If you're worried at all about the Mayan 2012 prophecy coming true at the end of the year, you might want to make a pilgrimage to MorrisonCon in Las Vegas to have acclaimed writer/shaman/guru Grant Morrison to set you straight. At the panel entitled "The Invisibles and the Pre-Apocalypse" -- occurring, significantly, at the end of the convention -- Morrison promises to provide some essential insight:
As the Mayan's Long Calendar comes to an end on December 22, 2012, will the acceleration of invention, technology, and environmental disruptions bring about a long foretold ancient apocalypse and is humanity ready for the transformations that awaits us? Exploring The I-Ching, McKenna's Timewave Zero Theory, Native American mythology, The Sekhmet Hypothesis and 2012 predictive technologies like Clif High and George Ure's Web Bot Project, Grant breaks it all down and explores, demystifies and examines what it all means. Has his vision for this next stage of existence changed since he penned THE INVISIBLES? What advice can he offer for fellow prognostinauts in apocalyptic times?
After which I would only imagine Morrison and his followers heading out into the Nevada desert to form a new society based on high magick, psychedelics, and comic books.
io9 exclusively presents the entire MorrisonCon schedule, which mixes "traditional" panels on such topics as making comics with that of more outre endeavours such as embarking on "transcendental journeys," engaging in "occult ritual," and imbibing "brain-blurring cocktails." And, of course, the ubiquitous "Walking Dead" spotlight.
Is it all a lot of hype? Will Grant Morrison and his guests -- which include Frank Quitely, J.H. Williams III, Jim Lee, Robert Kirkman, Jason Aaron, and Jonathan Hickman -- successfully rip a hole in the space/time continuum? If so, can they prevent "LEGO The Movie" from being made? The world will find out September 28-30, when MorrisonCon hits the Hard Rock Hotel.