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Grant Morrison boards HEAVY METAL as New Editor-in-Chief

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In keeping with HEAVY METAL’s tradition of exploring new and exciting territories, iconic comic writer Grant Morrison has been hired as the new Editor-in-Chief of the publishing powerhouse, according to Entertainment Weekly. Not only will he be in charge of the creative run of the magazine but he also plans on contributing to every issue with script and prose material. He has stated that he plans to dedicate a couple years of focus purely on HEAVY METAL and has already been looking at new talent, though no word on what that talent is.

“We’re trying to bring back some of that ’70s punk energy of HEAVY METAL, but update it and make it new again,” says Morrison. “One of the things I like to do in my job is revamp properties and really get into the aesthetic of something, dig into the roots of what makes it work, then tinker with the engine and play around with it. So for me, it’s an aesthetic thing first and foremost. The idea of immersing myself in the aesthetic of HEAVY METAL is exciting. It’s going to change the clothes I wear, the way I create; it’s like a performance for me. Beyond that, just the idea of being able to curate stories, decide the direction of the magazine, and work with great talent and develop new talent is an exciting opportunity.”

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For those unfamiliar with Grant Morrison, he’s an established comic creator known for dark-tinted creative works that focus heavily on human insight and counter-culture inspirations. He initially arrived with the comic British Invasion made up of him, Neil Gaiman, Peter Milligan, Alan Moore, and Jaime Delano, who were all accredited with helping created DC’s imprint Vertigo. Morrison started re-working classic characters such as Animal Man and Doom Patrol before hitting it big with Batman’s 1989 seminal work ARKHAM ASYLUM. He is currently considered to be one of the most influential writers of the Modern Age of comics and has contributed to Batman, Superman, X-Men, and Fantastic Four.

While Morrison will be focusing on the magazine side of the venture, company CEO’s Jeff Krelitz and David Boxenbaum are in talks to expand the HEAVY METAL franchise movies, shows, and even a recording label with BMG. The most interesting might be the movies as they are planning to do large, shared universe type works a la Marvel Studios with most movies rated either PG-13 or R. Also, unlike previous HEAVY METAL movies, they will be all live action, with no animated films yet planned.

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Svetlana Fedotov hails from the wild woods of the Pacific Northwest. She loves horror and comic books, and does her best to combine those two together at any cost. She also writes for the horror site Brutal as Hell and sometimes for the magazine Delirium. Svetlana has recently released her first novel, Guts and Glory, under the pen name S.V. Fedotov on Amazon digital.
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