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"Nearly a decade ago, Emily Aster sold half her personality for the power to rule a coven of phonomancers. I’m sure nothing could go horribly, monstrously wrong now. In a world where Music is Magic, a song can save or ruin your life. In THE IMMATERIAL GIRL, we discover what a video can do."

- Image Comics press release


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"I like the genre [of post-apocalyptic fiction] but its predominance spoke to something else -- a culture with an inability to imagine a future. Post-apocalyptic fiction is literally giving up, saying it's all over and a complete abdication of trying to imagine how the future could be. What's the best riposte to that? I decided that it wasn't actually utopian sci-fi. That's merely its inversion. It was to create a future where we've managed to deal with several of what presently seem as insurmountable problems... but a world where there's a whole separate bunch of problems to deal with. There will be a future. It will have problems in it. We will have to deal with them. Grow up." -- Kieron Gillen

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'Put it like this: who doesn’t love “The Godfather”? My model for the series is “House of Cards.” A man in a position of power who is slighted and turns to tactics that he wouldn't have really considered before.' -- Kieron Gillen

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Siege #1-2

Aug. 8th, 2015 06:40 pm
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"This is my love song to the Marvel Universe though, and my love song is about the joy of the unfamiliar as well as the familiar. So the idea is that you know the archetypes, but these are new things that you've never seen before. That was my thinking. If I'm going to say why I love Marvel, it's not just the characters. It's also the process of saying, here's something new with them you never expected. It's not just this nostalgia thing. It's the House of Ideas. Let's own that." -- Kieron Gillen

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"The problem with the Empire is that by definition and design it's faceless. There's the Stormtrooper uniform and that kind of fascistic grip of it all, and that means there's a lot of dudes that aren’t necessarily interesting to read about. [Laughs] One of those dudes is quite cool, but not as everyone in your cast. One of the joys of this book though is that we can bring in sketchier characters. You get those bounty hunter guys, and you get people who are just as ethically questionable and evil, but can act in a different way." - Kieron Gillen

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Siege #1

Jul. 16th, 2015 02:12 pm
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"Basically, this is my semi-spiritual sequel to S.W.O.R.D. that tries to be NextWave as a tragedy. It’s probably the most ludicrously me thing I’ve ever done for Marvel." -- Kieron Gillen

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"Marguerite and I both have terrible literary and historical fancy-pants tendencies, so playing games with the period is fun, in the ultimate mash-up between early-Jacobean and the Marvel Universe way. Plus, with the added Gaiman-ness, we get to play some games with that as well." - Kieron Gillen

Enter the region of Battleworld known as... KING JAMES' ENGLAND.

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"We’re planning action sequences that make Young Avengers look like a slice-of-life comic about collecting nail clippings. There'll be formalist art-as-comics-comics-as-art playfulness that makes Phonogram look like the most derivative and graceless phoned in piece of shit on the shelves. When we need to, we’ll push all the dials into the red. (Not that we’ve ever been known to over-promise.)" -- Kieron Gillen

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Uber #25

Jul. 5th, 2015 12:41 pm
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'There's a line I drop at the end of the writers' letter in issue #0: "I hope you find it fascinating and compelling. I hope you don't enjoy it." That's basically my aim.' -- Kieron Gillen

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'What I wanted to do was take everything I know about fantasy universes and what people connect to, and pop star icon-ness, and all that... basically everything I've ever learned. And use that to make a universe that people could buy into. And when I say buy into, I mean "Oh yeah, this makes sense, I will get a tattoo, I'll go and cosplay." I wanted people to care about this.' -- Kieron Gillen

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'[Her new costume] is completely different from everyone else's costume reworking at the moment. We're not really working with the kind of, "I'm going to take a selfie"-style character. Our character is more, "I'm on stage and I'm going to play guitar with David Bowie." She's pure glam-metal.' -- Kieron Gillen

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"To the [characters] in STAR WARS, Vader is this inescapable force who is almost beyond their comprehension. To Vader, chasing them is what he does on Tuesday, and he’s got a world of pain to deal with in the rest of the week." -- Kieron Gillen

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Uber #24

Jun. 2nd, 2015 03:52 pm
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"The scream at the horror of war that is Uber. With jokes. I'm not sure what's going on.

"Not true. It just felt entirely natural to do this. Yes, you pick up all the awful anecdotes in the world if you're reading oral history, and I've dwelled on them, but there's still the sort of things which people would tell in a pub as a standard. I suppose they're the dual poles that drive a lot of Garth Ennis' work, and I've only really concentrated on one pole."
-- Kieron Gillen

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Avatar Press's offering for Free Comic Book Day this year is a teaser for a new sci-fi series by Kieron Gillen and Omar Francia.

'[Avatar publisher William Christensen] threw me a seed of something he thought Avatar should be publishing. That's how we were working then. Uber came from a basic seed idea of 'Nazi Germany invents Superhumans, prompting an arms race between the Allied and Axis powers." Mercury Heat's mandate was even wider: "Female-lead action comic."' -- Kieron Gillen

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