Grant Morrison MBE

Grant Morrison MBE

Wed, 2012-06-20 11:16

Grant Morrison, writer well know for his individualistic scripting in comics  ( All-Star Superman, Animal Man, Batman and Robin, Batman R.I.P., The Filth Final Crisis. The Invisibles, Seven Soldiers, and  Zenith ) is on the honours list as being awarded  Member of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire "for services to Film and Literature." He will get to meet, and I believe kneel before, Queen Elizabeth II

The MBE was established by King George V in 1917 with the view to extend the honours system to include a wider range of social classes and  recognise all levels of service to the country  during the first 'total' war. It has evolved to embrace service and achievement in all fields. Unused since 1993 it has recently been restored.
For some in the UK  the very idea of honours from the Queen raises questions about , monarchy, egalitarianism, social differences, deference, patronage, feudalism et al. and this particular award doubts about Empire.
Many gifted and dedicated people have received it. Refusal to accept it was usually unannounced. Writers and Artists who have turned it down are CS Lewis, Roald Dahl and Aldous Huxley, Philip Larkin, Robert Graves, FR Lewis, JB Priestly, Evelyn Waugh, JG Ballard, Henry Moore, Lucien Freud, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Bacon, LS Lowry, Helen Mirren, Ken Loach, and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Grant Morrison, writer well know for his individualistic scripting in comics  ( All-Star Superman, Animal Man, Batman and Robin, Batman R.I.P., The Filth Final Crisis. The Invisibles, Seven Soldiers, and  Zenith ) is on the honours list as being awarded  Member of The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire "for services to Film and Literature." He will get to meet, and I believe kneel before, Queen Elizabeth II

The MBE was established by King George V in 1917 with the view to extend the honours system to include a wider range of social classes and  recognise all levels of service to the country  during the first 'total' war. It has evolved to embrace service and achievement in all fields. Unused since 1993 it has recently been restored.
For some in the UK  the very idea of honours from the Queen raises questions about , monarchy, egalitarianism, social differences, deference, patronage, feudalism et al. and this particular award doubts about Empire.
Many gifted and dedicated people have received it. Refusal to accept it was usually unannounced. Writers and Artists who have turned it down are CS Lewis, Roald Dahl and Aldous Huxley, Philip Larkin, Robert Graves, FR Lewis, JB Priestly, Evelyn Waugh, JG Ballard, Henry Moore, Lucien Freud, Alfred Hitchcock, Francis Bacon, LS Lowry, Helen Mirren, Ken Loach, and Benjamin Zephaniah.

Comments

Son of a...

I've always thought you and Alan Moore were worthy of this type of accolade. I'd better stop talking now, lest you think less of me.

Hullo Bheki,
Grant must have nominated, his nomination presented to a panel of experts in his field, their recommendations forwarded to the Prime Minister whose aides compile the final list which is forwarded to The Queen for formal approval. Amongst that lot must have been some people who read comics. So that's encouraging isn't it.
As for thinking less of you , there are no Thought Police operating here.
Best,
Arthur

Hate to admit it, but he probably is suitable for this, because he is something of a 'celebrity', and that kind of exposure will get him noticed. Plus, he is 'friendly' with the mainstream, whereas you are great, but you remained largely on the home front, continent-wise, and Alan Moore is now more famous for being an anti-corporate activist as much as a writer.

Don't know about Grant Morrison's 'services to film', though.

But enough about him. I'm picking up my copy of Toxic #10 later today, which I recently ordered, apparently from Dez Skinn himself.

Hullo Bheki,
I guess there is a category 'film and literature' for which practitioners in either get nominated.
Hope you enjoy 'Toxic'.
Best,
Arthur

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