PCC 2019: Spotlight On Kieron Gillen (Portsmouth Comic Con, May 2019)


I was lucky enough to be asked by Tripwire Magazine‘s EIC Joel Meadows to participate in this years Portsmouth Comic Con, the second year for the show held at the historic Portsmouth Guildhall over the Bank Holiday Weekend of Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th May 2019. Joel, Contributing Editor Andrew Colman and the entire Guildhall team put on quite the celebration of comics and pop culture, filling every available square inch of space with artists alleys, vendors, retailers, exhibitions and panels – it was quite the experience!

Kieron Gillen is in a strange place as a comics writer in 2019: he is coming to the close on two massive multiple-years projects with his run on STAR WARS, including titles DARTH VADER and DOCTOR APHRA, for Marvel Comics coming to an end shortly and his incredibly successful creator-owned book THE WICKED + THE DIVINE (published by Image Comics and with art by Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson) also reaching its conclusion in the next coming months.

And yet this will never be a time for the ever-prolific Gillen to rest on his laurels – his latest project, DIE, is published by Image Comics with stunning art by Stephanie Hans and is garnering stellar reviews for its first issues and later this year Gillen explores the Arthurian mythos in his own inimitable fashion with ONCE AND FUTURE, published by BOOM! Studios.

Over the course of fifty-five minutes, Tripwire Magazine’s EIC Joel Meadows talks to Gillen about what it means to bring these massive, popular works to an end and to then pick up with two more potentially intensive and detailed books directly afterwards. He’s a busy chap – here we find out what drives him…

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Thanks to the entire Portsmouth Comic Con team for their help in putting on these panels, and to Joel and Andrew for the invitation to participate.

Portsmouth Comic Con is confirmed as returning to the city’s Guildhall in 2020, over the Bank Holiday weekend of Saturday 2nd / Sunday 3rd May. Find out more about the show at their official website, www.portsmouthcomiccon.com



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