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Generational Bashing

Posted by Sam Kressin in Opinion

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Grant_MorrisonIt seems to be a tradition for each preceding generation to bash the next one. Grant Morrison wrote about this in his book Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human, Morrison believes the older generations have always despised and detested the younger. The younger generation is detested because they  will ultimately replace the older generation reminding them of their mortality and inevitable demise.  In fact the older generation is so enraged with the reality of their impending expiration they will purposefully create wars and send young kids off to kill each other. In a failed effort to forget their own mortality they will subconsciously take measures to eliminate their successors. You may or may not agree with Grant Morrison’s hypothesis on why generational bashing exists and it really doesn’t matter. The question is does it do any good? I believe the answer is no. I don’t see any change happen when one generation bashes another. Improvements are not being made I don’t believe it will help anyone get better.

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Grant Morrison’s Supergods

Posted by Sam Kressin in Book Reviews, Opinion, Personal Journal

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Grant_Morrison_SupergodsI just finished listening to the unabridged audio edition of Grant Morrison’s book; Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants, and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human.

Because I am a slow reader and like to listen to books while I am drawing I prefere to listen to books I get on Audible instead of reading them.

Supergods is a 480pg book about the history of comic books the development of the comic book industry and a biography of the author Grant Morrison’s live as a comic book creator, including his philosophy approach and process to writing.

If you don’t know who Grant Morrison is check out Batman Arkham Asylum, Flex Mentallo: Man of Muscle Mystery, Animal Man and one of my all time favorites All Star Superman. Morrison is one of the great comic book writers of the modern era.

Some of my favorite parts in the book are Morrison’s breakdowns of Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight Returns” and Alan Moore’s “Watchmen.” Both are books I’ve read several times over and Morrison sheds light on a number of incites I had never thought of or picked up on before. I also like how Grant Morrison describes his approach to comic book writing as more of an observer or visitor who watches things unfold as they happen and records them. Grant Morrison’s description of a quest for the shamanic experiences as he formulates new stories ideas is another really interesting concept. Over all I really enjoyed the book.