Meme Magic, Trump, and Grant Morrison


You notice things are… weird lately? Like something’s a little off? Things are happening that just don’t make sense?


Yeah. Me too.

When did it start happening for you? For me, it started happening in May of 2015. At the beginning of the month, I was rejected from the backup to my backup graduate school choice. This made sense. My marks weren’t great, and it was not the first school to reject me. In fact, there was only one school left that had not yet responded to me. It was the top school I applied to though, so I assumed they just had a backlog.

That was not the case. I was accepted into my top choice, after being rejected from the backup to my backup. That did not make sense. It happened on June 8th. Remember that date.

Since then, I’ve been noticing more and more things not making sense. ISIS doesn’t make sense. The refugee crisis doesn’t make sense. Donald Trump’s campaign doesn’t make sense. Bernie Sander’s campaign doesn’t make sense. Rachel Dolezal doesn’t make sense. Nothing going on in Sweden makes sense. Leicester City and the Toronto Blue Jays don’t make sense.


Whatever’s going on here also doesn’t make sense.

Why is all of this happening?

I don’t know. I have no idea. It’s probably just a bunch of coincidences and our brains seeing patterns where there are none.

But what if…

What if Grant Morrison broke the universe?

grant-morrisonThe shirt is a bit of a giveaway.


Grant Morrison has been trying to fundamentally alter the universe for years now. It started with him taking a trip into the world of comics (somewhat literally) in Animal Man. He later put out a trilogy of books, referred to by those in the know as the Hypersigil Trilogy, consisting of Flex Mentallo, The Invisibles, and The Filth, that was intended to explore the ways that comics could affect real life. Grant Morrison is a firm believer in sigil magic. He believes that words and symbols can have power over the real world. His Hypersigil Trilogy was his attempt to use the medium of comics to try to alter his own life, he claims that it worked.


It didn’t bring back that glorious hair though.

Next, Morrison used the DC Universe to try and make the real world more like the comic book world (or possibly to make the DC universe LITERALLY come to life. It’s complicated). You know, where the good guys always win in the end, the bad guys are clearly bad, and things are generally more fun. This segment of his work is known as the Hypercrisis (Although the name Hypercrisis didn’t originate on 4chan’s /co/ board, its current usage was popularised there). Because of some things that went on at DC, it looked as if the Hypercrisis hadn’t worked. That is, until Multiversity.




Multiversity is an eight part comic series that explores many of the universes within the DC multiverse. But it was also Morrison’s attempt to make a real life superhero. There isn’t really space here (or anywhere, really) to explain how that was supposed to work. Suffice it to say, it was supposed to culminate in the issue Ultra Comics, which is incredibly meta, and Morrison insists it’s haunted. At the end (or middle. It’s really meta), the superhero escapes the pages of the comic into the reader. I propose that this actually happened, and the interdimensional rip is what causes “meme magic”.


What he said.


Ultraa Comics came out on March 25th. The first event I know of as being described as the work of “meme magic” was the plane crash in Bains, France. There were a number of things about the crash that were strikingly similar to the prologue of The Dark Knight Rises, possibly the most memed film sequence on the internet. The video below has some highlights.

The date of the crash?

March 24th. One day before Ultra Comics. Almost like a birth pang.



Donald Trump announced his campaign on June 16th, 84 days after Ultra Comics came out and 48 days after the final issue of Multiversity came out. The number 8 is one of the major recurring themes of Multiversity. The first issue of Multiversity was released in August specifically because it is the eighth month. Since his announcement, Trump has defied all expectations, and done what seemed utterly impossible. He’s also been the focus of an absolute ton of times when memes have seemingly entered real life. His friendly relationship with Putin was preceded by months of memes on 4chan about how the two would get along. Trump retweeted a Pepe. Ben Garrison becoming rabidly pro-Trump. Building a wall. Bombing the shit out of ISIS. All his predictions that are mocked, then come true. And I repeat: Trump winning.



Trump is the superhero that Grant Morrison unleashed on the world. And the world is turning into a comic book around him. Is there a more evil bad guy than ISIS? They burn people alive and film it. They’re a supervillain straight out of a comic. Is there a more clearly corrupt politician in Washington than Hillary Clinton? If there is, I don’t know them. Everything is becoming bright and unmuddled before our eyes.

You can dislike Trump. There are people in Action Comics who hate Superman. It happens. But he is a comic book superhero, given life by Grant Morrison.


So when you next hear someone talking about meme magic being real, remember that they might be right.

Oh. And my acceptance was on June 8th, which is 40(8X5) days after the last issue of Multiversity, and 8 days before Trump’s announcement.


13 thoughts on “Meme Magic, Trump, and Grant Morrison

  1. Jesus. I think I was reading the Invisibles for the first time just a year before that. Multiple of 8 somehow? Probably. I could feel reality warping around me as I read it.


    1. most of the things you claim make no sense (like ISIS) do make sense if you pay attention to world trends.

      If you think openly fascist Trump is any sort of benefactor, or that the War on Terror is anything other than a farce, then you have completely misunderstood Morrison’s work.


      1. Morrison’s whole hypersigil message of accelerating weirdness is borrowed from Terence McKenna’s novelty theory. If you want to know what Morrison thinks is happening then read McKenna


      2. I didn’t mean literally “ISIS makes absolutely no sense, right now, to me, what the hell?” I meant it rhetorically, as in “If ISIS was described to you 10 years ago in detail, you probably wouldn’t believe the person telling you.” Same with Trump. These are unexpected events and things.
        For the next part:
        1. “Openly”
        I would encourage you to read this Scott Alexander article ( before calling Trump “openly” anything.
        2. Fascist
        I don’t know of a good definition of fascism that could be stretched enough to include Trump but couldn’t be stretched enough to include, say, Black Lives Matter or Bernie Sanders. Let’s take Eco’s definition:
        Trump definitely doesn’t fit 1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 11, and 14. I would also argue 8 and 10 don’t fit Trump. In contrast, BLM fits 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, and 14. Eco’s definition isn’t absolute, a fascist regime can skip out on one or two points, but if we count everyone that fits a couple of the characteristics as fascist, then suddenly most political movements are fascist. Which is fine, there are people who argue that very thing, ( but if that’s what you mean you should make that clear. If you want to argue that point more I’m completely willing, but for now I’ll move on.
        3. Benefactor.
        I don’t know whether he will be or not. No one knows. But he does have immense power to do good or evil, which sounds an awful lot like a comic book character to me.
        4. War on Terror
        Is terrible. I can’t think of a single part of it that I ever supported, except possibly Afghanistan at the very beginning. But it has been an abject failure everywhere. What country is now better off for having had the War on Terror waged against them? None. And to conflate the War on Terror with Trump, who has explicitly condemned it throughout his campaign and arguably much earlier, is simply disingenuous. As far as I know, none of Trump’s cabinet appointments are fans of the War on Terror either.
        5. Morrison’s Work
        I think more than anything else Morrison’s work represents the ability for the creation to become more and different (alive) than what the creator intended. It is in that spirit that I contend Trump is Morrison’s creation, not as some asinine attempt to equate Trump and Morrison politically, but in the same way that Morrison created the modern iteration of fucking Starro. Maybe Starro was right. Who the hell knows. But he doesn’t share Morrison’s politics just because he created it. Neither does Trump.


    2. You’re right, he’s not. And I never said Morrison intended to unleash Trump. But (And this goes for the other person who pointed out that Morrison and Trump are different politically) Morrison would absolutely be the first to say that a work can get away from its author’s intentions.


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