A Month of Writing Stars – Kieron Gillen
Every day this month I’m going to feature a current comic book writing “star,” someone who I think is a very good writer.
I’m mostly going to try to keep from the biggest names as much as possible, because, really, do I need to talk more about the awesomeness of Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman and Warren Ellis?
Here is the archive of previously featured writers.
Today we look at a nifty rising star!
Kieron Gillen worked for a number of years as a journalist, specifically a video game journalist, and soon became one of, if not the, most acclaimed video game journalists out there.
A few years back, Gillen made the move to the comic book world, after doing a comic strip about video games with artist Jamie McKelvie, the pair combined to do the great 2006 mini-series for Image Comics called Phonogram, about a “phonomancer,” a music magician, for lack of a better term.
The series was unique and Gillen’s voice was an engaging one.
Warren Ellis chose Gillen to do a one-shot with his newuniversal project, and it was a very well-done work (in the context of a one-shot of fairly obscure characters not of his own creation).
What I love about Gillen is that he’s also clearly growing as a writer – the latest Phonogram mini-series is leaps and bounds better than the first one, which was already a strong work.
His skills have not gone unnoticed by Marvek, and he’s been getting a lot of assignments from them recently, including an upcoming Sabretooth one-shot and an upcoming Beta Ray Bill one-shot.
I look forward to more work by Gillen!
Here‘s his blog.