gail simone is awesome

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There are going to be a couple C2E2 posts, since I’m breaking them up a little bit.

Check out all my Gail Simone (gailsimone) stuff from C2E2! Forgive my complete deer in the headlights look there in the picture. My friends had to pretty much threaten to drag me over to say hello because I’m actually pretty bad at saying hello. (No really, way more social anxiety over here than you’d think.)

Anyway, meeting Gail Simone was freaking awesome. I think I ran into her a total of like… 4 times? That sounds right, because twice on Friday, once on Saturday after her panel, and once on Sunday after I finally found what was apparently the only booth that stocked The Movement. On Friday she signed Steph’s Batgirl for me at like the crack of opening (the horror of being at C2E2 at opening I will save for another post) and I bought the Secret Six script on Friday as well. I also went to her Dark Horse Presents panel on Friday, which was pretty amazing. Saturday I was at the Gay Creators and Gay Characters panel, which she was on, and the photo was snagged in the hallway outside the panel. It was a fantastic panel, by the way, and infinitely better than the queer characters panel I went to at 2012 C2E2, which was made up of all gay white dudes who, when questioned, said they “weren’t familiar” with Batwoman. (SERIOUSLY?!) Sunday I got The Movement #1 signed, and was at the panel moderated by racebending.com.

Gail was more amazing than I really have words for, to be honest. Like I knew from other people’s commentary that she was awesome, but I did not expect that amongst a sea of hundreds of faces she would seem to recognize me each time I talked to her. That’s just… unbelievably impressive. Also it was pretty funny to watch how legit excited she looks when she spots someone cosplaying one of her characters.

Although the hidden, completely unexpected treasure of the whole weekend, I have to admit, was kind of Gail’s husband. (Whos name I can’t seem to find by Googling, so I sincerely apologize). He was every bit as friendly as Gail was, and at one point invited me to come back by the booth when it wasn’t so busy (best I could tell there wasn’t really a not busy time from that point on, however). But when I was talking with both of them in the hall outside the panel I mentioned that getting Steph’s comic signed meant a lot since she had passed away, he was so genuinely concerned about whether I was okay that he kept convincing me to follow on down the hall for a bit. It was really touching.

This won’t be my last post about C2E2, it was just the one I was the most excited to post!

My God, i love this page SO much. I think it captures the very essence of Wonder Woman: the fact that her biggest superpower is not superstrenght, flight or superpseed. Her biggest power is that she has one of the biggest hearts in the world.

Tomb Raider #1 - Available now! 

Ready for a new run of Croft comics? The wait is over - Dark Horse’s Tomb Raider #1 is available now at comic shops and online via Dark Horse Digital

Written by industry superstar Gail Simone, Tomb Raider #1 picks up where the reboot left off. Full color and running 32 pages, the issue is penciled by Nicolás Daniel Selma, inked by Juan Gedeon, and colored by Michael Atiyeh. Dan Dos Santos tackled the beautiful cover above. 

Read on for a celebratory note direct from Gail, and be sure to let us know what you think of the first issue! 

Hi, Tomb Raider Community!

I just wanted to take a moment and thank you on behalf of the entire Tomb Raider comic team, including artist Nico Selma and all the people at Dark Horse, for all the enthusiasm you have shown us about this upcoming series. When it was announced at San Diego Comicon, the response was electric, the huge Dark Horse booth became completely inundated with Tomb Raider fans…I had no idea there would be a response like this, and it’s one of my fondest convention memories. We are ridiculously excited to be working on this book featuring this amazing character, based on this extraordinary game.

I am particularly delighted to be working so closely with the makers of the game, Crystal Dynamics, and the wonderful Rhianna Pratchett, who was lead writer. I had breakfast with her in Middlesbrough, England at the Animex Animation Festival a couple weeks ago, and it was wonderful discussing secret German diary entries and the efficacy of the longbow versus the shotgun in mid-range combat (give me the longbow every time, I say…and as many headshots as possible!) over really good tea, while confused waiters milled around us wondering what in God’s name we were talking about. 

Being able to work so closely with the people who made one of the best adventure games of all time, with my favorite videogame character, that’s a rare privilege and joy. It also gives us a chance to slip in some sneaky Easter eggs and hints of what is to come, because we are working hand in hand to ensure that everything fits together seamlessly. Sharp-eyed readers might spot some very cool stuff, fair warning.

We have some fun surprises planned, great locations around the world, bits of the past coming back to haunt Lara, and additional details about her friends that have never been revealed before. I can’t wait to share all this stuff with you. And thank you again for the incredible support!

Come share our adventure!

Always go for the headshot,

Gail Simone

PS. Thank you to Crystal Dynamics for the awesome bag of Lara Croft swag (this gig has PERKS)!

SECRET SIX #3
Written by GAIL SIMONE
Art by KEN LASHLEY
Cover by DALE EAGLESHAM
1:25 Variant cover by GARRY BROWN
On sale FEBRUARY 4 • 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US • RATED T+
Retailers: This issue will ship with two covers. Please see the order form for details.
Her name is Strix. What is her secret?!

I don’t know what’s going on here but it’s awesome.

For that time I was having a rough morning but gailsimone was discussing Wolverine’s pubes on Twitter and tweeted “Pubearine” at me (yes, I screenshot & saved the moment forever), completely changing the course of my day, and for countless other moments where she has made me laugh, inspired, and added so much to the world of comics and beyond, I wish Gail the happiest of birthdays and thank her for being so damn awesome.

Comics to Read, 12/3- The "If You Wish Hard Enough It Might Come True" Edition

Welcome to another edition of Comics to Read the weekly wrap-up of comics that you might want to … read this week.

I’m thrilled this week because it marks the return of one of my favorite comics of the last decade. When the new 52 was announced there was lots of disappointment but one of my biggest “NOOOOO!s” came with cancellation of the Secret Six which hands down was one of the best comics that DC was putting out and one of the best comics period. Born from a major crossover, Infinitie Crisis, the team of grade B Villains turned into anti-heroes ably combined humor, action and “OMG did they just do that? moments. That tone continued when the Six launched into its own series.

Gail Simone, the creator of all this awesomeness, is back this week to launch another Secret Six. The cast is sadly different with only Thomas Blake aka Catman and Black Alice returning (where’s my Scandal, damn it). The rest of team consists of other Simone new 52 creations and new characters. But if the first issue is any indication the combination, this book remains the one that Simone was born to write. We get a healthy dose of the violence, mystery and naughtiness that I expect and love about the Six. The artist on this retake is Ken Lashley and he’s a good match offering some great action sequences. I found some of his characters a little same facey - let’s hope that changes over time.  But let’s focus on the positive - the Six is back. 

And there’s more first issues this week!

The comic I would have handed to my Dad this week and he would have loved it. I enjoyed it but then it IS Shaft.

From the folks who brought you Princeless. A young girl has to win fights to save her brother. I think my heart swooned at the chain saw vs. dinosaur battle.

Here’s another issue of Gotham Academy. It worries me that I didn’t even realize this was out this week until I reviewed my preview list. Or had a preview until I started looking for it. But whatever, I’m sure they know what they are doing in marketing this, right? 

Time for some Dick! (Aside: I read a comment from someone on the Internet saying they refused to read this book until the Dick jokes stopped. In other words, NEVAH!) Also how lovely is that Janin cover (and BONUS! there’s a Cooke variant available).

As usual.

Has this been optioned for TV yet? I mean a city of serial killers - that’s like AMC calling call?

This is a bit on the pricey side (@$8) but it’s a good way to catch up on the adventures of Peggy Carter before her show starts.

That’s it for me this week. What’s on your list?