I have spent time with Grant often, mostly short visits at events and such.
You really won’t get anything bad about him from me, I have never experienced anything bad from him, and in fact, I think the world of him as a writer and a person.
Grant and Mark Millar were two of the earliest pros championing me to work in comics. I was a huge fan of them both at the time I was doing a parody column, and these two guys used to call each other up (they were friends back then) and read the column to each other doing all the voices. They went out of their way, both of them, to be helpful to me and to tell people to read my work, and I was an absolute NOBODY to them.
Grant specifically asked for me to write the All New Atom, I am told.
One of the nicest moments recently was at SDCC just last year, we were behind the curtain waiting to go on for a DC panel, and Grant gets this big smile when he saw me, and gave me a huge happy hug, which I wasn’t expecting, and he said that he had JUST read my ACTION COMICS stuff from years before and that he loved it, and he said I wrote Lois and Clark’s marriage together the best that he had read.
He said, “Why can’t we have that, why can’t they be married like in your stories, that was absolutely lovely!”
So, I almost cried, I mean, I didn’t expect it at all, he’s one of my heroes, he wrote my favorite Superman ever, and I just was almost unable to speak, and then we had to go right onstage for the panel and I was still trying not to cry!
I have nothing bad to say about Grant.
Oh, wait, I have one thing. He said that he felt Atom didn’t quite work because I was trying to be him. I understand why he thought that, but I wasn’t at all.
I was trying to be Steve Gerber. :)
But that’s the closest thing I’ve got to a bad thing to say about Grant Morrison. Comics would be vastly less interesting without him and he’s encouraged endless numbers of creators and done amazing stories. I love him!
EDITED TO ADD: A poster below asked why I insisted I ‘have nothing bad to say about Grant,’ when the OP actually didn’t seem to be fishing for bad stories. That’s a fair point, I guess I read the OP’s statement incorrectly.
Truth is, I don’t have any weird stories about Grant, either. Except he made me laugh until I almost peed at a DC dinner by imitating Sean Connery’s voice. It was spot on!
I love Grant Morrison’s work, and hearing that he’s a nice guy in real life makes me very happy.
I know Gail’s nice, too, of course :-)