KIERON GILLAN

cre­ator of The Wicked + The Di­vine and Young Avengers

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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.

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