So Which Grant Morrison Convention Are You Going To?

The Dundee Literary Festival has announced its lineup for Dundee Comics Day. And it’s rather impressive for this northernly Scottish city.

Grant Morrison.
Frank Quitely
Cameron Stewart
Jill Thompson
Rian Hughes
Frazer Irving

Basically, Grant Morrison and a bunch of artists he has worked with. It’s like Dundee’s very own MorrisonCon, at the D’Arcy Thompson Lecture Theatre and Baxter Suite Tower Building in the University of Dundee.  On the 28th and 29th of October, tickets are £15 for Saturday & Sunday Workshop and £5 for children under 13 – the guests will be in appearance on the Sunday.

But first at the end of the week is Grant Morrison And The Superhero Renaissance, on the 14th and 15th at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. Bleeding Cool reader Schedel Luitjen will be delivering a paper entitled Final Crisis, the Return of Bruce Wayne, and Neoplatonic Demonology. Here’s a brief extract.

“Now, if angels are the good messages of God, bringing comfort, hope, warning, or Divine Retribution, then devils are warped metaphors, twisted and false statements, and evil tidings spoken by Satan to ensnare mankind.  Many Christian writers throughout history associated demons with the false gods and untrue ideas of pagan Greco-Roman religion, making the idea outright as early as Justin Martyr’s First Apology in the Second Century A.D.  Falsehood purports to be truth, appears to be truth, but by some small warping or twisting, mixes up the message and reduces it to worthlessness.  The pagan gods, then, whose existence early Christian writers rarely questioned, were seen as demonic messengers of a false and evil will (indeed, the Greek and Latin versions of the Bible have Psalm 96:5 rendered ‘all the gods of the pagans are idols of demons’).

If demons are a manifestation of twisted, evil statements, then it’s no wonder that curses were associated with demonic infestations from time immemorial.  It was believed that curses were communications with devils (purposeful or not), which caused the devils to destroy or attack the person or object or area which was cursed.  A demonstration of this belief can be seen in the earliest known report of crop circles, a pamphlet from England in 1678 which proclaims that it tells of ‘The Mowing Devil’ in Hartfordshire.  In the story told in this pamphlet, a farmer is offered the services of a mower.  When the mower asks for too much money, the farmer proclaims, “The Devil should mow it, rather than he,” only to find that, in the morning, the Devil had mowed the  field in patterns so neat as to be impossible for humans to have made, pressed down so tightly that the farmer cannot remove the crop.  In this account, the farmer’s words were latched onto by a devil of the air (to Christians the traditional abode of devils, since Satan was referred to as the Prince of the Power of the Air in Ephesians 2:2), and the words were lived out by the demon, who became a living embodiment of the curse and demonstrated the Devil’s power on earth.”

The paper does eventually talk about Final Crisis…

And then there’s MorrisonCon, in between the two at the end of the month in Las Vegas. Bleeding Cool will have representatives here, all looking to have their lives changed…