Sterling Gates

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Sterling Gates
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Gates signing Flashpoint: Kid Flash Lost #1
at Midtown Comics in Manhattan.
Born (1981-03-01) March 1, 1981 (age 33)
Tulsa, Oklahoma
Nationality American
Area(s) Writer
Notable works
Supergirl

Sterling Gates (born March 1, 1981 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is an American comic book writer currently working for DC Comics.

Early life[edit]

Sterling Gates was a comic fan from a young age. His father owned a comic book store in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and remembered that, "We had a garage full of comics for as long as I could remember and I would sit and read them for hours, then sneak them under the covers and read them in bed." When he started college, he also worked part-time in a local comic shop.[1]

Gates attended the University of Oklahoma and earned a degree in Fine Arts with a specialization in film and television production. His professors used to get annoyed due to his desire to relate all of his schoolwork to comics in some way, shape, or form. His capstone thesis was about sequential art theory and relating time theory in comics to training in film and television. He went on to say that he, "must've referenced Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics a hundred times in that paper!"[1] After moving out to Los Angeles, California to "do something with his life," he and a friend attended WonderCon in San Francisco where he met writer Geoff Johns.[1]

Career[edit]

One night in San Francisco, Gates and a friend went out to dinner and then to a bar. Afterwards, upon returning to their hotel, Gates and his friend spotted Johns and editor Steve Wacker in the lobby. After going to a nearby diner, Johns and Wacker had arrived there as well. After striking up a conversation, Gates, "...told them about how I just moved to L.A., and it turned out that Geoff and I shopped at the same comics shop, DJ's Universal, so we talked about that. We said our 'good-byes' and our 'nice-to-meet-you's' and then the host sat them, and then came back and sat us at the table literally right next to theirs. A table maybe five inches from their table. And we kind of all looked at each other and I thought, 'Can this get more awkward? I doubt it.'"

When Gates' friend, who was a rabid Johns fan, was not making the best first impression, Gates paid for Johns' and Wacker's meal as an apology. Gates hoped the meal would make up for his friend's behavior and after the generous act, Johns asked Gates directly, "Do you want a job?" Gates then interviewed with the writing staff for Blade: The Series on Johns' recommendation and was hired. After the series' cancellation, Gates discussed his history of writing comics with Johns, which was previously unbeknownst to him. Johns asked to read Gates' early comics work. Johns was impressed, and after Gates submitted outlines to Johns inspired by the Sinestro Corps War, Gates was interviewed by editor Eddie Berganza and was hired by DC Comics.[1]

Gates told a back-up story about Sinestro Corps member Kryb with artist Jerry Ordway in Tales of the Sinestro Corps: Superman Prime. He went on to write a two-part story about Alpha Lantern Boodikka in Green Lantern Corps #21-22.[dead link][2] He then took over full writing duties of the Supergirl title featuring Kara Zor-El, starting with issue #34 of volume 5, in October 2008.[3][4][5] Gates also contributed to the Superman: New Krypton story arc.

Other projects include the "Prometheus" Faces of Evil one-shot with artist Federico Dallocchio.[6]

Gates co-wrote the "War of the Supermen" storyline alongside Superman writer James Robinson.[7]

As part of the DC Comics "The New 52" relaunch, Gates initially wrote the Hawk & Dove series drawn by Rob Liefeld but left the series after issue 5.[8]

Gates took over the DC title Justice League's Vibe with issue 4, replacing Andrew Kriesberg on writing duties.[9] He was also brought in to pen the final issue of Stormwatch.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Gates lives in Los Angeles, where he is good friends with fellow writers and collaborators James Robinson and Geoff Johns.[4]

Bibliography[edit]

Comics work includes:

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Brad Meltzer (2007-10-25). "What I Believe: Breaking In As A Writer". Bradmeltzer.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  2. ^ "Sterling Gates on the Alpha-Lanterns in GLC", Newsarama, February 8, 2008[dead link]
  3. ^ "WWC: Gates and Igle Join DC's Supergirl". Newsarama.com. 2008-06-27. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  4. ^ a b Vaneta Rogers and Cliff Biggers. "Planet Stories" Comic Shop News #1108. September 2008. Retrieved on September 17, 2008.
  5. ^ "SOME Will Be Revealed: Sterling Gates on SUPERGIRL". Newsarama.com. 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  6. ^ "Sterling Gates: Returning Prometheus to Glory". Newsarama.com. 2008-12-03. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  7. ^ "DC's WAR OF THE SUPERMEN A 100 Minute War, All in May". Newsarama.com. 2010-02-10. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 
  8. ^ [1][dead link]
  9. ^ "Ales Kot Is The New Suicide Squad Writer With Timothy Green II On Art, And Sterling Gates Jumps On Vibe - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movies and TV News and Rumors". Bleedingcool.com. 2013-02-08. Retrieved 2014-04-17. 

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