Wonder Woman, Zenith and New Seaguy: Laura Sneddon Interviews Grant Morrison

Laura Sneddon, whom we claim as our own and have dubbed ‘Sneddsy’ against her protestations, today has an interview with Grant Morrison up on The Guardian’s website. In the piece, which focuses on his upcoming Wonder Woman graphic novel at DC, Morrison also discusses the current Zenith situation – as well as revealing off-hand that a new Seaguy story has been written and is due for 2014.

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I won’t take large quotes from her article because go support mainstream comics journalism, folks, but the interview – conducted at the Edinburgh Fringe – does feature Morrison talking about the situation with Zenith. This would be the comic he wrote with Steve Yeowell which were recently reprinted by publishers Rebellion – seemingly against Morrison’s will:

We, uh, we spent five grand on lawyers’ fees. They sent [Rebellion] letters. We were very keen to discuss it and we’ve never heard back from them. All I can say is that we tried to get into a discussion with them and they just didn’t reply.

And right at the end of the interview, he also mentions that Seaguy will be returning in 2014, for a new story:

It never sold well, but it’s my thing. I want Seaguy to remain as my statement about life and death and the universe.

Go read it! He also talks at length about the history of Wonder Woman, his approach to the character, and what we should expect from himself and artist Yanick Paquette in the story.

Comments

  1. Huzzah! Yes, this is for a mainstream audience so it was edited by the Guardian to better fit that – hopefully it will encourage those who don’t read monthly comics to pick up a collection and give it a whirl.

    I have oodles of material left, on Batman, Action, Annihilator and much more. I wonder where that will be posted next week? ;)

  2. Simon Jones says:

    I read it this morning. It was a nice piece and nice to see it in a national broadsheet.

    By the way, can we call you Sneddsy as well now? Just asking

  3. Synsidar says:

    Morrison’s comments on Wonder Woman were interesting, but it remains to be seen how much of his story will be about Wonder Woman, the person, versus what Wonder Woman represents.

    A writer could do a similar “trial” story about practically any superhero who delivers vigilante justice and is required to justify his actions. He might relate his actions to real-world societies and to the fantasy land which is filled with villains for the hero to fight. But justifying his actions in terms of the fantasy land doesn’t accomplish anything.

    Wonder Woman’s matriarchal society is also a fantasy. Real-world feminism has practically nothing to do with opposing sexism physically; it’s all about social norms, expectations, and combining child-rearing with a career. If his story concentrates on Wonder Woman’s fantasy elements, will it say anything meaningful?

    SRS

  4. Cheers Simon! Mainstream coverage is my thing, which comes with its own set of difficulties, but I love getting positive coverage of comics out there.

    I hope Sneddsy does not catch on :P

  5. Snedddd-sssyyyy! The Sneddster! Sneddmeister! Judge Snedd!

  6. George Bush (not that one) says:

    Sneddsy sounds cute ! Could be worse lol.

  7. Simon Jones says:

    I just thought that it was nice to see comics being treated in a reasonable way in the mainstream press, which I think that the Guardian have done pretty well. It’s nice to see an article about comics in the newspaper which doesn’t immediately have a tone of “Hey! Comics aren’t just for kids”.

  8. Torsten Adair says:

    Yay, mainstream comics journalism in the UK!
    That’s how Neil Gaiman got started.

    http://journal.neilgaiman.com/2009/02/dragged-screaming-from-vaults.html

  9. Bloody hell, I’ve got a way to go to catch up with Mr Gaiman :D

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