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The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison
« on: May 05, 2007, 06:59:23 am »

Now I'm not someone who reads a lot of comics. But I devoured The Invisibles. Like Illuminatus!, I think its one of those things that all Discordians should read at some point.

The Invisibles are a sect of Discordianesqe hero types who fight the forces which are trying to control and conform reality. But it's more than that. There's a lot of drugs, explosions, philosophical banter, chaos magic, and obscure literary references too. If that's your shtick, I think you'll dig it.

Many people believe that The Invisibles was the inspiration for The Matrix. Morrison says they essentially plagiarized it "plot by plot, detail by detail, image by image." (he's not pissed, just wishes he got credit) But it goes a lot further than the Matrix - those of you who wish the Wachowskis pushed the conceptual envelope a little further will probably find what you were looking for here.

Compare/contrast the scene where Agent Smith interrogates Morpheus with this snippet:

As a side note - there's a plotline towards the beginning which seems a little bit slow. Later in the series, Morrison says he regretted how it turned out - too much crazy jibba jabba and not enough action. I won't tell you which one it is. And I don't think it's that bad. But if you get a little way into this and then are all "The Professor lied - this is boring!" just hang on--

Towards the end of volume 1 (the files I've listed above), it gets really intense. It gives me goosebumps remembering how awesome it is.

Here's a snippet more from the beginning:

anyway, I hope you guys dig it as much as I did. When I'm in a funk, I read the Invisibles to motivate me to get off my ass and go shake shit up. Grant Morrison's a genius.
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Re: The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison
« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2007, 08:17:49 am »
DLed "The Filth" a little while ago, and I was impressed. I'm definitely going to download these as well. Nice work Prof.
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Re: The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison
« Reply #2 on: May 05, 2007, 08:28:11 am »
thankew! I read the first iss a while back and I been looking for the rest ever since
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Re: The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison
« Reply #3 on: May 05, 2007, 04:07:06 pm »
Thanks man, I've heard alot about this series, and was even shown a copy once, but I didn't get a chance to read it.
I'm sure I'll be requesting the other volumes soon too ;).

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Re: The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2007, 05:53:41 pm »
page 23 (ZOMGPENILE!) is missing from vol 1 book 3.

What happen??
- So the New World Order does not actually exist?
- Oh it exists, and how!
Ask the slaves whose labour built the White House;
Ask the slaves of today tied down to sweatshops and brothels to escape hunger;
Ask most women, second class citizens, in a pervasive rape culture;
Ask the non-human creatures who inhabit the planet:
whales, bears, frogs, tuna, bees, slaughtered farm animals;
Ask the natives of the Americas and Australia on whose land
you live today, on whose graves your factories, farms and neighbourhoods stand;
ask any of them this, ask them if the New World Order is true;
they'll tell you plainly: the New World Order… is you!

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Re: The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison
« Reply #5 on: May 05, 2007, 05:57:47 pm »
22 or 23?

page 22 is supposed to just be blank white space

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Re: The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison
« Reply #6 on: May 05, 2007, 06:41:53 pm »
Oh ok, well thats fine I suppose.

Also, not to be a whiner, but I think you scanned some pages offly and looks like half the page is missing, though I'm not sure if theres any text I've missed out on, not that its a huge deal, I think I get whats going on anyway.
Just about to start part 6 now...

Funny, now I know why a few friends of mine were talking about getting white buttons...
- So the New World Order does not actually exist?
- Oh it exists, and how!
Ask the slaves whose labour built the White House;
Ask the slaves of today tied down to sweatshops and brothels to escape hunger;
Ask most women, second class citizens, in a pervasive rape culture;
Ask the non-human creatures who inhabit the planet:
whales, bears, frogs, tuna, bees, slaughtered farm animals;
Ask the natives of the Americas and Australia on whose land
you live today, on whose graves your factories, farms and neighbourhoods stand;
ask any of them this, ask them if the New World Order is true;
they'll tell you plainly: the New World Order… is you!

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Re: The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison
« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2007, 01:00:42 am »
Hey Cram, I don't suppose there's any chance you have Alan Moore's Promethea on that hard drive of yours?
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Re: The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison
« Reply #8 on: May 08, 2007, 08:09:46 pm »
Nope - but if anyone's interested, I do have

*Batman: Hush - in which batman fights superman, among other people.

*Frank Miller's 300 - very short - only like 5 issues I think.

& a few others, but I'm at work right now and don't have access to my harddrivez

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Re: The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison
« Reply #9 on: May 08, 2007, 08:12:52 pm »
I have all of 300, but its on my laptop.

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Re: The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison
« Reply #10 on: May 08, 2007, 08:21:35 pm »
I'm definitely interested in 300, and I LOVED the Filth. However, I'm having issues with the Invisibles files (I do not rule out the possibility of idiocy on my part with that  :eek:). What format are the issues in? I'm running a run-of-the-mill PC with XP Pro and no fancy-schmancy graphics programs, and the files (after I went to uncompress them) were in a format I didn't recognize.

I definitely want to drink deep of this one (the samples you posted are GREAT) but I can't yet, so ...
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Re: The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison
« Reply #11 on: May 08, 2007, 08:27:27 pm »
They can be viewed with CDisplay, a small program used to view comic books. You can download a copy here.

Glad you're digging it! That makes it worth it that I almost threw my monitor out a window while trying to upload all this stuff.

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Re: The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison
« Reply #12 on: May 08, 2007, 08:39:18 pm »
Swote! I'll DL that when I get home. Definitely worth it - I spent a good couple hours this weekend pouring over the Filth, and my allergy-addled brain made it VERY entertaining 8) I'm looking forward to the Invisibles, too!
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Re: The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison
« Reply #13 on: May 08, 2007, 10:19:49 pm »
They can be viewed with CDisplay, a small program used to view comic books. You can download a copy here.

Glad you're digging it! That makes it worth it that I almost threw my monitor out a window while trying to upload all this stuff.

You're a fucking legend cram! Your hard work is well appreciated. I never read morrison since 2000ad days but it appears he's turned into another Alan Moore. What a find.
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Re: The Invisibles, by Grant Morrison
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2007, 04:52:24 pm »
So, I've gotten about 18 or 19 comics in, and holy CRAP this shit is amazing! I'm loving this stuff - great series, and I might have to actually dig up the paper versions of these as they're well worth having a hard copy of. Truly incredible, very motivating stuff.

Thanks a TON Prof  :mrgreen:
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