Grant Morrison is the one who pulled me into the world of magic.
I had to search all over the place for quality information on Grant. Some sites republished derivative garbage. Some were just trying to somehow profit off his name (somehow…they probably didn’t think it through.) Of course, being a nerd with a raging comic book boner, I was trying to find things on Grant’s comic book work. The man has an impressive portfolio. He’s worked on every major comic book character out there, he’s taken characters down narrative paths I would never have imagined, and he’s produced some of the weirdest and most entertaining pop culture work out there. Then I found out he did chaos magic.
Everyone has probably seen the Disinfo speech…
It’s a bit of a classic now. Haven’t seen it? Take about 45 minutes and give it a whirl. I’ll wait.
Pretty intense, yeah?
It seems so fantastical it can’t possibly be true. Yet maybe it is, I remember thinking. I believe the thing that impressed me most when I was done watching this video initially is that I had doubts. I had doubts about the paradigm I had subscribed to for my whole existence. I thought I was free but then this made me doubt that. From there I went down the rabbit hole.
Here’s another good conversation he had back in 2005 at the Omega Institute. This is audio only, so listen and keep reading.
Here’s one from 2011: An Evening with Grant Morrison & Gerard Way at Meltdown Comics. The best part about this one is that Grant performs the song that John Lennon gave him during gnosis…or drugs. Can’t remember which.
I would be remiss to not include Arden Leigh’s interview once more because it closes the loop, in my opinion, between the Disinfo speech and today.
But wait, there’s more!
I’ve also got a pretty good library of links to written stuff as well that will be of use to any new POP Magic! practitioner.
I’ve got one essay that I like from Christopher Lirette at Emory University back in the day.
There’s also a history of Grant’s comic book work from Comics Alliance.
Here’s another at the A.V. Club about his comic book work as well.
This one is pretty good as well by CBR after MORRISONCON.
There’s also the famous occult fuckery war between Mr. Morrison and Alan Moore. You can get a lot of information on that whole thing here.
Rolling Stone had an interview with Morrison back in 2011 that’s also pretty good.
Here’s a thesis on Grant Morrison.
Another interview article can be found here from Metro.
Here’s an interview with Morrison in Interview magazine by James Gunn.
Here’s another one on the Morrison/Moore rivalry.
Here’s another thesis type article on Morrison as well.
An interview with ArthurMag.
Another one from Comics Alliance about his great works.
One from io9 about the documentary Talking With Gods.
This one is interesting. Morrison’s take of the Sekhmet Theory.
You may or may not have known that Grant Morrison took over Heavy Metal magazine a while back as the EIC. Recently they put out a Magick issue (#286) which I would highly recommend searching out. I thought, for those that may have missed it, you may be interested in Mr. Morrison’s editorial essay on magic, so here you go. Here’s a link to their free preview.
Do you know anything I missed?
If you have any good links that I’ve missed please feel free to comment and let me know.