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posted 15 Jun 2013 03:38 by Ben Hansom   [ updated 16 Jun 2013 07:26 by Ben Hansom ]

Finally reached the limit of my free storage with Google Sites today, so I've had to move the site to Google Apps (who offer 100 times as much storage, though there is a LOT of hoop-jumping to get it to work...).  For once my laziness has paid off - Apps used to be free but Google changed it pretty recently to a monthly fee model.  Fortunately, I registered an account ages ago and did nothing with it, and now I'm literally saving money with every word I type.  Loving life.

This version of the site won't be updated after today and is reproduced in it's entirety at the new link, so please change all your bookmarks, RSS feeds etc. to the new site at -

http://www.deepspacetransmissions.com

Get in touch if you're having any problems accessing the new site, or if you just want to shoot the shit...

A Load of Old Drivel - Speakeasy #108

posted 11 Jun 2013 12:16 by Ben Hansom

From April 1990's Speakeasy #108


“Drivel” was a monthly, scurrilous, humour, gossip, and opinion column in “Speakeasy”, the leading British comics magazine in 1990... I had a brief from my editor Stuart Greene and I mostly stuck to it, except when I used “Drivel” to indulge in William Burroughs-style “cut-up” experiments. My fee for the column went to Blue Cross, so all that manufactured bile wasn’t wasted and helped make the lives of some rescue animals a little more comfortable on a monthly basis. Otherwise, the persona I adopted for “Drivel” was an exaggerated caricature partly inspired by the Morrissey interviews I enjoyed reading. The whole point of the column – which was one of the magazine’s most popular features, incidentally – was to take the piss out of the comics scene at the time.

...The main target of the satire in “Drivel” was myself and if anyone’s reputation has suffered as a result of people in other lands and different times presenting as indictable some daft words written in jest, I’d suggest it’s been mine."

- Grant Morrison, November 2012

Batman Incorporated v2 #9 Annotations

posted 8 Jun 2013 17:15 by Ben Hansom

This issue of Batman Incorporated is an Easter Egg-lite but thematically heavy requiem for Damian Wayne following his death last issue, and once again Grant Morrison and Chris Burnham (with able assistance from Jason Masters and Nathan Fairbairn) deliver the goods. 

Word on the streets is that Batman Incorporated v2 will now run to 13 issues, with a Chris Burnham penned fill-in for issue #11 and the conclusion proper coming in #12 and (a likely extra-sized) #13.  Also to come once this roller coaster ride grinds to a halt is a Batman Incorporated Special with contributions from Burnham, Fairbairn, Joe Keatinge and, in an unlikely turn, a Dan Didio/Ethan Van Sciver Bat Cow story.  But for now?  Annotations-ho!

Click here for the annotations


Double Drivel - Speakeasy #106 & #107

posted 2 Jun 2013 09:48 by Ben Hansom   [ updated 2 Jun 2013 09:50 ]

A double helping of Grant Morrison's Drivel column from Speakeasy #106 (February 1990) and Speakeasy #107 (March 1990)

A Load of Old Drivel - Speakeasy #105

posted 14 May 2013 11:40 by Ben Hansom

From December 1989/January 1990's double issue Speakeasy #105




“Drivel” was a monthly, scurrilous, humour, gossip, and opinion column in “Speakeasy”, the leading British comics magazine in 1990... I had a brief from my editor Stuart Greene and I mostly stuck to it, except when I used “Drivel” to indulge in William Burroughs-style “cut-up” experiments. My fee for the column went to Blue Cross, so all that manufactured bile wasn’t wasted and helped make the lives of some rescue animals a little more comfortable on a monthly basis. Otherwise, the persona I adopted for “Drivel” was an exaggerated caricature partly inspired by the Morrissey interviews I enjoyed reading. The whole point of the column – which was one of the magazine’s most popular features, incidentally – was to take the piss out of the comics scene at the time.

...The main target of the satire in “Drivel” was myself and if anyone’s reputation has suffered as a result of people in other lands and different times presenting as indictable some daft words written in jest, I’d suggest it’s been mine."

- Grant Morrison, November 2012

A Load of Old Drivel - Speakeasy #104

posted 6 May 2013 02:34 by Ben Hansom   [ updated 18 May 2013 10:01 ]

From November 1989's Speakeasy #104


“Drivel” was a monthly, scurrilous, humour, gossip, and opinion column in “Speakeasy”, the leading British comics magazine in 1990... I had a brief from my editor Stuart Greene and I mostly stuck to it, except when I used “Drivel” to indulge in William Burroughs-style “cut-up” experiments. My fee for the column went to Blue Cross, so all that manufactured bile wasn’t wasted and helped make the lives of some rescue animals a little more comfortable on a monthly basis. Otherwise, the persona I adopted for “Drivel” was an exaggerated caricature partly inspired by the Morrissey interviews I enjoyed reading. The whole point of the column – which was one of the magazine’s most popular features, incidentally – was to take the piss out of the comics scene at the time.

...The main target of the satire in “Drivel” was myself and if anyone’s reputation has suffered as a result of people in other lands and different times presenting as indictable some daft words written in jest, I’d suggest it’s been mine."

- Grant Morrison, November 2012

A Load of Old Drivel - Speakeasy #103

posted 29 Apr 2013 13:17 by Ben Hansom   [ updated 18 May 2013 10:03 ]

From October 1989's Speakeasy #103
  
   
  


A Load of Old Drivel - Speakeasy #102

posted 20 Apr 2013 00:57 by Ben Hansom   [ updated 18 May 2013 10:04 ]

From September 1989's Speakeasy #102


“Drivel” was a monthly, scurrilous, humour, gossip, and opinion column in “Speakeasy”, the leading British comics magazine in 1990... I had a brief from my editor Stuart Greene and I mostly stuck to it, except when I used “Drivel” to indulge in William Burroughs-style “cut-up” experiments. My fee for the column went to Blue Cross, so all that manufactured bile wasn’t wasted and helped make the lives of some rescue animals a little more comfortable on a monthly basis. Otherwise, the persona I adopted for “Drivel” was an exaggerated caricature partly inspired by the Morrissey interviews I enjoyed reading. The whole point of the column – which was one of the magazine’s most popular features, incidentally – was to take the piss out of the comics scene at the time.

...The main target of the satire in “Drivel” was myself and if anyone’s reputation has suffered as a result of people in other lands and different times presenting as indictable some daft words written in jest, I’d suggest it’s been mine."

- Grant Morrison, November 2012

"He's Quick on the Draw - That's Grant" - The Govan Press November 12th 1976

posted 14 Apr 2013 06:39 by Ben Hansom

The text of this newspaper report from 1976 has been floating around on-line for a few years, but here's a scan of the actual clipping.  Featuring a 16 year old Grant Morrison, Marvel's Iron Fist and a couple of Grant's own creations, it appeared in Grant's local weekly newspaper The Govan Press in 1976.  The revelation that Grant had already 'contributed work' to Marvel UK is probably a reference to a 'Draw a Comic Strip' competition from a 1976 issue of The Titans in which Grant was listed as a runner-up (mentioned in passing in Dez Skinn's Comics International #73), though I've no idea if any of his art was actually published.  Anyone out there with a stash of The Titans they can check for me?

The character on the right could well be Luch (or Lugh) of the Long, a sword and sorcery hero created by Morrison and inspired by Celtic legend and Barry Windsor Smith's Conan.  The guy on the left with the 'M' on his chest is Monad, alias Scottish marine biologist Iain Kincaid.  Monad, whose powers derived from his emotions, spent his only unpublished and incomplete adventure tackling the thorny issue of the Northern Irish Troubles,  According to Supergods, Morrison completed 25 pages of the strip before abandoning it, with some of the ideas developed in Monad going on to inspire Morrison's first-long form work; the Captain Clyde newspaper strip which began in 1979.


A Load of Old Drivel - Speakeasy #101

posted 12 Apr 2013 13:31 by Ben Hansom   [ updated 18 May 2013 10:05 ]

First appearing in August 1989's Speakeasy #101, Grant Morrison's often scurrilous and always entertaining opinion column 'Drivel' ran all the way through to Speakeasy's penultimate issue #119 in April 1991.  The columns have never been reprinted anywhere and, now that I have a full set, I thought I'd put them up here.  Please feel free to get in touch if you'd rather I didn't.

Please bear in mind these columns were written a long time ago, and it's highly unlikely that the thoughts and observations laid out here form a complete picture or an accurate reflection of Grant Morrison's views today.

Click on the picture for the full-size scan...


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