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This week we talk about Gail Simone for Creator Focus

Gail Simone

Born:     July 29, 1974 Oregon

Occupation: Writer, Critic

Notable Works:

  • Birds of Prey
  • Secret Six
  • Welcome to Tranquility
  • Wonder Woman
  • Red Sonja
  • Batgirl

Awards

  • 2009, she was inducted into the Friends of Lulu's Female Comic Creator's Hall Of Fame.
  • 2010 and 2012, Simone was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book through her work on Secret Six
  • July 2014, Simone was awarded the first ever True Believers Comic Award for Roll of Honor/Comic Excellence at London Film and Comic Con

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1990’s

  • Simone first came to fan attention through Women in Refrigerators, a website founded in 1999

    • In response to Green Lantern #54, where Kyle’r girlfriend (Alexandra DeWitt) was murdered and put into a refrigerator.
    • The site was dedicated to identifying female superheroes who had been killed, raped, or otherwise suffered traumatic indignities as a plot device for a male character.
  • Simone worked for Bongo Comics, scripting many of their comics based on The Simpsons.
    • Her contributions include stories for Simpsons Comics, an annual Treehouse of Horror special, and regular scripts for Bart Simpson Comics.

2000’s

  • Simone entered the comics mainstream with a run on Marvel Comics' Deadpool.
  • When Deadpool was canceled and relaunched as Agent X, Simone continued as writer, but eventually left the series after a conflict with the series' editor
  • After the dispute with Marvel, Simone moved on to DC Comics, where she was given the Birds of Prey title in 2003
    • all-female group consisting of Oracle, Black Canary, The Huntress and Lady Blackhawk.
  • Simone took over Action Comics after writer Chuck Austen, with John Byrne penciling.
  • 2005 Villains United limited series – part of the "Infinite Crisis" crossover – in which she revitalized the Catman character.
  • wrote a two-issue story arc that focused on the new Hawk & Dove for the third Teen Titans series, with Rob Liefeld penciling.
    • Simone maintained her usual enthusiastic stance, fandom was quick to lambast the promotional art Liefeld produced in tandem with the PR announcement.
  • In 2005 Simone wrote a Villains United limited series spin-off, entitled Secret Six, which led to an ongoing series
    • debuted in September 2008 and finished with the rest of DC's titles prior to the September 2011 New 52 relaunch.
  • Killer Princesses #1–3 (with Lea Hernandez, Oni Press, December 2001 – April 2003) collected as:
    • Killer Princesses (96 pages, February 2004
  • Action Comics #827–831 & 833–835 2006
    • Collected as: Superman: Strange Attractors
  • Rose and Thorn #1–6 2004
  • Simone also wrote an Atom series, based on ideas by Grant Morrison
  • Other work includes a Gen¹³ series 2006
  • and a creator-owned project about a retirement community of super-heroes, Welcome to Tranquility, for the company Wildstorm.
  • Simone was also a contributor to Tori Amos's Comic Book Tattoo
    • an Eisner Award and Harvey Award-winning anthology graphic novel made up of fifty-one stories, each based on or inspired by a song by American singer-songwriter Tori Amos, published by Image Comics in 2008.
  • April 12, 2007, DC announced that Simone would be the new regular writer of the third volume of Wonder Woman
    • notable for being Wonder Woman's longest-running female writer

2010’s

  • named as the writer for Birds of Prey under the "Brightest Day" banner.
  • A second Welcome to Tranquility limited series was also published in 2010
  • June 2011, it was announced that Simone would be working on a revamped Firestorm series starring Ronnie Raymond and Jason Rusch
  • 2011, Simone contributed to The Power Within, a Kickstarter-funded comic book that focuses on teen bullying
  • That same year, as part of DC Comics' New 52 initiative, Simone wrote the new Batgirl title starring Barbara Gordon.
    • Simone introduced a character named Alysia Yeoh, who was later revealed to be transgender, the first major transgender character written in a contemporary context in a mainstream comic book
  • 2012, various press reported rumors that her exclusivity deal with DC was coming to an end, that she was leaving the Batgirl title and possibly DC
    • December 9, 2012 Simone revealed that her departure was not voluntary, and that she had been fired from Batgirl the preceding Wednesday by the book's new editor, Brian Cunningham
    • December 21, Simone was back writing Batgirl
  • 2013, DC announced The Movement, a new series by Simone and artist Freddie Williams II, which Simone calls, "a book about power – who owns it, who uses it, who suffers from its abuse."
    • It focused on a group of teenagers, known as The Movement or Channel M, who use their superpowers to fight the corruption in Coral City.
  • The following month Simone began writing a new ongoing Red Sonja series for Dynamite
  • Simone was listed first on IGN's list of the "Best Tweeters in Comics" for the "enthusiasm and thoughtfulness" of her Twitter posts
  • 2014 to 2015, Simone wrote the Lara Croft series Tomb Raider for Dark Horse Comics.
    • The series was set in the continuity of the 2013 video game reboot and takes place between that game and its sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Bonus: Other Media

  • Simone worked on the Justice League Unlimited episode "Double Date", which features Question, Huntress, Green Arrow and Black Canary in a romantic adventure tinged with revenge and jealousy.
  • She also wrote a 2010 episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold titled "The Mask of Matches Malone!", which features Black Canary and Huntress from the Birds of Prey, as they try to remind Matches Malone that he is Batman.
  • 2007, Simone created and wrote an episode of GameTap's Revisioned: Tomb Raider, entitled "Pre-Teen Raider"
  • 2019 she wrote "Between Dark and Dawn", an episode of the television series My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

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"The first story arc focused on the introduction of several key characters and their involvement on the team. Whedon introduced a "mutant cure" designed by Indian Benetech scientist Dr. Kavita Rao, who was secretly sponsored by warrior alien Ord. The prospect of "real" humanity arouses the interest of a heavily mutated Beast, who visits Rao only to discover that the drug is the product of illegal human experimentation on an unknown victim. The X-Men raid Benetech and reunite with Colossus. With Colossus's help, the team takes down Ord, but not before it's revealed that a mutant (most likely an X-Man) would destroy Ord's home planet, the Breakworld, within the next three years."

 

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"The government has dispatched Amanda McKee – the technopath codenamed Livewire – to investigate the ruins of a secret facility formerly run by Toyo Harada, the most powerful telepath on Earth and her former mentor. In his quest for world betterment at any cost, Harada sought out and activated many potential psiots like himself. Those who survived, but whose powers he deemed to have no value to his cause, were hidden away at this installation. But Livewire, having studied Harada’s greatest strengths and learned his deepest weaknesses, senses opportunity where he once saw failure. A young girl who can talk to birds… A boy who can make inanimate objects gently glow… To others, these are expensive disappointments. But, to Livewire, they are secret weapons…in need of a leader. Now, as a mechanized killer called Rex-O seeks to draw them out, Livewire and her new team of cadets will be forced to put their powers into action…in ways they never could have imagined…"

 

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April 28, 2019

Live at Wasatch Comic Con

Friendly warning this episode is loud at the beginning till about 2 mins 45 seconds.

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This live episode has special guests Kenny and Alex.

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March 31, 2019

Book Club: Shazam!

Young orphan Billy Batson has bounced from foster home to foster home, but he's far from the ideal child. Brash and rude, Billy is a troubled teen that just can't seem to find a calling. But after a fateful night on a subway car, that all will change.  

Brought to the feet of the magical wizard Shazam at the Rock of Eternity, Billy is imbued with powers beyond any mortal man. By shouting the wizard's name--Shazam!--the young teen is mystically transformed into the powerhouse known as Shazam! Now given abilities that make him Earth's Mightiest Mortal at the utterance of a simple phrase, will Billy make the right choices and do what it takes to become a hero? Or will he succumb to the poor choices of youth--and the villainous Black Adam!

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March 24, 2019

80 Years of Batman

Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 in 1939

This Episode we talk all about Batman and the importance of the character.

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This week we talk about Gerard Way and what he has done in the comic book industry.

 

Born April 9, 1977 Belleville, New Jersey, U.S

Singer songwriter musician comic book writer

Awards

  • Apocalypse Suite 2008 Eisner Award for Best Limited Series

Notable Works

  • Doom Patrol
  • Umbrella Academy

 

  • He first began singing in the fourth grade, when he was Peter Pan in a school musical.
  • His maternal grandmother, was a great creative influence who taught him to sing, paint, and perform from a young age
  • At the age of 15, Way was held at gunpoint. He Said “ I got held up with a .357 Magnum, had a gun pointed to my head and put on the floor, execution-style.” Going on to say, "no matter how ugly the world gets or how stupid it shows me it is, I always have faith."
  • Way attended Belleville High School until he graduated in 1995
  • Deciding to pursue a career in the comic-book industry, he attended the School of Visual Arts in New York City, graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1999

 

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Captain Marvel: Higher, Further, Faster, More

"Hero! Pilot! Avenger! Captain Marvel, Earth's Mightiest Hero with an attitude to match, is back and launching headfirst into an all-new ongoing adventure! As Captain Marvel, a.k.a. Carol Danvers, comes to a crossroads with a new life and new romance, she makes a dramatic decision that will alter the course of her life - and the entire Marvel Universe - in the months to come. But as Carol takes on a mission to return an alien girl to her homeworld, she lands in the middle of an uprising against the Galactic Alliance! Investigating the forced resettlement of Rocket Girl's people, Carol discovers that she has a history with the man behind the plot. But when the bad guy tries to blackmail Carol and turn the Avengers against her, it's payback time! Guest-starring the Guardians of the Galaxy"

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December 30, 2018

Best of 2018

Joined by special guests Kenny and McCord we talk about our picks of 2018!

 

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Rockwell: God and Guns

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December 24, 2018

Comic Book Club: Batman Noel

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Batman: Noël is an original graphic novel written and illustrated by Lee Bermejo, who previously did the artwork for Joker. It is based on Charles Dickens' classic novel A Christmas Carol and features characters from both Dickens and the Batman mythos

 

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