The annual list was published this weekend and saw just three authors – crime writer Susan Hill, poet Jean Binta Breeze and Grant, who is perhaps best known today for his work for the US market such as The Invisibles, New X-Men, Doom Patrol. His recent work includes DC Comics Action Comics and the newly-relaunched Batman Incorporated.
Needless to say, some in the comics community have expressed surprise at the news, given the nature of much of his work.
“Little surprising perhaps that a man so rooted in anti-establishment ideas, and writer of some controversial comics would be honoured this way, and would accept the honour,” says Joe Gordon over at the Forbidden Planet International blog of the 52-year-old Scottish writer. “But what the hell. Congratulations Grant.”
Indeed. One of three authors to get an honour? That’s impressive in itself, surely.
An MBE is the lowest rank in the Order of the British Empire, established in 1917, the youngest of the British Empire’s chivalry orders. It’s handed out to people who in one field or another have provided a service to the UK.