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Kieron Gillen

Kieron Gillen
Gillen at the 2011 New York Comic Con
BornKieron Michael Gillen[1]
(1975-09-30) 30 September 1975 (age 45)
Saint Helier, Jersey
Notable works
Young Avengers
Iron Man
The Wicked + The Divine
AwardsInkpot Award (2016)[2]

Kieron Michael Gillen (; born 30 September 1975)[3] is a British comic book writer and former computer game and music journalist. He is known for his creator-owned comics Phonogram and The Wicked + The Divine, both created with artist Jamie McKelvie and published by Image Comics, and for numerous projects for Marvel Comics, such as Journey into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, and Young Avengers.



Gillen has worked for publications such as PC Gamer UK, The Escapist, Amiga Power (under the pseudonym "C-Monster"), Wired, The Guardian, Edge, Games Developer, Develop, MCV, GamesMaster and PC Format, among others.

On the web, Gillen was a founder of and major contributor to the PC gaming site Rock, Paper, Shotgun and a games reviewer for Eurogamer. He is notable for his manifesto[4] for New Games Journalism, more simply the model of New Journalism applied to video game journalism. In 2000, Gillen became the first-ever video game journalist to receive an award from the Periodical Publishers Association, for New Specialist Consumer Journalist.[5]

He has been invited as a guest speaker at games-industry conferences.[6][7] He is a fan of the work of video game developer Warren Spector writing positive pieces on Spector's games, most notably the Ion Storm produced games Deus Ex and Thief: Deadly Shadows. In September 2010, Gillen declared on the website Rock, Paper, Shotgun that he was leaving full-time games journalism to better devote his time to comics writing and his contract with Marvel.[8]


Gillen has written for both print and online comics. He has worked for Warhammer Monthly and Chaos League. Since 2003, Gillen has collaborated with artist Jamie McKelvie on a comic strip for the PlayStation Official Magazine - UK, entitled Save Point. His 2006 project, described by Gillen as "my first real comic"[9] is another collaboration with McKelvie, the pop-music urban fantasy Phonogram. Veteran comics writer Warren Ellis has dubbed it "one of the few truly essential comics of 2006."[10]

The first issue, published by Image Comics, went on sale in August 2006, the first series ran for six issues. The second series ran for seven issues, and was launched in December 2008. A third six-issue series, The Immaterial Girl, exploring the character of "Emily Aster", was published in Aug 2015

On 14 April 2008 it was announced he would be collaborating with the artist Greg Scott to expand the Warren Ellis's newuniversal mythos with "a story about killing the future" set in 1959[11] and he wrote Crown of Destruction, a Warhammer Fantasy comic.[12] The Phonogram sequel "The Singles Club" started in December 2008, a series of one-shots, all about the same night.[13][14] He got a new assignment at Marvel with a Dazzler story and a Beta Ray Bill one-shot and mini-series.[15]

His workload at Marvel increased in late 2009. At HeroesCon it was announced he would be writing a Dark Reign tie-in with the Dark Avengers: Ares mini-series.[16] During the 2009 Chicago Comic Con it was announced that Gillen will collaborate with Steven Sanders on a new ongoing series known as S.W.O.R.D from Marvel Comics.[17][18]

Gillen had a run on Thor, following J. Michael Straczynski, from issues No. 604[19] to 614.[20] 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.[21][22][23][24][25] Gillen continued on this title until issue No. 12, being followed by James Asmus.[26]

After collaborating as co-writer with Matt Fraction on Uncanny X-Men beginning with issue No. 531, Gillen became sole writer of that title starting with issue #534.1 in 2011.[27] 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 the "Avengers vs. X-Men" storyline with issue No. 20. He wrote a five-issue miniseries AvX: Consequences, dealing with the aftermath of that event.[28]

In 2011 Gillen returned to Marvel's Asgard, with a run on Journey into Mystery (the original name of Thor, continuing with its original numbering), starting with issue No. 622. This run finished with No. 645 in October 2012. As part of the Marvel NOW relaunch, Gillen will be writing two books - Invincible Iron Man (again taking over from Fraction), with art provided by Greg Land, his penciller on Uncanny, and Young Avengers, with McKelvie.[28][29]

He has written a series for Avatar Press called Mercury Heat, and a series for Image called Three, about the helots of Sparta, planned for 2013.[30][31]

In Jun 2020, Marvel Comics announced that Gillen would write the upcoming six-issue miniseries Warhammer 40,000: Marneus Calgar, the first in a line of Warhammer comics published by that company, which would be released that October.[32]

Awards and accolades

Gillen was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Arts by Staffordshire University in 2019 for his work both as a journalist and a comic book writer.[33]

In 2020, Gillen received two Hugo Award nominations for Best Graphic Story or Comic for his work on the final volume of The Wicked + The Divine and the first volume of Die.[34]


Image Comics

  • Phonogram (with Jamie McKelvie, 2006-2016) collected as:
    • Rue Britannia (collects v1 #1-6, tpb, 152 pages, 2007, ISBN 1-58240-694-4)
    • The Singles Club (collects v2 #1-7, tpb, 160 pages, 2010, ISBN 1-60706-179-1)
    • The Immaterial Girl (collects v3 #1-6, tpb, 168 pages, 2016, ISBN 1-63215-679-2)
  • This is a Souvenir: "Sweeping the Nation" (with Jamie McKelvie, anthology graphic novel, 208 pages, 2009, ISBN 1-6070-6048-5)
  • The CBLDF Presents Liberty Annual '12: "Unleashed" (with Nate Bellegarde, 2012)
  • Three #1-5 (with Ryan Kelly, 2013-2014) collected as Three (tpb, 146 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-60706-963-6)
  • The Wicked + The Divine (with Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson, Image Comics, 2014-2019): collected as:
    • The Faust Act (collects #1-5, tpb, 180 pages, 2014, ISBN 978-1-63215-019-6)
    • Fandemonium (Collects #6-11, tpb, 200 pages, 2015, ISBN 978-1-63215-327-2)
    • Commercial Suicide (Collects #12-17, tpb, 200 pages, 2016, ISBN 978-1-63215-631-0)
    • Rising Action (collects #18-22, tbp, 168 pages, 2016, ISBN 978-1-63215-913-7)
    • Imperial Phase (Part 1) (collects #23-28, tpb, 200 pages, 2017, ISBN 978-1-53430-185-6)
    • Imperial Phase (Part 2) (collects #29-33, tpb, 168 pages, 2018, ISBN 1534304738)
    • Mothering Invention (collects #34-39, tpb, 208 pages, 2018, ISBN 9781534308404)
    • Old is the New New (collects all specials, tpb, 232 pages, 2019, IBSN 1534308806)
    • Okay (collects #40-45, tpb, 168 pages, 2019, IBSN 1534312498)
  • Die (with Stephanie Hans, 2018-...)[35]

Marvel Comics

Other publishers


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  2. ^ Inkpot Award
  3. ^ "Nine World Schedule For Kieron Gillen (Age 38 3/4)". Another Way To Breathe.
  4. ^ " home". 19 October 2004. Archived from the original on 19 October 2004.
  5. ^ "PPA | PTC New Journalist of the Year Awards". 16 February 2008. Archived from the original on 16 February 2008.
  6. ^ "FREE PLAY 2005". 22 August 2006. Archived from the original on 22 August 2006.
  7. ^ "Animex International Festival of Animation & Computer Games". Archived from the original on 24 August 2006.
  8. ^ Gillen, Kieron. "Half-Life: On Turning 35 And Leaving RPS". Rock, Paper Shotgun, 30 September 2010
  9. ^ "Phonogram". 12 March 2007. Archived from the original on 12 March 2007.
  11. ^ "Newuniversal 1959". Archived from the original on 2 October 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ "Kieron Gillen on Warhammer: Crown of Destruction". Newsarama. 13 October 2008
  13. ^ "SINGLES CLUB: Gillen & McKelvie on Phonogram 2". Comic Book Resources. 22 September 2008
  14. ^ "Kieron Gillen: 'Like A Particularly Geeky Grant Morrison Character'". Comics Bulletin. 29 April 2009.
  15. ^ 3 conversations with Kieron Gillen: Phonogram, music and comics, Mindless Ones, 3 August 2009
  16. ^ HeroesCon: Kieron Gillen Talks "Dark Avengers: Ares". Comic Book Resources. 21 June 2009.
  17. ^ George, Richard; Schedeen, Jesse (10 August 2009). "Taking Control of S.W.O.R.D." IGN. Retrieved 2009.
  18. ^ Strom, Marc (10 August 2009). "Chicago Con '09: S.W.O.R.D. Ongoing". Retrieved 2009.
  19. ^ Richards, Dave (24 August 2009). "Kieron Gillen Talks Thor". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2009.
  20. ^ Richards, Dave (21 May 2010). "Gillen Sends "Thor" to Hell". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2010.
  21. ^ Sims, Chris. "Kieron Gillen On 'Young Avengers': 'It's My Teenage Symphony To God' [NYCC 2012]". ComicsAlliance. Archived from the original on 6 November 2014.
  22. ^ Richards, Dave (23 July 2010). "CCI EXCLUSIVE: Gillen Ushers in "Generation Hope"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2010.
  23. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (25 July 2010). "SDCC 10: The Next Gen of X-Men". IGN. Retrieved 2010.
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  32. ^ Hoffer, Christian (25 June 2020). "Marvel Announces Warhammer 40,000 Comic by Kieron Gillen, Jacen Burrows". Archived from the original on 27 June 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  33. ^ "Staffordshire University has announced details of the people set to receive its highest honour at this year's summer graduation ceremonies". 6 June 2019. Retrieved 2019.
  34. ^ "2020 Hugo Awards". Hugo Awards. 2020. Retrieved 2020.
  35. ^ Gillen, Kieron (5 December 2018). "Die #1". Retrieved 2018.
  36. ^ "Alan Moore's Cinema Purgatorio". Kickstarter. Retrieved 2019.
  37. ^ "Once & Future".
  38. ^ "KIERON GILLEN Returns To Superhero Genre With 'Dream Daddy' PETER CANNON: THUNDERBOLT". Newsarama. Retrieved 2019.

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Preceded by
J. Michael Straczynski
Thor writer
Succeeded by
Matt Fraction
Preceded by
Matt Fraction
Uncanny X-Men writer
Succeeded by
Brian Michael Bendis
Preceded by
Matt Fraction
Iron Man writer
Succeeded by
Tom Taylor

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