HORSE PLAY

Mor­ri­son re­veals more about the world of Happy!

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GOLDEN YEARS

For Mor­ri­son, to­day’s golden Age of tele­vi­sion is rem­i­nis­cent of the late ’80s and early ’90s, when he and a ca­bal of Bri­tish cre­ators first ar­rived on the Amer­i­can comic book scene. “I think that tele­vi­sion right now,” he says, “is what Ver­tigo was in the ’90s. It’s so ad­vanced and there are so many amaz­ing dra­mas. In the way that I did The In­vis­i­bles and garth [en­nis] did Preacher and War­ren [el­lis] did Trans­metropoli­tan… We com­mit­ted to very long-form dra­mas, and I think that’s what’s hap­pen­ing in tele­vi­sion right now. It’s quite in­ter­est­ing.”

IN THE BE­GIN­NING

Mor­ri­son tells Red Alert that Happy! be­gan its jour­ney from comic to tV when it at­tracted the at­ten­tion of Orig­i­nal Film, the com­pany be­hind the Fast And The Fu­ri­ous and Goose­bumps films. “Orig­i­nal Film took an in­ter­est in the graphic novel by me and Dar­ick [Robert­son]. We came to re­ally love those guys. We thought they were very smart and re­ally good at pick­ing projects. they put me in touch with Brian tay­lor, who I loved from the Crank movies par­tic­u­larly. We worked on the pi­lot for a cou­ple of years, and it came to fruition. It re­ally started with Orig­i­nal hav­ing faith in Happy!”

LOST IN TRANS­LA­TION

though comics cre­ators aren’t of­ten in­volved in adapt­ing their work, Mor­ri­son hopes the si­t­u­a­tion changes. “I’ve been in­volved with Happy! all along,” he says. “Be­cause I think we should be. I don’t know why comic au­thors shouldn’t get deeply in­volved in the trans­la­tion of their work on screen. It’s a lot of fun, be­cause it’s def­i­nitely taught me a lot of new tricks.”

HOLD­ING PAT­TON

Stand-up com­edy king Pat­ton Oswalt has long worn his love of comic books on his sleeve, with roles in The Amaz­ing Screw-On Head, Axe Cop, Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, and Jus­tice League Ac­tion. He’s also a long­time fan of grant Mor­ri­son. “I’m a huge fan of his too,” ad­mits Mor­ri­son, “so it’s a mu­tual ap­pre­ci­a­tion so­ci­ety… Pat­ton was fa­mil­iar with the stuff and he gets the sen­si­bil­ity. He’s also a very smart hu­man be­ing. So he brings a lot of nu­ance to it that even I wouldn’t have thought of. It’s very much the prod­uct of a su­per-in­tel­li­gent man pre­tend­ing to be a blue uni­corn.”

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