Grant Morrison – Perdurabo

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The ruthlessly eloquent condemnation of Grant Morrison, unleashed by Alan Moore earlier this year, still seems to be ringing through the mediasphere. Dangerous Minds sums it all up quite succinctly with “Alan Moore really hates Grant Morrison’s guts.”

One of the more enchanting rhetorical spells Moore casts against his fellow scribe, taken from Pádraig Ó Méalóid’s interview, is when he refers to Morrison’s “herpes-like persistence.” Which he intends as an insult, one would assume, but unfolds as an illuminating insight into what makes Morrison’s work resonate.

Persistence! Through all manner of obstacle and difficulty. It reminds me very much of Aleister Crowley’s magical motto: “Perdurabo” a latin word which is generally translated as “I will endure to the end.”

I for one would like to express my sincere gratitude for Grant Morrison’s herpes-like persistence, long may it endure!

Alan Moore, of course, still totally rules, and I very much look forward to his participation in Daisy Eris Campbell’s dramatic adaptation of Robert Anton Wilson’s Cosmic Trigger.

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  • Hadrian999

    Alan Moore could give Kanye West a run for his money in the self obsessed douche-baggery game

    • SpacedTime

      Yes! I’m with you on that.

      Moore is so proud and protecting of his (very exceptional) work, but Morrison is in it for the Art and the humanity. If Morrison had his way they could all come together to create a new Golden Age of comics. Moore’s throne has shaky legs, and he knows it.

      Morrison’s Perdurabo won’t be such a struggle due to his unrelenting optimism. Which is what comic books really need. We want a story full of heroes, not villains. Moore has made it very clear on which side he stands.

      • Hadrian999

        Moore is very talented and I have enjoyed some of his work, but my biggest problem with the man is that he is very guilty of all the things he accuses others of.

        • Liam_McGonagle

          Well, just about all humanity fits into that category, don’t we?

    • Frater Isla

      Moore is over-rated. Gateway drug for people who are too cool to read comics.

      • Ken_A1

        He’s written more than just Watchmen. Of course, you know that.

        • Frater Isla

          D’uh.

  • Andrew

    Who cares? They’re comic book scribblers, not actual writers.

    • Andrew

      Shut up, troll.

      • Frater Isla

        Comics are for kids

        • Andrew

          Not Marmaduke. That’s for, like, really old people who are senile.

  • zenonymous

    still ringing? this is the first I heard of…oh who the fuck cares.

  • Lee Swain

    Moore is a genius and the greatest comic book writer of all time.

    Morrison has some good ideas, but they are usually pretty poorly executed (the ones I have read at least).

    However while I have not had time to read this full text, Moore comes off badly here, bad mouthing another creator is beneath him.

    Despite the inaccurate persona of being a grump old man propagated by overly sensational headlines based on things he has said, he is actually a really likeable and humble guy. Just check out some of his appearances on thing like the Infinite Monkey cage, people who know him know what a how likeable he is.

    His outspoken distaste for the business side of the comics industry (and the movie industry that feeds off it) and the lack of respect given to creators and their work, has been used to paint him as cantankerous out of touch jerk, standing in the way of bringing awesome comic book movies to people. Which if you actually take the time to look at his comments in context is not the case.

    It’s true he looks down on comic book movies, but this is because he thinks that what makes comic books special is lost in the translation to screen. And that acting like comics should aspire to become movies only serves to undermine them as an art form.

    As much as I love the Watchmen movie, IMO it is certainly true that a great many people do themselves a huge disservice by watching that movie before reading the comic. If you see the movie first, the book will never be experienced and enjoyed in it’s pure form. The same can be said about many translations of books to movies.

  • Jonas Planck

    Hell yeah… WIZARD BATTLE!!! Maybe this’ll be one of those wizard fights where they each start turning into into different animals, until one of them becomes a T-Rex (hah, beat THAT!), and then the other turns into a pathenogenic microbe that infects the other….

  • echar

    I am not a graphic novel, nor comic book fan. So this is slightly amusing, and mostly confusing to me. I have read and watched a few Alan Moore articles, so I do know that dude tends to be a curmudgeon at best. I’ll chock this up to artists being all creative, and shit. *meh

  • salviad

    Damn! What’s with all the hate these days! Where is the love?

    • Adam’s Shadow

      My feelings exactly; I enjoy the work of both of these fine gentlemen.

  • http://www.evolutionarylandscapes.net/ Jeremy Johnson

    As usual I won’t take sides. Far better to appreciate both men for their genius, talent and artistic journeys.

  • Ken_A1

    First off:

    I know it’s way too soon to be asking about this, given the shocking and tragic recent death of Steve Moore, but I humbly request that Disinfo keep its ear to the ground regarding news of The Moon & Serpent Bumper Book of Magic. I think it would be a shame if it didn’t see publication, but I have no idea what stage of completion it’s at and I worry the worst.

    Next off:

    Moore and Morrison both seem to be victims of a similar predilection in the media: they both give interviews long enough to fill a small book, yet the blogs ignore all their enthusiasm and high-spirited remarks about stuff they like and go straight for the juicy stuff. The mean stuff. The gossipy stuff.

    Alan Moore hates Grant Morrison! Grant Morrison says Alan Moore writes about rape all the time! Alan Moore says the Watchmen movie can go to hell! Grant Morrison hopes Mark Millar gets hit by a car! And so on.

    And, I might add, present company included, Disinfo writers. Tsk, tsk.

    The irony in Moore’s remarks is that he must be aware of the piecemeal way that the blogs treat his interviews, but he apparently neglects that the same thing might be happening to Morrison. Once the news has made its way through the usual filtration system and arrived at Moore’s desk, all he’s getting is “Grant Morrison thinks Alan Moore sucks, purple monkey dishwasher.”

    I do love Alan Moore. He’s a marvelous writer, and the only reason anybody reports on the harsh stuff that he says is that he creates works that are significant and lodge themselves into history. He’s uncommonly excellent at what he does for a living. One suspects that if Tom DeFalco and Peter David got into a feud, it would go largely unnoticed by the blogs.

    I only wish that Moore’s willful disregard of certain people’s work might come with an equal recognition of his lack of a position to comment on it. I don’t think it’s that he’s being paranoid or thin-skinned, but that he’s making what might be reasonable observations, were they not based on an unreasonably small amount of information.

    If all he ever hears about is how so-and-so is insulting him or ripping him off, he will naturally be of the opinion that this is the main thing going on in the mainstream comics these days. It’s justified in some cases, but not enough to prop up certain blanket statements he’s made, including some of the ones he made about Grant Morrison in his interview. I don’t mean to discount the legitimate grievances Moore may have–Morrison has made his fair share of unsolicited snipes, after all.

    Although now that Moore has publicly stated his intention to refuse most interviews in the future, we can take it as a tacit admission that he knows how he comes across. He’s acutely aware that journalists will never miss an opportunity to bother him about this stuff and no longer wishes to put himself in that position.

    And sorry, Mr. Moore, but I will continue to uphold From Hell and Lost Girls as some of the finest works ever produced in the comics medium, despite the fact that I am an unwashed, out-of-the-closet, admitted consumer of Morrison works such as The Invisibles and All Star Superman. I harbor no regrets and fear no reprisal.

    • Matt Staggs

      I’ve been watching out for the book. I haven’t even found a release date yet. :(

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