creator of The Wicked + The Divine and Young Avengers
FIRST COMIC I EVER READ I always think of The Broons and Oor Wullie annuals when visiting relatives in Scotland as a preschooler, which were basically utterly alien artefacts. Basically, it was Trainspotting for the under-fives. FIRST INFLUENCE ON MY WORK My first (and still primary) influence on my work remains trying to avoid having a real job. I work very hard to avoid having to do any actual work. After that, fear of dying. After that, fear of subeditors attacking me if I’m late with my copy. My first professional comics work I can only imagine my editors reading the latest mess of a script I’ve handed in and looking forward to the day I write my first professional comic. My first sale was to Warhammer Monthly in 2003, in a heartening story about space-orks being killed by space-dudes on horses via the medium of spacebison stampede. My al-time favourite comic work I’d rather choose something more obscure so I can keep up my reputation as a posturing elitist, but if you remove Watchmen from my life, and you simply don’t have my life. It’s a piece of formalist grandeur, and I rip it off on a daily basis. My best project I’ve worked on If I had to save a single volume of my work from a bonfire, I’d choose my collaboration with Jamie McKelvie and Matthew Wilson, Phonogram: The Singles Club. If I could save a whole series,
The Wicked + The Divine. I’d then wonder why people were burning all my books, and feel sad. The character I’d most like to write for Given the choice, someone I’ve made up. I’m not the sort of creative who spends time daydreaming about working on a property that I don’t own. I save my daydreams for myself and rent out my daydreams if someone is paying me to do so. Alternative answer: Bojack Horseman. The comics I am curently reading We’re in a golden age now, so trying to cram even a taste here seems impossible. There’s too much stuff, and it’s wonderful. Er… Underwinter dropped this week and is amazing. The Black Monday
Murders is a triumph. I just reread the new edition of Scooter
Girl which is an utter joy. So! Much! Stuff! The projects I am curently workin g on The Wicked + The Divine, Uber: Invasion, Doctor Aphra, Modded (in Cinema Purgatorio) and exciting things that have yet to be announced.
Top: Young Avengers was relaunched by Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie in 2013. Above: The Wicked + The Divine is a fantasy series that centres around a group of characters with supernatural powers, and has an overarching focus on themes of life and death.