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    Kieron Gillen, writer of PHONOGRAM, S.W.O.R.D. and THOR, as well as infamous games journalist and occasional music writer, has agreed to spend a week here fielding questions, posting stuff and presumably jabbering about how My Bloody Valentine have taken the last of his hearing.

    Please feel free to question Kieron about his work, bloody computer games and the frequent hideous lapses in his musical taste. Usual rules apply, and the thread will be carefully watched for nutters. Otherwise, have fun.

    Kieron, all yours.
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    Well, I don't think I've ever asked a question in one of these, so....

    You've mentioned before that without a digital platform* ala Longbox, there probably wouldn't a Phonogram 3. In your opinion, how far out do you think we are from this being a reliable and worthwhile way to actually, you know, make money with comics?

    Or are we already there and I'm just massively ignorant?

    *Probably the wrong word. It's early yet.
    • CommentAuthordot_xom
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2009 edited
    Who are your influences, as a writer?

    (And, yet again, kudos to you and Jamie for the fantastic job you guys do on Phonogram. Issue four is one of my favourite single issues of any comic from the last ten years.)
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2009
    Congratz with your work @ Marvel :)

    Having collected all of your phonogram singles so far, I've got a question; what does an illustrator have to do to illustrate a short story by your hand?
    There has to be a chapter in the how to guide; I know its somewhere: *flips thru manual. > 'ask the writer NICELY' okay. 'and offer incentives' ehm okay.
    Being short on booze, money and wimmin, I can only offer time and a slight talent at drawing not complete arsed up slightly emaciated stick-figures.

    I think a lot us (or at least me) would like to know how to approach a writer kindly, without having someone who can introduce you to said writer.

    thanks in advance,

    If this question is already answered, or might take this conversation on the wrong track I shall delete it (or have it deleted by the gods)
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    I am feeling particularly mortal today, so may be a bit slow. I'm sweating sound-waves. It's a good kind of pain. The music must come out of me.

    I will be answering questions shortly. Thanks for Warren for having me. Thanks to you all for putting up with me.

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    OK not a question, but just wanted to say that the Ska Attack Squad backup was pretty much perfection and brought back memories of dancing like maniacs on pub benches at 5 in the morning.
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    Memory Tapes or Toro Y Moi?

    [Edited to correct fat-fginfgers]
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2009 edited
    I will think of other questions, since your work is kind of amazing, but if we're talking MBV a friend said he saw a man crouching on the floor cradling his head in his hands and weeping in pain at the end of their show earlier this year. He described scenes of mass hysteria of people at first walking, then running for the exits.

    Did you weep?

    edited to second my love of the Ska Attack Squad.
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2009 edited
    *has no questions, but is working on nephews Poirot costume just for you / at your request*

    ETA: Am suddenly really hoping you remember, else I look completely mental. Though obviously, pretty cool, or at least my nephew will...
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    Just going to join the Ska Attack Squad loving because it was/is fantastic. As was Rue Britannia which I picked up last week.

    I'll try and think of a sensible question later.
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    Kieron, what was your favourite time you ever cried?
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    Standard boring question: what was the comic/graphic novel that got you into comics/graphic novels?
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    Mr. Gillen --

    Thank you, for both the work you do and your prompt replies to fanmail. :) So I've been listening to The Long Blondes, and in fact have SOMEONE TO DRIVE YOU HOME playing as I type. What do you recommend I listen to next? (Right now my favorite playlist is this album, mixed with Tegan and Sara's SAINTHOOD, plus Lady Gaga's THE FAME MONSTER. So, yeah.)

    What are the favorite artists or albums of the characters you write, but don't own? What does Thor listen to? Lockheed? What does Dazzler listen to when she's working out? What does Abigail Brand put on the music player when she's cleaning her kitchen? Or anyone else?

    Thanks again --

    Sigrid Ellis
    • CommentAuthorMutantNME
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2009
    Now not in Twitterton; Who would win in a fight between Duke Nukem and Serious Sam??

    Also, would they get an offical Civil Partnership or simply live together and rely on the new co-habiting partner laws being brought forth in the near future?
    • CommentAuthorMutantNME
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2009
    I would also like to know who sports your very favourite beard, who has your most despised facial hair and your reasoning for both??

    Extra points will be awarded for creative interpretation of the question, but deducted for being too pretentious.
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    So stoked for this thread.

    I read recently in an interview that you'd continue to write PHONOGRAM to a hypothetical Series 4 then end it there. Now, setting aside whether or not that ever gets made, do you think that PHONOGRAM will be your only comic that deals heavily with music?

    Can we refer to other threads? If so, I'd like to quickly mention the official PHONOGRAM thread because I'm curious as to how insanely nutty my thoughts on Lloyd and Indie Dave are.

    • CommentAuthorSteadyUP
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2009
    No question - just wanted to say that, having never heard of you before Thor and Ares, I'm pretty impressed so far. I was on the fence about picking up SWORD before, but I'm definitely going to check it out, and I may even try to dig up Phonogram.
    • CommentAuthorneftones
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2009
    What's one band you and Jamie fight over including in Phonogram?

    Favorite concert ever?

    Any DC work in your future?

    Will your increasing success in mainstream comics make continuing Phonogram more or less difficult?

    Can we get a Hold Steady nod in Phonogram 3 (if it happens)? 'cause they're pretty much the best. right?

    Favorite Warren Ellis series?

    Keep up the awesome work. Told you this on Twitter, but you knocked that first issue of Thor out of the park. Can't wait to read the rest of your run there. Obv Phonogram is the best, it's the only book I make a special trip to the shop for.
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    Can we get a Hold Steady nod in Phonogram 3

    God, I hope he cuts you open.
    • CommentAuthorneftones
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2009
    well there goes my private fantasy of Warren Ellis stumbling around the pub drunk yelling "I AIN'T EVER BEEN WITH YOUR LITTLE HOODRAT FRIEND!"