Gail Simone got her start in the comics industry writing for SIMPSONS COMICS with Bongo. She came to comics fans’ attention with her blog “Women in Refrigerators.” “Women in Refrigerators” is a list of female comics characters killed, maimed, raped, or paralyzed as a plot device for their male counterparts. It raised awareness for the representation of women in comics. After this launched her career, she began a weekly column “You’ll All Be Sorry!” for Comic Book Resources which featured her trademark humor and sharp wit.

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Her work with SIMPSONS COMICS led her to a run on DEADPOOL, and continued on with the series after it was relaunched as AGENT X. From there she moved on to work with DC comics. She is now best-known for her DC works, including  WONDER WOMAN, BIRDS OF PREY, and SECRET SIX. SECRET SIX was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book. Apart from comics, she has penned episodes of JUSTICE LEAGUE UNLIMITED and BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD. Her more recent work includes THE MOVEMENT with artist Freddie Williams II and the new ongoing RED SONJA series with Dynamite Comics. She is nowadays considered one of the most influential women in comics. In 2011, she penned the character Alysia Yeoh in BATGIRL, the first  transgender character written in a contemporary context in a mainstream comic.

It was great to interview a writer who’s written so prolifically on feminist issues. Simone said that she’s seen a lot of change in the comics world in terms of representing women as heroes, villains, and comics creators. She also has a great sense of humor that applies well to her run on DEADPOOL. She was kind enough to sit down with us to talk about her work and favorite characters she’s written for.

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