This weeks Picture of the Week is The Barbelith from the fantastically bizarre comic book series by Grant Morrison, The Invisibles. I read The Invisibles earlier this year and loved it, despite my confusion towards the end (and various parts throughout) but this is probably because Morrison was taking psychedelics while writing the series. I’m now reading The Filth which is very crazy so far (the good kind of crazy) but I haven’t reached the part with black semen yet (probably not going to be the good kind of crazy). I’m also reading Doom Patrol here and there which is less strange even though the freakish outcast “super heroes” are currently saving a transvestite street named Danny who can travel… yup.
Behold… the Barbelith! One day I plan on spray painting this around NYC. If you see it, it was probably me.
“Barbelith is the name of the “placenta” for humanity; a satellite-like object located on the dark side of the moon. It recurs throughout the story as a supernatural moon seeming both intelligent and benign. Barbelith’s role is like that of a placenta in that it connects the hologram of our subjective reality to the realm outside of our space-time, the domain of the magic mirror, and helps humans to realize their true nature beyond the subjective concept of “self” (wiki).