If you’re coming along to Comics Salopia on Saturday 1st June there’s every chance you’ll see our next star guest Kieron Gillen.
Kieron had a successful career in video games journalism becoming the first-ever video game journalist to receive an award from the Periodical Publishers Association, for New Specialist Consumer Journalist before becoming a full-time comic writer in 2010.
He has since written for both print and online comics.
In 2003, he ventured into his first collaboration with artist Jamie McKelvie on a comic strip for the PlayStation Official Magazine entitled “Save Point”.
His 2006 project, described by Gillen as “my first real comic” is another collaboration with McKelvie, the pop-music urban fantasy “Phonogram”.
Veteran comics writer Warren Ellis dubbed it “one of the few truly essential comics of 2006.” The first issue, published by Image Comics, went on sale in August 2006, with that first series running for six issues.
The second series ran for seven issues, launched in December 2008. A third six-issue series, The Immaterial Girl, exploring the character of “Emily Aster”, was published in 2015. The Phonogram sequel “The Singles Club” started in December 2008, a series of one-shots, all about the same night.
It was around this time that the now sought after writer landed a new assignment at Marvel with a Dazzler story and a Beta Ray Bill one-shot and mini-series His workload at Marvel increased into late 2009.
At Heroes-Con it was announced he would be writing a Dark Reign tie-in with the Dark Avengers: Ares mini-series. During the 2009 Chicago Comic Con it was announced that he would collaborate with Steven Sanders on a new ongoing series known as S.W.O.R.D from Marvel Comics.
Gillen then had a short run on Thor for Marvel before, in late 2010, he started his own ongoing series, “Generation Hope”, an X-Men spin-off that leads on from the end of the “Second Coming” storyline.
After collaborating as co-writer with Matt Fraction on Uncanny X-Men, Kieron became sole writer of that series in 2011 His time on the title saw the book through the 2011 “Fear Itself” storyline, a renumbering to No. 1 in the wake of “Schism” storyline, and a tie in with “Avengers vs. X-Men” with issue No. 20.
He wrote a five-issue miniseries AvX: Consequences, dealing with the aftermath of that event.
In 2011 Gillen returned to Marvel’s Asgard, with a run on “Journey Into Mystery” and continued with – Invincible Iron Man (again taking over from Fraction).
He has written two series for Avatar Press including the superb “Uber” with artists Caanan White, Gabriel Andrade and Daniel Gete and the explosive “Mercury Heat” as well as another series with Image called “Three”, about the helots of Sparta.
Of course he rose to the levels of super stardom over the last few years when he took the reigns on the popular Darth Vader series for Marvel and then eventually taking over writing duties for a stint on the main Star Wars title, were he had lots of fun playing in the Lucasfilm character Sandbox.
Kieron’s fruitful partnership with McKelvie has grown in the last few years bringing us the hugely acclaimed “The Wicked + The Divine series” and his prolific output of stories continues with current series ‘DIE’ with artist Stephanie Hans and the recent collaboration with Caspar Wijngaard On ‘Peter Cannon, Thundebolt’ which we recommend you take a look at!
We are delighted that Kieron will be joining us for the festival. Due to work commitments he is only able to be with us on the Saturday. However during that time he will be interviewing Eric Stephenson, the Image Comics Publisher and signing books for fans.