WORK OUTSIDE COMICS
In July 2011 SUPERGODS, his first major mainstream book, was published to great critical and commercial acclaim by Random House. Exploring the history of superheroes through the lens of his own experiences as a successful comic book writer, it introduced many from outside the world of comics to the genre, while proving a fascinating insight to those already familiar. It was featured on the New York Times Hardcover Non-Fiction bestseller list.
Morrison has been a member of the Writers Guild of America since 2003 and has written three commissioned screenplays, SLEEPLESS KNIGHTS for Dreamworks SKG, WE3, based on his acclaimed innovative DC/Vertigo series for New Line and AREA 51, based on the video game for Paramount Pictures.
Other screenwriting work in 2011 for features in development included DOMINION: DINOSAURS VS ALIENS for director Barry Sonnenfeld and Cheyenne Enterprises, ROGUE TROOPER for Sam Worthington’s Full Clip Productions and original indie genre film SINATORO. Thunder Road Pictures is also currently developing a film adaptation of his latest creator owned series JOE THE BARBARIAN from DC’s adult-oriented Vertigo imprint.
For two years from August 2008, Morrison worked as a Consultant with Warner Bros on superhero and genre movies and maintains a relationship with DC Entertainment through the DC Comics division.
In spring 2011, Warner Bros Animation released the feature based on his multi-award winning DC Comics series, ALL STAR SUPERMAN, to critical acclaim.
He is currently developing a variety of television, film and video game ideas based on new concepts, including a new sci-fi series, BONNYROAD with Director Paul McGuigan and Stephen Fry as Producer.
Morrison created 18 DAYS, an animated serial version of the Indian Epic, MAHABHARATA, for Liquid Comics which became a thirty two part internet web series in 2013, launching on YouTube’s Geek Week. A book of the development of the project is available with stunning illustrations by Mukesh Singh.
He has also worked on video games, with stories for BATTLESTAR GALLACTICA and PREDATOR: CONCRETE JUNGLE, both by Vivendi Universal. There are current plans to develop original games on a new platform.
Morrison is also an award winning stage writer, and is author to two plays: RED KING RISING, and DEPRAVITY. For his stage work he has received a Fringe First Award and the Evening Standard award for new drama at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, together with the Independent Theatre Award. A new adaptation of ‘Red King Rising’ for film production is being discussed.
He has written a number of short stories for popular anthologies including the ‘Hot Blood’ series and Penguin Books ‘Disco 2000’. ‘LOVELY BISCUITS’, a retrospective collection of short stories and theatre scripts, was released in 1999 by Oneiros Books. His travel writing also appears in Penguin's ‘Fortune Hotel’ anthology and he has contributed to the architecture book, 'Malaparte: A House Like Me'.
His many articles and features written for the press and television include the media satire column ‘The Smell of Reason’ in Sleaze Nation magazine, pieces for the Glasgow Herald, the Evening Standard and GQ Style, as well as ambient erotic prose for the fetish magazine SKIN TWO.
His artwork has featured in various shows including the CCA Gallery exhibition ‘Slipstream’ in 1998, at the Irish Institute of Modern Art in Dublin along with Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon, where he was also a speaker. In 2007, ‘The Invisibles’ was included in the 1st Athens Bienalle, ‘Destroy Athens’ and more recently has featured several times with digital video artists AL+AL in their shows with Metal and FACT in Liverpool.
His life and work has been the subject of several film and television documentaries, notably the feature length ‘Grant Morrison: Talking with Gods’, released in October 2010.
In September 2012, the inaugural MORRISONCON was held at the Hard Rock Hotel in Las Vegas, with guests from across the fields of comics, movies and music. The three day extravaganza included the only performance of a new spoken word piece, THE CON, featuring music by Gerard Way and James Dewees.
A second new spoken word piece, OLD FOX DREAMING was created for the GRAPHIC Festival, and performed at the Sydney Opera House in October 2013, with Peter Hollo.
He is a regular guest on TV and radio and participates in lectures as a prominent ‘counterculture’ spokesman. Previous events include the Unified Fields series of world summits at the Aspen Institute, Disinformation Company seminars and workshops in Manhattan, Los Angeles and the Omega Institute. In 2006 and 2008 at the San Diego Comic-Con, Morrison and Deepak Chopra held two major showcase panels to discuss the ‘Seven Spiritual Laws of Superheroes’.
Morrison, a practising Chaos magician since 1979, has travelled extensively, and played with various bands. He still writes and records music and stages semi-regular DJ happenings under the aegis of The Beastocracy in Glasgow and London.
Barely educated at Mosspark Primary and Allan Glen's School for Boys, he now lives and works between homes in Glasgow, Scotland and Los Angeles.
Outside of writing, Grant was short listed in the Most Stylish Male category at the 2007 Scottish Style Awards and was profiled in the Spring/Summer 2008 issue of GQ Style with a portrait by David Bailey.
In October 2012 Grant was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list for services to film and literature. He was the second member of the Morrison family to have received the honour, his father having been awarded an MBE for community work in 1998.
He has also appeared in music videos for My Chemical Romance’s songs ‘Na Na Na’ and ‘Sing’ as the villainous Korse.
Grant Morrison is represented by Lars Theriot and Mark Gordon at ICM.
Grant Morrison is represented by Lars Theriot and Kevin Crotty at ICM Partners.