Yesterday, we presented the first in a series of clips from an interview with best-selling comics author Grant Morrison, conducted by Eisner-nominated writer, musician and producer Percy Carey (a.k.a. MF Grimm). Morrison discussed his work on "Batman & Robin" in the previous clip, and in this one, he addresses the nature of deconstruction in comics and how it relates to his work on titles like "All-Star Superman."
"I came into comics at a time when people were doing what I would call deconstruction, stuff like 'Watchmen' and 'Dark Knight' and some of the things that followed them that were breaking down the hero or examining what it might be like to be a superhero in the real world," said Morrison. "I wanted to do the opposite. Those guys were bringing heroes into our world, and I wanted to see what it was like in the world of the heroes, and what it would be like to live in a place where the skies were primary color blue and where time cuts between panels and your entire universe can be erased by some guy's whim."
"My kind of approach was to try and find the root of them and build them back up and bring out the heroism again," explained Morrison. "It's just so beautiful to me that people who live in such a messed-up world create these amazing characters who are so much better than us. I wanted to deal with that aspect of them rather than break them down or drag them down to be like us."
Keep it locked to Splash Page tomorrow and into next week as we present more of Carey's interview with Morrison, including discussion of some of his upcoming movie projects, the difference between his work on iconic characters and his personal projects, and some thoughts on the lasting impact of DC's "Final Crisis" event.
For those looking for more from Morrison, be sure to head over to Meltdown Comics in L.A. today for a 6-9 PM signing event with the author.
Thanks go out to Percy Carey and the great folks at Meltdown Comics, as well as the video team of Milo Popp and Vito Lapiccola of Comics on Comics, the WebTV series where the greatest comic minds meet the greatest minds in comics. Check it out!