Articles by Paul Morton

June 22, 2016

An Attack on the American Experiment: On Gay Clubs and Orlando 4

I spent many boring hours in gay clubs, but I liked them because they were unsafe. You don’t learn anything in safe spaces.

September 10, 2015

What Is Dangerous and What Is Just New: On 25 Years of Drawn & Quarterly 0

The initial phase of the comics renaissance is over, and the publication of this anthology offers an opportunity for understanding what defined D&Q, what we readers were looking for in comics throughout the past 25 years, and what we are looking for now.

May 7, 2015

Some Kind of Tribe: The Millions Interviews Daniel Clowes 1

The aesthetic gulf between the kind of stuff I’m interested in and the kind of stuff that is mainstream is so vast that I can’t wrap my head around it.

March 10, 2015

Readers without Responsibility: The Millions Interviews Scott McCloud 1

I would say that in the past decades, there weren’t that many comics like this one, in terms of the way it incorporates reader participation, [which is] something I see in manga but rarely see in American comics.

November 19, 2014

Emancipation from Irony: On ‘The Best American Comics 2014’ 5

When you read a comic, you are accepting a direct message from one singular honest soul. Your hand touches theirs. That soul can be strange. That soul can be sick. And it can also be oh-so earnest,

July 22, 2014

John Waters’s America 1

In the back of his mind, Mark Twain probably imagined a dogshit-eating transvestite, but couldn’t find a place for him in Huckleberry Finn.

May 23, 2014

The Survivor: On Magneto, Mutants, and the Holocaust 14

You can read Magneto as the nightmare of every post-1945 Jewish humanist. He is the Jew who lost the soulful liberalism of the Yiddishkeit, and who has allowed the Holocaust to turn him into everything he despises. He is the Jew who will bomb Gaza and say, with some credibility, that it is for defense while privately acknowledging a pleasure in revenge. He is the Jew who has allowed the Holocaust to instill in him a debilitating paranoia.

May 2, 2014

A Beautiful Man: On Peter Parker and the Amazing Spider-Man 4

The problem with Spider-Man is the same problem with all popular comics heroes. Eventually, after several hundred issues, he hit a moment of stasis in which he stopped evolving, stopped discovering the strange hidden facets of his personality.

April 24, 2014

You Can’t Avert Your Eyes: The Millions Interviews Teju Cole 0

You don’t become a war reporter because you love war. You report on war because it expands and complicates our idea of what war is. As a Nigerian-American who lives in the United States, I would like to complicate our sense of what Nigeria is, of what Lagos is, of what Africa is like.

March 10, 2014

Why Does Roddy Doyle Wish to Disillusion Us?: The Millions Interview 1

I couldn’t care less really if I’ve disillusioned you. It is within your gift not to read the book. So really, it didn’t give me the minimum pause for thought.