girl talk

Kieron Gillen re­turns to his im­ma­te­rial world

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Red Alert -

As Kieron Gillen says, The im­ma­te­rial Girl her­self is not the only one to be­come “un­stuck in time”. For af­ter plac­ing it on hold in 2012 to con­cen­trate first on Young Avengers and lately The Wicked + The Di­vine, he and Jamie Mckelvie are fi­nally re­turn­ing to Phono­gram.

“all three Phono­grams are pe­riod pieces,” Gillen tells red alert, not­ing that first se­ries Rue Bri­tan­nia took place in 2005 while its suc­ces­sor The Sin­gles Club oc­curred over a sin­gle night in 2006. “There’s been a temp­ta­tion to fu­ture proof some of the ideas, now know­ing more of the way cul­ture has flowed, but i’ve gen­er­ally re­sisted it be­cause that’d be cheat­ing.” mov­ing for­ward three years, the story finds im­ma­te­rial Girl emily aster’s past com­ing back to haunt her. “in 2001, she sold half her per­son­al­ity for power,” ex­plains Gillen. “since then that other half – the de­pres­sive, dowdy side – has haunted ev­ery mir­ror. That power has led emily to be­come the head of a Phono­mancer’s coven. in 2009, the deal starts to go wrong…”

although The Wicked + The Di­vine was re­cently op­tioned for the small screen, Gillen in­sists that he and mcKelvie were never in­ter­ested in cre­at­ing a blue­print for another medium with Phono­gram. “we wanted to make some­thing that was ag­gres­sively comics!” he says. “The wis­dom then – and to some de­gree now – was to do this comic as a glo­ri­fied Hol­ly­wood pitch. But we’re comics purists, and made Phono­gram de­lib­er­ately awk­ward and dense, ba­si­cally as a dare to any di­rec­tor who thinks they can adapt it. so do you feel lucky, punk?”

“That can’t hap­pen un­til both Bob [ Gale] and i are dead. and then i’m sure they’ll do it, un­less there’s a way our es­tates can stop it”

a Back To The Fu­ture re­make? Over Robert Ze­meckis’s dead body.

Eas­i­est find the odd one out compo ever.

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