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Gail Simone: The Comics Alliance Interview, Part One – Batgirl, Birds Of Prey, And Women In Refrigerators

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Gail Simone, longtime comic book writer for DC Comics (and snarky Twitterer), is in the midst of a career evolution at the moment. Simone's comics work started with the Women in Refrigerators website, which was a commentary on how female characters are all-too-often mistreated in comics (named after the 1990s story in which Green Lantern Kyle Rayner discovers his girlfriend's body stuffed in his refrigerator). WIR became an important part of the discussion of how female characters are treated in superhero comics - a discussion that continues today. Simone's work on WIR led to a column at Comic Book Resources titled "You'll All Be Sorry" and the humor in that column in turn led to Simone working on Simpsons comics.

It was her entry into superhero comics, however, that permanently shifted Simeone's career. Although she worked for Marvel a bit, including a run on Deadpool and then Agent X, Simone has primarily made her home at DC over the last decade. Popular books like Birds of Prey, Secret Six, Wonder Woman, Batgirl, and others solidified Simone as super hero writer with an outspoken fan base.

Now Simone is in a brand new position: that of a non-exclusive freelancer. For many creators, this can be a difficult hustle, as the shift from guaranteed work minimums to having to look for gigs can be a struggle. Simone seems to be thriving, however. Between working on various Red Sonja projects at Dynamite and writing a Tomb Raider series at Dark Horse, Simone is also still working at DC, with a Vertigo series called Clean Room on the way and preparing to relaunch of fan-favorite Secret Six, which is in stores on December 3.

In part one of this in-depth two-part interview, Simone spoke with ComicsAlliance about Women in Refrigerators, women in comics, and her occasionally tense time at DC.

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Comics Alliance Presents The Harvey/Renee Index of Superhero Diversity

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We like diversity here at ComicsAlliance. We've said it before, and we'll say it again. We're also big fans of superheroes, and that probably goes without saying.

We especially like diversity with our superheroes. Diversity broadens the genre's reach, encourages respect and understanding of people's differences, and gives minority audiences more chances to see themselves in fiction, and those are all great things. Because of this, we've come up with a new way to look at diversity in superhero comics - particularly team books. We call it the Harvey/Renee Index.

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Robert Venditti and Jim Zub Replaced On ‘Constantine’ And ‘Birds of Prey’ Before Their Runs Began

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When DC announced that Hellblazer, the flagship title in the Vertigo line, would be ending with issue 300 and relaunching as Constantine in the DC Universe, the reaction amongst readers was mixed, to say the least. And now, via an interview today with Comic Book Resources, DC Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras and Editorial Director Bobbie Chase have revealed that Robert Venditti, who was previously set to write C

DC Comics Plays Musical Chairs With Four ‘New 52′ Artists

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It's been over a week since DC Comics announced any creative team changes on their New 52 superhero line, so we were pretty much overdue when the publisher's The Source blog announced several pencil artists coming and going in a series of posts Thursday. The affected books are Animal Man, Birds of Pre

‘Birds Of Prey’ #1: Black Canary Takes Flight/Fight [Exclusive Preview]

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On sale next week from DC Comics is Birds Of Prey #1, part of the publisher's ambitious and largely successful New 52 initiative, whereby the company has launched, relaunched and in many cases rebooted its entire superhero lineup. Written by Duane Swierczynski with artwork by Jesus Saiz, Birds Of Prey is a new take on the fan

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New ‘Huntress’ and ‘Penguin’ Miniseries Join DC’s Batman Titles in October

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Though DC's upcoming relaunch includes 11 ongoing Batman family titles,The Source, Newsarama and Comic Book Resources announced today that two new miniseries will join the line to bring the total number of Bat books for Oc

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First Look: ‘Batgirl’ #2 Cover by Adam Hughes [Art]

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Launched into the Internet last night was this lovely cover for Gail Simone's new Batgirl series. Identified by DC Women Kicking Ass as the Adam Hughes illustration for Batgirl #2, the image would seem to depict a Barbara Gordon younger than she presently appears as Oracle in Birds of Prey. Of course, we'll have to wait until September to see just what's what in the new series, which is doubtlessly the most controversial of DC's superhero relaunch.

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Batgirl Triumphant: The Price of Restoring DC Comics’ Disabled Heroine

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Barbara Gordon -- the original Batgirl who's been confined to a wheelchair since 1988's Batman: The Killing Joke, in which she was shot in the spine by The Joker -- will be up and running again in the wake of the forthcoming DC Comics relaunch/reboot. The news was confirmed Monday by Gail Simone, writer of DC's new Batgirl series and also the author most responsible for Barbara Gordon's activities in the last several years.

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In the Comic Book World It’s Always an Attack of the Clones

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On Wednesday Tiny Titans released a 'look-a-like' issue. In it, Zatara and Superboy switch clothing and become indistinguishable from each other. On the cover, the two characters look at each other and talk about how it's 'like looking in a mirror.' The rest of

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DC Universe: James Robinson’s Accidental Hawkman Announcement, Fans Will Vote For the Leader of the Legion [NYCC]

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Today at the New York Comic Con, DC Comics Executive Story Editor Ian Sattler joined creators J. Michael Straczynski, Paul Levitz, James Robinson, J.T. Krul Shane Davis, Gail Simone, Peter J. Tomasi, Tony Bedard, Kevin Maguire and Nick Spencer on stage for a very lively discussion regarding future DC Universe projects.

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