For decades Scottish writer Grant Morrison has been leaving his wildly creative mark on the sequential storytelling medium with titles like The Filth, The Invisibles and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth. When he’s not writing ground-breaking (and mind-blowing!) comics, Morrison is a playwright and screenwriter.
His last book, Supergods: What Masked Vigilantes, Miraculous Mutants and a Sun God from Smallville Can Teach Us About Being Human, explored the history and greater meaning of comic book superheroes, with fascinating diversions into the life of one of the most relevant comic book writers working today.
Now Morrison can add one more distinction to an already celebrated career: Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Queen Elizabeth II inducted Morrison into the Order for his contributions to film and literature. While initial media reports in the States indicated that Morrison had been Knighted, this is not the case. There are five ranks, of which Member is the lowest. Only the first two confer the title of Knight or Dame.
The Order was founded in 1917 by King George V, and just a few of the many notable Members of the Order include House actor Hugh Laurie and rock band The Beatles.