Guttershaman and the Fictionals

June 14, 2010

This isn’t so much a full Guttershaman installment as a kind of “DVD extras” post for the talk I gave to the Omphalos pagan moot in Bath today. The set-up was: “Stories and myth are the ground that magic, and culture in general, are rooted in. Although many magicians and pagans endeavour to base their […]


Grant Morrison on The Matrix 'borrowing' from The Invisibles

April 11, 2009

Since it’s the tenth anniversary of the cinema release of The Matrix (and as I found this synchronistically while looking for something else), here’s Grant Morrison interviewed at Suicide Girls on the subject of just how much the film took from his epic magical (literally) comic The Invisibles: It’s really simple. The truth of that […]


Meeting fictional characters

April 10, 2009

Found this excellent piece on Electric Children on the subject of (specifically comic book) creators who have spoken of fictional characters as being in some sense real – and those who have met them. The classic example is Alan Moore’s oft-told story of having met his creation John Constantine – twice. The article doesn’t accurately […]


Shamanism, myth and metaphor – and Wolverine

March 22, 2009

From this piece on the popular funny book character as shamanic figure: Myths, rituals and religion bind us together and can be seen metaphorically as the bones of our society. Our personal belief and value system can be seen as our soul’s set of bones. As we grow up we take on the beliefs and […]


Inevitable Watchman post

March 13, 2009
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Need I emphasise, here be spoilers? I enjoyed it. And I didn’t miss the squid. It could have be so much worse. Whatever you say about Zack Snyder not being a great director  – and frankly, he really isn’t – his sheer love for every frame of the book overcame his shortcomings. Malin Ackerman didn’t […]


You're a yellow bastard, Charlie Brown

March 11, 2009
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Wandered across this little gem – Charles Schultz’ Peanuts, in the style of Sin City-era Frank Miller (click the link to see the whole thing!): Blogged with the Flock Browser If you like this, please share it: Bookmark on Delicious Recommend on Facebook share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tumblr it Tweet about it Subscribe […]


My talented friends and family 3

January 16, 2009
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When I was a kid, it would have been unthinkably cool to have a friend who wrote for 2000AD. Now I do. And he’s a very busy boy. Here’s the splendid Jaspre Bark: My book on Leonardo Da Vinci was translated into nine different languages and published all over the world. Here’s a link: (NB, […]


Authenticity and its discontents

August 19, 2008

There’s a Guttershaman piece coming soon on the small problem of ‘authenticity’ in magical systems and belief systems in general. I’m still chewing that one over, as I don’t want to insult or belittle too many people at once… but at the same time I have a need to point out a few holes in […]


Guttershaman – intro

July 31, 2008

“At the end of the day, it’s all just weird shit.” — Me, quoted in Sandman by Neil Gaiman. One of the main reasons I put up this blog is for my thoughts about magic. I have considered myself as a magician for pretty much my whole adult life – and the seeds of that […]