Superman All Star and Batman: Arkham Asylum Writer Grant Morrison told CBR how the publishing industry can sometimes be unfair to writers when their work is adapted by Hollywood.
In an exclusive CBR interview, Morrison was asked about their thoughts on how comic book publishers can improve their relationship with writers and whether writers get enough credit from publishers, especially when their creations are used in film adaptations. “I think, honestly, there’s been kind of a rift in this whole thing,” Morrison replied. “I think most of us who have created characters for comic books…and then seen those characters appear in film adaptations – well, honestly, we don’t really get much compensation for any of that. I think that’s not the right way to do business. I think comics always tend to lose their best talent because of that.
Morrison began working in comics in the late 1970s and early 1980s. They were hired by Marvel UK in 1986 and wrote comics for Doctor Who magazine before getting their first continuous strip 2000 AD in 1987. Morrison started working for DC soon after, where they first worked on animal man and what eventually became known as Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Land. They also worked on Doom Patrol, Batman, Justice League of America and Superman All Star for DC, wonder boy and New X-Men for Marvel and many other titles over the past few decades.
Asked about the current state of the comics industry, Morrison said: “Honestly, I don’t read enough of it anymore. DC always sends me a box of Collected Edition mockups, so I see a bit of a afterthought stuff… I read the DC Pride anthology the other day, which had a lot of good stuff, but otherwise… I just haven’t followed them, so I don’t think I’m qualified to talk about their current situation. “
Morrison is currently publishing a new Substack newsletter, Xanaduum, which they use to bust myths about the publishing industry and share their thoughts on making newer comic book titles. “The totality Xanaduumobviously that’s a big thing,” Morrison explained. “I do two posts a week, or so, the way it goes. In the end, it tells a complete big story. I kind of do this monthly collage thing like a 24-page sci-fi comic. Everything is based around that. I approach this notion of fragments and collage and how life can be represented simply by selecting pieces.”
Morrison also publishes his first novel, Ludawhich goes on sale September 6.