Gail Simone
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Simone at the New York Comic Con in Manhattan, October 9, 2010
BornOregon, U.S.
NationalityAmerican
Area(s)Writer, Critic
Notable works
Birds of Prey
Secret Six
Welcome to Tranquility
Wonder Woman
Red Sonja
Batgirl

Gail Simone is an American writer best known for her work in comics on DC's Birds of Prey, Batgirl, Dynamite Entertainment's Red Sonja, and for being the longest running female writer on Wonder Woman to date. Other notable works include Clean Room, Secret Six, Welcome to Tranquility, The All-New Atom, and Deadpool.

She enjoyed a long-running stint on The Simpsons comics, and has also written for television and video games.[1]

Her work has been nominated for a number of awards including the GLAAD Media Award, and she is the recipient of a 2017 San Diego Comic Con Inkpot Award.

Career

Early work

Gail Simone was born and raised in Oregon.[2]

A former hairdresser who studied theater in college,[3][4] Simone first came to public notice through Women in Refrigerators, a website founded in 1999 by comics fans in response to a scene in Green Lantern #54, in which the titular hero's girlfriend, Alexandra DeWitt, was murdered and her corpse shoved in a refrigerator for the hero to find. The site's purpose was to analyze how female characters are written so as to suffer traumatic indignities, a plot device to advance the narrative of male characters.[4] The site brought her into contact with many people working in the comics industry.

Her column You'll All Be Sorry! appeared weekly on Comic Book Resources.[5] Topics ranged from short, satirical summaries of comic books ("Condensed Comic Classics") to fan fiction parodies.

Comics

2000-2010

Simone posing with a fan dressed as Huntress, a character whom Simone wrote in Birds of Prey, at the New York Comic Con, October 9, 2010.
Simone posing with a fan dressed as Huntress, a character whom Simone wrote in Birds of Prey, at the New York Comic Con, October 9, 2010.

From 2001, Simone wrote Simpsons Comics for Bongo Comics, including an annual Treehouse of Horror special, and regular scripts for Bart Simpson Comics. Simone also penned many Sunday strips for the syndicated Simpsons comic strip.

Simone worked for Marvel Comics' on Deadpool from 2003. After Deadpool was canceled and relaunched as Agent X, Simone continued as writer, but eventually left the project after a conflict with the series' editor.[6] Simone returned to write the concluding arc to Agent X after the series' initial cancellation.

Simone moved to DC Comics where she wrote Birds of Prey in 2003 from issue #56 which featured an all-female team: Oracle, Black Canary, The Huntress and Lady Blackhawk.

Simone wrote Action Comics with John Byrne as pencil artist. In 2005 Simone wrote the Villains United limited series – part of the "Infinite Crisis" crossover – starring the Catman character. She also wrote a two-issue story arc that focused on Hawk & Dove for a rebooted Teen Titans series with Rob Liefeld as artist. Simone supported Liefeld in the face of public criticism of his art.[7][8]

Simone's Villains United limited series spin-off Secret Six followed in 2005, which led to an ongoing series in September 2008, and multiple DC crossovers prior to the September 2011 New 52 relaunch.

Other works by Simone include Action Comics, The Legion, Rose and Thorn, Wildstorm's Gen¹³, and an Atom series based on ideas by Grant Morrison and penciled by John Byrne and Mike Norton. She wrote a creator-owned project about a retirement community of super-heroes, Welcome to Tranquility, for Wildstorm, and was a contributor to Tori Amos's Comic Book Tattoo.

In 2007 Simone took over writing duties on Wonder Woman from issue #14.[9][10] To date, Simone isWonder Woman's longest-running female writer. In 2010 she took over the writing reigns on Birds of Prey.[11][12]

She returned to Welcome to Tranquility for a second limited series in 2010.[13][14] In 2011 she collaborated with co-writer Ethan Van Sciver on a revamped Firestorm series.[15] Secret Six was canceled and Simone left Birds of Prey and The Fury of Firestorm.[16][17]

2011-2020

In 2011, Simone contributed to The Power Within, a Kickstarter-funded comic book that focuses on teen bullying.[18]

As part of DC Comics' New 52 initiative, Simone wrote a new Batgirl title starring Barbara Gordon, which debuted in 2011.[19] Simone introduced a character named Alysia Yeoh, the first transgender character written in a contemporary context in a mainstream comic book.[20]

In 2012, news outlets reported that her exclusivity deal with DC had terminated and she was leaving the Batgirl title as well as DC Comics.[21] In 2012, Simone revealed that she was fired from Batgirl by the book's new editor Brian Cunningham.[22] After fan protests, Simone returned to Batgirl as writer.[23]

Simone at the 2018 WonderCon
Simone at the 2018 WonderCon

In 2013, DC Comics published The Movement by Simone and artist Freddie Williams II, which Simone called "a book about power – who owns it, who uses it, who suffers from its abuse."[24] Also in 2013 Simone wrote a new ongoing Red Sonja series for Dynamite.[25]

Also in 2013, Simone was listed first on IGN's list of the "Best Tweeters in Comics" for the "enthusiasm and thoughtfulness" of her Twitter posts.[26]

In 2014-2015, Simone wrote the Lara Croft series Tomb Raider for Dark Horse Comics, set between the 2013 video game reboot and its sequel Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Oni Press published her graphic novel Seven Days with art by Jose Luis in 2020 as part of an initiative to launch a new Catalyst Prime superhero universe.[27]

Animation

In 2005, Simone penned an episode of the series Justice League Unlimited entitled "Double Date", which featured Question, Huntress, Green Arrow and Black Canary. Originally, Simone intended the episode to feature Batgirl but animation rights for the character were unavailable.[28]

In 2007, Simone wrote an episode of GameTap's Revisioned: Tomb Raider, entitled "Pre-Teen Raider".[29]

She also wrote a 2010 episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold entitled "The Mask of Matches Malone!", featuring Black Canary and Huntress from "Birds of Prey".

In 2019, she wrote an episode of the series My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic entitled "Between Dark and Dawn".

Awards and honors

Simone is notable for being one of the most influential women in the comic book industry.[30] Her blog "Women In Refrigerators" raised awareness of the representation of women in comics.[31] Simone believes most female comic characters are targeted at male audiences through oversexualization, and advocates for the creation of female characters that are as powerful, appealing, and commercially viable as male characters, something she strives to achieve in her own work.[30]

Notable works

Comics

Bongo Comics

Dark Horse Comics

DC Comics/Vertigo/Wildstorm

Dynamite Entertainment

Marvel Comics

Television

Films

Notes

  1. ^ "Crosswind #1 | Releases | Image Comics". Image Comics. Retrieved 23 July 2017.
  2. ^ Turnquist, Kristi (February 25, 2014). "Gail Simone to sign copies of new 'Tomb Raider' comics series Wednesday at Things from Another World". The Oregonian. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Passing the Tiara: Who Should Play the Next Wonder Woman" Archived 2013-09-25 at the Wayback Machine. UGO.com. October 5, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Housel, Rebecca (March 3, 2013). "Gail Simone!" Dr. Rebecca Housel.
  5. ^ Simone, Gail. "'You'll All Be Sorry!' Archives". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on 2004-12-11. Retrieved November 1, 2021.((cite web)): CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  6. ^ Thomas, Brandon (2003). "The Gail Simone Dialogues". Comics Bulletin. Archived from the original on 2009-08-27.
  7. ^ Newsarama[dead link]
  8. ^ "DC Comics message boards". Archived from the original on Oct 17, 2005. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  9. ^ Brady, Matt (April 12, 2007). "Gail Simon Named New Wonder Woman Writer". Newsarama. Archived from the original on April 15, 2007.
  10. ^ Brady, Matt (2007-08-14). "Simon's Wonder Woman Debut Pushed Back a Month". Newsarama. Archived from the original on 2007-08-27.
  11. ^ Segura, Alex (January 13, 2010). "DCU in 2010: Welcome Back the Birds of Prey". The Source. DC Comics.com. Archived from the original on July 21, 2011. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
  12. ^ McGuirk, Brendan (January 13, 2010). "Gail Simone Returns to 'Birds of Prey' in 2010 – EXCLUSIVE". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on January 16, 2010. Retrieved January 13, 2010.
  13. ^ Phegley, Kiel (March 5, 2010). "Gail Simone Leaves "Wonder Woman"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 26 March 2019.
  14. ^ "Gail Simone on leaving Wonder Woman and returning to Birds of Prey". DC. March 5, 2010.
  15. ^ Hyde, David (June 2, 2011). "The New Justice". DC Comics.
  16. ^ JK Parkin (June 9, 2011). "Gail Simone confirms that Secret Six will end with issue #36". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  17. ^ Khouri, Andy (December 7, 2011). "Comics Alliance: DC Shakeup: Gail Simone Off 'Firestorm,' Tom DeFalco on 'Legion Lost', Cornell Off 'Stormwatch'". Comics Alliance. Archived from the original on September 5, 2012.
  18. ^ Pirshafiey, Nicole (May 20, 2011). "The Power Within: Anti-Bullying Comic Book Raising Funds To Spread Positive Message". GLAAD.
  19. ^ Meylikhov, Matthew (June 6, 2011). "DC Confirm the Women of Gotham" Archived 2011-08-20 at the Wayback Machine. Multiversity Comics.
  20. ^ Kane, Matt (April 10, 2013). "'Batgirl' Comic Introduces Transgender Character". GLAAD.
  21. ^ "Bleeding Cool: Will Gail Simone Leave Batgirl? DC Creative Changes In The Next Few Months". Bleeding Cool. 2012.
  22. ^ Esposito, Joey (December 9, 2012). "Gail Simone Fired from Batgirl". IGN. Newscorp.
  23. ^ Esposito, Joey (December 21, 2012). "Gail Simone Back on Batgirl: Writer announces she's back on the book". Retrieved December 21, 2012.
  24. ^ Hunsaker, Andy (February 8, 2013). "DC Announces 'The Green Team' and 'The Movement'". CraveOnline. Archived from the original on April 26, 2014.
  25. ^ "ECCC 13: Gail Simone to Write New RED SONJA Ongoing Series". Comic Vine. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  26. ^ Yehl, Joshua (20 February 2013). "The Best Tweeters in Comics". Retrieved 22 April 2014.
  27. ^ Simone, Gail (17 November 2020). Seven Days Vol. 1. ISBN 9781549303036.
  28. ^ "Double Date". Archived from the original on 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  29. ^ "Pre-Teen Raider: Interview With Writer Gail Simone". Wired. 2007-10-09. Retrieved 2007-10-12.
  30. ^ a b Maggs, Sam (March 7, 2013). "Ladies Make Comics Too: Gail Simone". Dork Shelf.
  31. ^ Meyer, Jim "Women in Comics- Gail Simone Interview". PREVIEWS.
  32. ^ "SDCC 09: 2009 EISNER AWARDS Winners". Newsarama.com. July 25, 2009. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  33. ^ "2009". Harvey Awards. February 27, 2014. Archived from the original on November 8, 2013. Retrieved October 11, 2015.
  34. ^ "2009 Female Comic Creator's Hall Of Fame Inductee: Gail Simone". Friends of Lulu 2009. Retrieved April 26, 2014.
  35. ^ a b Wheeler, Andrew (January 19, 2012). "GLAAD Announces Nominees for Outstanding Comic Book 2011" Archived 2014-04-29 at the Wayback Machine. Comics Alliance.
  36. ^ Melrose, Kevin (July 14, 2014). "True Believers Comic Awards announce 2014 winners" Comic Book Resources.
  37. ^ "Inkpot Award". Comic-Con International: San Diego. 2021. Archived from the original on January 3, 2022. Retrieved January 17, 2021.
  38. ^ Villains United details Archived 2008-09-13 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  39. ^ Of Like Minds trade details Archived 2009-02-10 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  40. ^ Sensei & Student trade details Archived 2009-02-23 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  41. ^ Between Dark & Dawn trade details Archived 2009-02-26 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  42. ^ The Battle Within trade details Archived 2009-02-10 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  43. ^ Perfect Pitch trade details Archived 2009-02-10 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  44. ^ Blood and Circuits trade details Archived 2009-02-26 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  45. ^ Dead of Winter trade details Archived 2009-02-26 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  46. ^ Welcome to Tranquility Volume 1 trade details at DC
  47. ^ Welcome to Tranquility Volume 2 trade details at DC
  48. ^ Collated from DC Comics data from individual comic book page counts. The graphic novel does not have a page number count in the "Library of Congress Catalog" or "DC Comics page"
  49. ^ "JLA: The Hypothetical Woman", Library of Congress Catalog. DC Comics. Accessed August 15, 2015
  50. ^ The Circle hardcover details Archived 2009-02-26 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  51. ^ The Circle trade details Archived 2009-09-28 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  52. ^ End of the Earth hardcover details Archived February 23, 2009, at the Wayback Machine at DC
  53. ^ Rise of the Olympian trade details Archived 2009-11-06 at the Wayback Machine at DC. Note: Site incorrectly identifies this volume's contents as issues #20–27.
  54. ^ Warkiller trade details Archived 2010-08-10 at the Wayback Machine at DC.
  55. ^ Contagion trade details Archived 2010-12-02 at the Wayback Machine at DC.
  56. ^ Cat's in the Cradle trade details Archived 2011-05-05 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  57. ^ The Reptile Brain trade details Archived 2011-05-11 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  58. ^ The Darkest House trade details Archived 2011-12-10 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  59. ^ "BIRDS OF PREY VOL. 1: ENDRUN" Archived 2011-05-14 at the Wayback Machine. DC Comics. Retrieved September 21, 2013.
  60. ^ The Death of Oracle hardcover details Archived 2011-12-10 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  61. ^ Welcome to Tranquility: One Foot in the Grave trade details Archived 2012-02-06 at the Wayback Machine at DC
  62. ^ "BATGIRL VOL 1: THE DARKEST REFLECTION". DC Comics. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  63. ^ "BATGIRL VOL 2: KNIGHTFALL DESCENDS". DC Comics. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
  64. ^ "BATGIRL VOL 3: DEATH OF THE FAMILY". DC Comics. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  65. ^ DC Comics page incorrectly lists this as 19–25, but 19 is included in the previous volume 3 and 26 is included in this volume.
  66. ^ "BATGIRL VOL 4: WANTED". DC Comics. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  67. ^ "BATGIRL VOL 5: DEADLINE". DC Comics. Retrieved August 12, 2015.
  68. ^ Dynamite Entertainment lists this as Red Sonja Vol 2 on their website.
  69. ^ "RED SONJA VOL. 1: QUEEN OF PLAGUES TPB". Dynamite Entertainment. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  70. ^ "RED SONJA TP VOL 02 ART OF BLOOD AND FIRE". Dynamite Entertainment. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  71. ^ "RED SONJA VOL 3 THE FORGIVING OF MONSTERS". Dynamite Entertainment. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  72. ^ "LEGENDS OF RED SONJA VOL. 1 TPB". Dynamite Entertainment. Retrieved August 13, 2015.
  73. ^ "Marvelous Adventures of Gus Beezer: Spider-Man (2003) #1". Marvel Comics. Accessed 15 Aug 15.
  74. ^ "Marvelous Adventures of Gus Beezer: Hulk". Marvel Comics. Accessed 15 Aug 15.
  75. ^ "Marvelous Adventures of Gus Beezer: X-Men". Marvel Comics. Accessed 15 Aug 15.
  76. ^ "Marvelous Adventures of Gus Beezer & Spider-Man (2004) #1". Marvel Comics. Accessed 15 Aug 15.
  77. ^ "Domino Vol. 1: Killer Instinct (Trade Paperback)". Marvel Comics. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  78. ^ "Domino Vol. 2: Soldier of Fortune". Amazon. Retrieved February 25, 2021.
  79. ^ "Domino: Hotshots (Trade Paperback)". Marvel Comics. Retrieved February 25, 2021.

References

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Preceded byFrank Tieri Deadpool writer 2002 Succeeded byFabian Nicieza(Cable and Deadpool)Daniel Way(Deadpool vol. 2) Preceded byGilbert Hernandez Birds of Prey writer 2003–2007 Succeeded byTony Bedard Preceded byDan AbnettAndy Lanning The Legion writer 2004 Succeeded byMark Waid(Legion of Super-Heroes vol. 5) Preceded byChuck Austen Action Comics writer 2005–2006 Succeeded byGeoff Johns Preceded byChris Claremont Gen¹³ writer 2006–2007 Succeeded bySimon Oliver Preceded byJodi Picoult Wonder Woman writer 2008–2010 Succeeded byJ. Michael Straczynski Preceded byTony Bedard Birds of Prey writer 2010–2011 Succeeded byDuane Swierczynski Preceded byBryan Q. Miller Batgirl writer 2011–2014 Succeeded byCameron StewartBrenden Fletcher Preceded byDwayne McDuffie Firestorm writer 2011–2012(with Ethan Van Sciver) Succeeded byJoe HarrisEthan Van Sciver Preceded byBrandon Jerwa Red Sonja writer 2013–2015 Succeeded byMarguerite Bennett