Brief talk with Gail Simone

So remember that con back in October? New York Comic Con aka clusterfuckcon? Yeah I remember it too.

I never really got to do an entry on it, but Lauren did and really I don’t have too much to say on it. My goal for that con was to try and get footage for the TV station I work for (which did not get used…oh well) but I did manage to snag a couple minutes of Gail Simone’s time. So as not to have made her time (and mine) a complete waste I will share that interview here. Gail Simone currently writes Birds of Prey (I, personally, am SO GLAD this series is back and has her as the author) and Secret Six (which is highly entertaining).

Q: In the recent issues of Birds of Prey, Savant betrayed the Birds and caused a plot twist that surprised fans. Was this something you had planned when you were last on Birds of Prey or was this a new plot you came up with?
A: It was a new plot that I created for this storyline.

Q: In Secret Six you write a believable lesbian character. How did you go about create that character?
A: Make layers and make sure they are well-rounded characters. There are very few minority characters, so I take really good care of them.

Q: Do you listen to any music to inspire you to write certain characters? If so, what songs?
A: I have to have absolute silence. Sometimes during brainstorming there can be background noise. Rest of the time, I need silence.

Q: How was it writing the Birds of Prey episode for cartoon series like Justice League Unlimited and Batman: Brave and the Bold?
A: It was really fun! It was so exciting. I loved it.

Q: If DC ever made a Birds of Prey movie do you think they would ask you to write the script and would you want to do it?
A: Yes.
(Hint: DC, GET THE FUCK ON THIS. RIGHT NOW.  FORGET GREEN LANTERN.  GIVE ME BIRDS OF PREY.)

Q: Do you feel the advances in technology will hurt or help the comic industry?
A: It gives us a new set of tools. Trick is not to stay in the past. Move forward and accommodate with the changing times. People will still want it on paper but will reach a wider audience reaching it digitally.

Q: What words of advice would you give to someone trying to break into the comic industry?
A: Write as much as you can. Decide what to listen to and what not to listen to and find your own voice.

That was all the questions that I asked, because the con is a busy time for everyone so I wanted to keep it short and sweet.  Believe me, I could’ve just stayed there all day and asked questions.  And then she would’ve had to shoo me away with a broom.

Next year I do plan to return to NYCC and hopefully will have my own video equipment to get footage with audio and do a couple on-site interviews!

For my next post on here, you guys can expect my thoughts on what has been going on with DC and J. Michael Straczynski’s future game plan for Superman: Earth One graphic novel series and him dropping two books, but we still get his storyline? Wow DC, we get to have our cake and eat it too!

-Julie

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