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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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Uber #23

May. 18th, 2015 01:10 pm
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"What's next? The Great Burn which I suspect involves the last of the genre fun leeching out of the book and a great deal of burning." -- Kieron Gillen

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'It is very much the sort of panel you can lift. I said earlier about the line which most skewers Cassandra was the “Smart” thing. With second thought, it’s probably this. That said, it’s also one which hits a lot of bad critics. Occasionally entertaining critics, but intellectually dishonest cowards.' -- Kieron Gillen

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I quite liked the latest issue of Darth Vader, which I picked up today.  I thought I'd share my favorite moment from it:
Now or Later? )
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"It reminded me of this interview I had a chance to have with William Gibson but I turned it down because I hadn't read his last couple of books and I was sure there were other people who could do it better than me. With Vader, I sat down and was sure that I was the person who could write this because at Marvel I'm the guy you get to write bad guys. That's what I do. There's no-one else as evil as I am." -- Kieron Gillen

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"[Phil Jiminez] had strong reservations about the character. There was the impression that Angela was a big, grim lady who wants to kill people, and that's not emotionally interesting to him. So I got on the phone with him, and we talked back and forth. He came out the other end of this hour-long conversation, getting the character. The conversation also made me get the character in other ways, because I have no desire to write her as a character that's a grim Punisher type figure, either." -- Kieron Gillen

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"I’m still not sure what I make of [Grant Morrison's] Pax Americana. I mean that in a literal way. I’ve owned two copies and lost both of them on the way home. One was left on a train, heading far to the south. One fell out my pocket when running for a bus in New Cross. Alcohol may have been involved in both stories. I read it several times in the space, and I’m not sure which side of the reading I’m on – the two takes are either that it’s a We-can-do-this-too-if-we-want piece of formalist arguable defensiveness or it’s a celebration of what that form of oddly hermetically sealed comics can do. Or both. But I did find myself thinking about the nature of that kind of 6-year in the making concept-rock prog thing and thinking of [issue 8] as a bit of a riposte to all that, in terms of being ramshackle and thrown together in a month and formally challenging in its own way but very much designed as a pop object with edges." -- Kieron Gillen

Dionysus: The Dancefloor That Walks Like a Man )
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'[Woden's use of the term] “Nice Guy” is as loaded as the gun on the next page.' -- Kieron Gillen

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Uber #22

Mar. 6th, 2015 06:55 pm
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"Also out today: Uber 22, with all the end of arc fun. I say fun. I don't mean fun. You know Uber. You know what I mean." -- Kieron Gillen

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'There is room for different expressions of Angelic cultural values. There's probably a conflict between how they view friendship on a societal level, which I suspect might be a kind of Ayn Randian Objectivist view. That might be a hard philosophy of Angels. There might be some Angels who don't believe in friendship versus other ones who have expressions of friendship perhaps not encouraged by the system.

'That's kind of my reading of their system. The more complex readings there are of Angels would be the more interesting one for me.

'We can also look at our relationships. We say our concept of friendship is based on altruism, but we can always ask, "Well how much is it really?"'
-- Kieron Gillen

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