Kieron Gillen

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Kieron Gillen
Gillen at the 2011 New York Comic Con
BornKieron Michael Gillen[1]
(1975-09-30) 30 September 1975 (age 46)
Notable works
Young Avengers
Iron Man
The Wicked + The Divine
AwardsInkpot Award (2016)[2]

Kieron Michael Gillen (/ˈɡɪlən/; 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, Young Avengers, and Eternals.



Gillen has worked for publications such as PC Gamer UK, The Escapist, Amiga Power (under the pseudonym "C-Monster"), Wired, The Guardian, Edge, Game 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]


Some of the earliest Gillen's work in comics was published in Warhammer Monthly and Chaos League. Between 2003 and 2007, Gillen has collaborated with artist Jamie McKelvie on a comic strip for the PlayStation Official Magazine – UK, entitled Save Point. The pair followed up with the pop-music urban fantasy Phonogram, which was described by Gillen as his "first real comic".[9] Veteran comics writer Warren Ellis dubbed the series "one of the few truly essential comics of 2006."[10] The first issue, published by Image Comics, went on sale in August 2006, with the first series running for six issues.

On 14 April 2008, it was announced Gillen will collaborate with the artist Greg Scott to expand on Warren Ellis' newuniversal series with "a story about killing the future" set in 1959.[11] That year, Gillen also wrote Crown of Destruction, a Warhammer Fantasy comic.[12] The sequel to Phonogram, a series of one-shots subtitled The Singles Club, launched in December 2008.[13][14] Further Marvel assignments included a Dazzler short story and a Beta Ray Bill one-shot, which was followed by a three-issue mini-series.[15]

Gillen's workload at Marvel increased in late 2009. At HeroesCon, it was announced he will be writing a Dark Reign tie-in with the Dark Avengers: Ares mini-series,[16] and, during the 2009 Chicago Comic Con, it was announced that he will collaborate with Steven Sanders on S.W.O.R.D, an X-Men spin-off series.[17][18] Gillen took over Thor following a run by J. Michael Straczynski, writing issues #604[19] to 614.[20] In late 2010, Gillen launched another X-Men spin-off Generation Hope that picked up plot threads from the end of the Second Coming storyline.[21][22][23][24][25] Gillen wrote the title for twelve issues before passing it to James Asmus.[26]

After co-scripting a few issues of Uncanny X-Men with outgoing writer Matt Fraction, Gillen took over the series with issue #534.1.[27] His time on the title saw the book through the 2011 Fear Itself storyline, a renumbering to #1 in the wake of the Schism storyline, and a tie-in with the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline. After finishing his run with issue #20, Gillen penned a five-issue epilogue miniseries AvX: Consequences that dealt 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 the Thor series, continuing its original numbering), starting with issue #622 and finishing with #645 in October 2012. As part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch, Gillen wrote two books: Iron Man (again taking over from Fraction) with art by his frequent Uncanny X-Men collaborator Greg Land, and Young Avengers with Jamie McKelvie.[28][29]

Gillen has written a number of series for Avatar Press, including Über, Mercury Heat and an arc on Crossed: Badlands, and a mini-series for Image called Three about the helots of Sparta.[30][31] Between 2014 and 2019, Gillen again collborated with Jamie McKelvie on The Wicked + The Divine,[32] an Image series that has won Gillen multiple awards, including nominations for the Eisner Award for best new series,[33] and for the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story.[34] In 2015, Image announced The Ludocrats, a series to be co-written by Gillen and Jim Rossignol and drawn by David Lafuente.[35] The series was eventually released in 2020 with art by Jeff Stokely.[36]

In June 2020, Marvel 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 the company.[37] On August 24, 2020, Marvel announced that Kieron Gillen would be the writer on an Eternals series illustrated by Esad Ribic.[38] The series' debut issue was released on January 6, 2021, and garnered positive reviews from critics, accumulating an 8.5 out of 10 rating at the review aggregator website Comic Book Roundup, based on 21 reviews.[39]

Awards and accolades[edit]

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.[40]

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2010 Eagle Award Favourite Newcomer Writer N/A Nominated [41]
2020 Hugo Award Best Graphic Story or Comic The Wicked + The Divine, Volume 9: "Okay" Nominated [42]
2020 Hugo Award Best Graphic Story or Comic Die, Volume 1: Fantasy Heartbreaker Nominated [42]
2021 British Fantasy Award Best Comic / Graphic Novel DIE Won [43]
2021 Hugo Award Best Graphic Story or Comic DIE, Volume 2: Split the Party Nominated [44]
2021 Hugo Award Best Graphic Story or Comic Once & Future, Volume 1: The King Is Undead Nominated [44]


Early work[edit]

  • Hit (with Brian Laframboise (#1–2), Natalie Sandells (#3), Jeff Coleman (#4) and Andy Dale (#5), webcomic, 2002–2003)
  • Spectators (with Tim Twelves, short 3-page story published online via OPi8, 2002)
  • Panel Bleed (e-zine co-created by Gillen and Charlie Chu, 2002–2004)
  • Everybody Be Cool (column published at Ninth Art, 2002–2003)
  • Webcomics created solely by Gillen and published via Big Robot:
  • Warhammer Monthly (anthology, Black Library):
  • Official UK PlayStation 2 Magazine #42–89: "Save Point" (with Jamie McKelvie, half-page strip, Future Publishing, 2003–2007)
  • Variance Anthology: "Something's Wrong" (with Charity Larrison, anthology graphic novel, 105 pages, Variance Press, 2004)
  • Commercial Suicide (self-published anthology — co-edited by Gillen and Alex de Campi):
    • Commercial Suicide: "Minister Drill-cock!" (with Asif Khan, 2004)
    • Commercial Suicide Volume 2: "Chimplants" (with Daniel Heard, 2004)
    • Commercial Suicide Volume 3: "Ultimate Pol Pot" (with William Cogan, 2005)
  • Chaos League (with Thomas Veauclin, free one-shot distributed with various gaming magazines, Digital Jesters, 2004)
  • Homo Depressus (with Mark Nicoll, short 5-page story published online via Always Black, 2005)
  • Busted Wonder (with Charity Larrison, webcomic, 2005–2008)
  • Exterminus (with Charity Larrison, infinite canvas webcomic, 2005)
  • Short stories (drawn by Andy Bloor) in anthology graphic novels published by Accent UK:
    • Zombies: "Zombies" (168 pages, 2007, ISBN 0-9555-7640-7)
    • Robots: "Robot" (204 pages, 2008, ISBN 0-955-57641-5)
    • Western: "The Men Who Built the West" (192 pages, 2009, ISBN 0-95557-642-3)

Image Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Avatar Press[edit]

Other publishers[edit]


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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 10 December 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 16 August 2009.
  18. ^ Strom, Marc (10 August 2009). "Chicago Con '09: S.W.O.R.D. Ongoing". Retrieved 16 August 2009.
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  20. ^ Richards, Dave (21 May 2010). "Gillen Sends "Thor" to Hell". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 31 July 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 8 November 2010.
  23. ^ Schedeen, Jesse (25 July 2010). "SDCC 10: The Next Gen of X-Men". IGN. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
  24. ^ Ching, Albert (29 July 2010). "SDCC 2010: GENERATION HOPE Gets An Ongoing in November". Newsarama. Retrieved 8 November 2010.
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  32. ^ "The Gods Are ReIncarnated in THE WICKED AND THE DIVINE". Image Comics. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  33. ^ "2015 Eisner Award Nominations". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 13 June 2015. Archived from the original on 13 June 2015. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  34. ^ "2020 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. 7 April 2020. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  35. ^ Kamen, Matt (8 January 2015). "Exclusive: Image Comics attacks normalcy with 'The Ludocrats'". Wired UK. Archived from the original on 11 January 2015.
  36. ^ Horne, Karama (29 May 2020). "Indie Comics Spotlight: Why the insanity of Ludocrats is exactly what we need right now". Syfy Wire. Archived from the original on 1 June 2020.
  37. ^ 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 20 July 2020.
  38. ^ Lovett, Jamie (24 August 2020). "The Eternals: Kieron Gillen Reveals Plans to Redefine Marvel's Cosmic Mythology". Archived from the original on 19 September 2020. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  39. ^ "ETERNALS #1". Comic Book Roundup. Archived from the original on 21 February 2021. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  40. ^ "Community champions to join Staffordshire University's Class of 2019". Staffordshire University. 6 June 2019. Archived from the original on 15 June 2019. Retrieved 21 February 2021.
  41. ^ Johnston, Rich (23 May 2010). "Eagle Awards Nominations Announced". Bleeding Cool. Avatar Press.
  42. ^ a b "2020 Hugo Awards". Hugo Awards. 2020. Retrieved 15 November 2020.
  43. ^ "2020 British Fantasy Awards Winners". Locus Online. 22 February 2021. Awarded in 2021 for 2020 works.
  44. ^ a b "2021 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. Retrieved 13 April 2021.
  45. ^ Rees, Robert. "Hit". ZUM! Comics. Archived from the original on 15 September 2003.
  46. ^ Gillen, Kieron (31 October 2018). "086: we have cats". TinyLetter. Archived from the original on 6 September 2021.
  47. ^ Gillen, Kieron (23 September 2019). "When it comes to uber, is there any possibility of publishing under a publisher other than avatar?". Tumblr. Archived from the original on 6 September 2021.

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Thor writer
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Uncanny X-Men writer
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Iron Man writer
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