suppose it would be easy to look at how this character is dressed and see a perpetuation of the old, old stereotype about goths being suicidal, but that’s never how it struck me.
A big part of what I love about this scene is that Regan is so obviously a freak (and please understand, I use that word from a place of solidarity). Regan doubtless gets mocked and bullied at school, treated as an outcast and perhaps even a monster just for being different from everyone else. I acknowledge that there’s no direct evidence for it, but I personally can’t help but read Regan as queer. And if you’ve noticed me avoiding pronouns, it’s because there’s also no evidence on the page of Regan’s gender identity, although Quitely’s dimorphic art style has understandably led most readers to see a girl.
First of all, I love that someone like Regan exists in the retro-world of All-Star Superman. Far too often, the urge to recapture the storytelling magic of a particular earlier era (like, say, Silver Age Superman comics) is accompanied by a tendency to “clean up” the society depicted to resemble an idealized past, eliminating the freaks, punks, queers, and so forth. In fact, even the mainstream DC universe doesn’t have a lot of non-villainous characters running around who look like Regan. But in Morrison Land (and for those of us who’ve read his work for the last twenty years, this is hardly surprising), fantasmical retro-super-science can coexist comfortably with facially pierced teenagers.
More importantly, none of this matters to Superman. He doesn’t care if you’re goth or queer or trans or emotionally unstable. Superman looks at Regan and he sees a human being, and someone who needs his support. And so he helps, because that’s what he does. What Superman says in the panels above is great, but in that moment, and especially afterwards when they embrace, he’s also saying something else through his actions: “I accept you. Who you are isn’t scary or weird to me- you’re a person, and I care about you.” I think that must matter quite a bit to Regan, and I know it matters to me.
"A lad with a great future is Grant Morrison."
DC COMICS’ ‘MULTIVERSITY’ WILL FINALLY ARRIVE IN AUGUST FROM GRANT MORRISON AND AN ARMY OF ARTISTS
DC’s Multiversity is finally happening. Originally Announced in 2009 as an intended 2010 release, the first 40-page issue of the multiverse-spanning story by writer Grant Morrison and artists including Chris Sprouse, Karl Story, Ben Oliver, Frank Quitely, Cameron Stewart and more, now has an August 2014 release date. Comic Book Resources has a first-look at the first installment’s colored interiors with a two-page spread by Reis, Joe Prado and Nei Ruffino, along with an official statement from Morrison that names the threat that heroes including the newly previewed Superman Kalel from Earth-23 will be facing.
From Morrison’s official statement:
The Multiversity’ has been a labor of love almost eight years in the making, and brings together an unstoppable supergroup of artists — Reis, Sprouse, Oliver, Quitely, Stewart and more — with a cast of unforgettable characters from the 52 alternative Earths of the known DC Multiverse!
“Prepare to meet the Vampire Justice League of Earth-43, the Justice Riders of Earth-18, Superdemon, Doc Fate, the super-sons of Superman and Batman, the rampaging Retaliators of Earth-8, the Atomic Knights of Justice, Dino-Cop, Sister Miracle, Lady Quark, the legion of Sivanas, the Nazi New Reichsmen of Earth-10 and the LATEST, greatest superhero of Earth-Prime — YOU!
Comprising seven complete adventures — each set in a different parallel universe — a two part framing story, and comprehensive guidebook to the many worlds of the Multiverse, ‘The Multiversity’ is more than just a multi-part comic book series, it’s a cosmos-spanning, soul-shaking experience that puts YOU on the front line in the Battle For All Creation against the demonic destroyers known as the Gentry!
But beware! Power has a cost, and at the heart of this epic tale waits the cursed and malignant comic book called ‘Ultra Comics’…
How safe is YOUR head?
Join us, if you dare, for ‘The Multiversity!’” — Grant Morrison
Been waiting so long for this thing. I need some Quitely art without Millar’s writing attached.
DC’s “The MULTIVERSITY”
Finally a DC project I’m excited about.
Stuart Immonen 2012: Beast character redesign sketch
The story goes like this: incoming X-Men writer Brian Michael Bendis likes classic George Perez-era Beast. However, X-Men editor Nick Lowe has vested interest in not changing the character just for nostalgia’s sake. Neither side budges an inch until Matt Fraction lays down some Solomon-type wisdom:
Can we not just say to Stuart, what does new Beast look like and let Stuart just go be genius Stuart and come up with some amazing new look?
Just out of curiosity: which version of Beast do you all prefer?
This one, actually. It’s really bottom heavy, which I think is a neat choice for a character whose main feature is is intelligence. I also like how he almost has hair?
I am very fond of the New X-Men Frank Quitely cat god design, though.
I love this design for Hank. I also love his original, furrless design, and his original furry design. Actually the only design I don’t much care for is precisely Quitely’s version, which exemplifies everything I think is wrong with Morrison’s mainstream super-hero work: it’s just a retread of old and not even obscure or forgotten ideas from other creators who worked on th same characters.
Look at Morrison’s Swamp Thing, X-Men, JLA, Batman: it’s all a modern retelling of classic Silver & Bronze age stories, repackaged for the current audience. It’s smart, it’s shiny, brilliant at times, but it doesn’t bring anything new to the table in terms of content.
DC comics for May: this is the cover for the Doom Patrol Omnibus hardcover, drawn by Brian Bolland.
Animal Man #19, January 1990, cover by Brian Bolland
I don’t care much for Morrison’s super-hero work - his X-Men, Batman and even All-Star Superman are all basically post-modern retellings of classic runs on these characters - but Animal Man, I like.
Hello Dear Readers,
With one week left on the Something Terrible Kickstarter campaign, I am so very pleased to tell you we are presently at over 500% of our original goal.
Thank you all so much for supporting this book, which, as many of you know well, has the potential to truly help those who most need to know that what happened to them hasn’t defined them. Their choices have. And will continue to.
In this last week, I’m asking you all to please continue to share the link to this campaign on your social networks and blogs, as we’re closing in on the second stretch goal for the extended epilogue, a free poster for all physical orders, and hiring Hannah Nance Partlow (who hand-designed the text logo on Something Terrible’s cover) as our book designer. My mom and dad have offered to help me with reward packaging, and are turning my old bedroom into a mailing center. “It’ll give me an excuse to finally clean out the upstairs bedrooms,” Mom said. Haha.
Anyway: thank you, thank you, thank you, Dear Readers. You’ve helped take the darkest chapter of my life and transform it into not just a turning point for me and my personal mission, but into a light that can be used to guide others away from self-doubt, self-harm, and despair. I genuinely cannot believe that my life has changed so much as a result of opening up about my most closely held secret. I was at SDCC a six years ago when my favorite writer and chaos magician, Grant Morrison, (whom comics fans will have spotted references to in Something Terrible) said this:
"You’ve got to remember, in the entire history of the universe, you’re the only YOU that has ever existed and ever will exist. For your little span of seventy, eighty, a hundred years, there’s nothing like you that’s ever existed before or since. And only you see the world the way you see the world. And we want to know how you see it. We try to tell you how we see the world, in the hope that it helps, and at the same time we want to hear what you’ve got to say, because there is nobody in existence who is YOU, and can tell the rest of us how it looks. And it might be so different and so beautiful, that it changes everything."
You never know.
Share this story. I’m still hearing from people all over the world who are just finding out that their significant other or parent or dear friend was able to open up about their own experiences and find new strength by reading Something Terrible. With any other story of mine, this would sound like absolute hucksterism, but I know for a fact that by sharing this story you are truly helping people.
And to those of you who needed this story most, because you could sadly relate all too well to it, and have come here to support this book and get a copy to hold in your hands, I love you, and I’m SO glad our stories are crossing over right now. Get ready for big, bright hugs when you see me at cons.
Speaking of which, there’s a Something Terrible Panel approved for Emerald City Comicon, at the end of March, so if you’re in the area, or able to attend, keep an eye on the schedule for that. I’ll be speaking with Kate Leth of ComicsAlliance.com about Something Terrible and what’s come since sharing it online.
Thank you again. You are who you choose to be. Use all of your abilities to help everyone you can.
Look for my signal. <3
P.S. Over at my superhero redesign art site, Project: Rooftop, we’re holding a contest to redesign Batgirl for our eighth anniversary. If you like drawing superheroes, JOIN IN!
Something Terrible is a powerful read, but this Grant Morrison quote..? It’s priceless.
Alright, getting this in ten minutes before the day’s up. This is Superdemon from Earth 17. Grant Morrison did a sketch of him in the Final Crisis Secret Files and described him as being “hurled to earth from the doomed planet Kamelot, by the astro-magics of Merlin, The Demon Etrigan took up residence in the body of a Midwestern preacher’s son, Jason Blood. Jason’s indomitable will tamed with the unruly demon and he learned how to use its great powers in defense of Earth 17, a spooky Halloween world where magic and science co-exist.” So that’s awesome. I hope this is one of the Multiversity books.
Also, it goes without saying this is an homage to All Star Superman because… why not?
Grant Morrison: why I’m resurrecting Wonder Woman
I chat to Grant Morrison for The Guardian about Wonder Woman, Seaguy and Zenith. Grant is appearing at Stripped, the comics and graphic novels programme at the Edinburgh Book Festival, on Friday.
We spoke for over an hour, on a variety of subjects including the intricacies and ending of Batman Incorporate and Action Comics, the upcoming Annihilator, having his opinions taken as anything more than the fleeting opinions of one dude, more on that return of the Golden Age style Diana in his Earth One book, and much more.
That will all come out later - this was for the mainstream audience and got edited accordingly. It seems to have been really popular so here’s hoping we get a) more comics in the mainstream media coverage, and b) more people picking up some comics collections to give them a try ^_^
Go read! - Grant Morrison: why I’m resurrecting Wonder Woman