My Life As A Hypersigil, Part One

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The “hypersigil” or “supersigil” develops the sigil concept beyond the static image and incorporates elements such as characterization, drama, and plot. The hypersigil is a sigil extended through the fourth dimension. My own comic book series The Invisibles was a six-year long sigil in the form of an occult adventure story which consumed and recreated my life during the period of its composition and execution. The hypersigil is an immensely powerful and sometimes dangerous method for actually altering reality in accordance with intent. Results can be remarkable and shocking.
–Grant Morrison, “POP MAGIC!”

I used to be a “character”…and I don’t think I’ve ever fully explained that to you before.

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Slamming Into The Fourth Wall

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I. THE FOURTH WALL: A VERY (VERY) BRIEF OVERVIEW

The following short video explores the concept of “breaking the Fourth Wall” in storytelling. That’s when a fictional character—or even simply the narrative itself—acknowledges the existence of the “real life” audience existing beyond the (now-tenuous) barrier between fiction and reality. Some famous examples of breaking the Fourth Wall are Ferris Bueller directly addressing the viewer, Dark Helmet discovering the VHS tape for Spaceballs during the middle of the movie, and the ending of Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

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Don’t Open A Chrysalis…

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…there is no cute baby butterfly in there.

Instead, the caterpillar is digesting its own body.

Instead, you’ll find a soupy mix of insect parts, as the undefined organic mass makes its murky journey, its complete and total transformation.

Instead, you’ll find a creature worthy of John Carpenter’s The Thing, worthy of the greatest “body horror” movies of all time.

Do not open a chrysalis before it is due; the caterpillar’s parts will leak out and you will kill it.

The Curse Of DC Comics

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“I never wanted you to come back to Gotham. I always knew there was nothing here for you, except pain and tragedy. And I wanted something more for you than that. I still do.”
–Alfred Pennyworth, “The Dark Knight Rises”

I once researched the urban legend as to whether there is a “Superman Curse.” There’s the circumstantial evidence—the centerpiece of which was the similar-sounding George Reeves and Christopher Reeve, famous for playing the character, both dying relatively young. (Between the revelations concerning Kevin Spacey, who played Lex Luthor in Superman Returns, and the apparent “Smallville Girls Sex Slave Cult,” I may have to revise that particular post in the near future.)

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