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Anarchy for the Masses: The Disinformation Guide to the Invisiblesby Patrick Neighly and Kereth Cowe-Spigai
Synopses & Reviews
Grant Morrison's prophetic, epoch-making graphic novel The Invisibles made as important a contribution to the counterculture of the 1990s and 2000s as Naked Lunch and On the Road did for the 1950s and 60s. Like those works, The Invisibles had a dedicated cult following and is only now beginning to be recognized in the mainstream.
Just as The Invisibles is a comprehensive guide to life in the 21st century, Patrick Neighly and Kereth Cowe-Spigai's Anarchy for the Masses is a comprehensive guide to The Invisibles (similar to The Sandman Companion by Hy Bender): it includes not only full annotations to every issue, and critical analyses, but also exclusive, extensive interviews with:
An extremely forward-leaning series about conspiracy, magic, anarchy, world travel, the history of dissent, consciousness, fringe science, aliens, the quest for the Holy Grail, the future, pop culture, and the fifth dimension, The Invisibles is a landmark in the literature not only of comics but also of social activism, consciousness theory, and the mechanics of changing the world for the better. It is also one of the most exhilarating straight-out adventure stories to come out of the ironic wasteland of the late 1990s.
The Invisibles is a direct dialogue with, and would appeal to fans of, The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Anton Wilson, The Matrix, the late novels of Philip K. Dick, Aleister Crowley, Ecstasy Club by Douglas Rushkoff, the speculative works of William S. Burroughs and H.P. Lovecraft, the cult British TV show The Prisoner, the Jerry Cornelius stories of Michael Moorcock, The Beatles, and the world as we know it.
"Authors Patrick Neighly and Kereth Cowe-Spigai have done a commendable job of connecting the dots for readers. Each issue of the comic has its own chapter, providing both a synopsis of the action and copious notes explaining the people, places and possible symbolism contained within. Even after reading this series at least a dozen times in its entirety, I found myself amazed at how many things I overlooked, or just wasn't aware of. The book also has original interviews with Grant Morrision and many of the artists involved with The Invisibles, which further expanded my understanding of it." Gerry Donaghy, Powells.com (read the entire Powells.com review)
"Anarchy for the Masses is a stunning achievement. Just fabulous, both a fitting exegesis and tribute to the series....[D]on't miss it." Steven Grant, ComicBookResources.com
"Anarchy For The Masses dares to romp with the living, knob-encrusted monster that is the six-year-long Invisibles experiment. If, as intended, the series is a stained paper section through the body of some vast, soft intricate entity made of time, then Anarchy is an historic first probe, a plucky Voyager bringing back and making sense of the many dripping, weird-angled splinters and fully authorized facets found deep in the hide and guts of my captive mega-terrestrial." Grant Morrison
An in-depth look at the most groundbreaking and controversial comic book series of the last decade.
Grant Morrison's The Invisibles was the most ground-breaking and controversial comic book series of the last decade. A must-have for comics fans, this Guide features exhaustive, detailed analysis of the full six-year series as well as all-new, exclusive interviews with Morrison and many of the series' artists and editors.
Already featured in Disinformation: The Interviews and the accompanying TV series and DVD, Grant Morrison has been heavily promoted as a contemporary pop culture star, the first comics writer to be included as one of Entertainment Weekly's top 100 creative people in America. We will market the book aggressively to Morrison fan sites and comics, skate and punk zines.
Includes bibliographical references.
About the Author
Award-winning journalist Patrick Neighly has reported on telecommunications from four continents. He contributed work to Anarchy for the Masses from Bangkok, Glasgow, and Los Angeles.
Kereth Cowe-Spigai resides in Orlando, Florida, in a neighborhood shared by many humans and reptiles. She is currently pursuing a graduate degree and is the managing editor of the award-winning magazine, the Florida Review.
For the last ten years Grant Morrison has been highly regarded as one of the most original and inventive writers in the comics medium. Current projects include X-Men for Marvel Comics and several new and original comics series, including The Filth.
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