Using plain language, Callahan opens up Morrison’s sometimes difficult texts and expands the reader’s appreciation of their significance, creating a study accessible to both Grant Morrison aficionados and those new to his work. An extended interview with Morrison on his early career rounds out the volume.
“The book has already garnered considerable attention online and at February’s New York Comic-Con,” says Publisher Julian Darius. “Author Timothy Callahan has been repeatedly praised in reviews of the book,” Darius reveals, “and cover artist Kevin Colden has been in the news lately for receiving — and declining — a Xeric grant.” Sequart Editor-in-Chief Mike Phillips is pleased with the final product as well. “From cover to cover,” says Phillips, “this book is an eye-opener. It really helps you appreciate the little things in Grant’s work that you may have missed the first ten times through!”
I know there are a lot of people who read comics for fun, and a lot of people who examine comics as true literature hoping to find new meaning behind the author’s work. Someone like Morrison who falls into category two tends to lose a lot of readers along the way. This book sounds like a good primer into his writing style.
Grant Morrison: The Early Years is the first in the new line of books from Sequart Research & Literacy Organization. You can read a preview of the work at the company’s website.