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The Wicked + The Divine: The Entire Creative Team Talks Story, Art, Design, Color, Letters + Music [Interview]

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The creative team of Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie first made their mark with the 2006 Image Comics release Phonogram: Rue Britannia, a thrilling and thoughtful story about magic, music, modern sorcery, and how the records we listen to affect our lives and identities. The series combined cultural touchstones and urban fantasy trappings in a way that captured the imagination of critics and readers, and its success ultimately led to Gillen and McKelvie becoming separately and together some of comics' most fan-favorite creators on books like Journey Into Mystery, X-Men Season One, Suburban Glamour, a second series of Phonogram, and their rmuch-lauded collaboration on the recently concluded reinvention of Young Avengers.

This week, they're releasing the debut issue of their latest (and most ambitious) project: The Wicked + The Divine, an ongoing series from Image that blends together many of their favorite subjects: youthful reinvention, manifest deities, supernatural superpowers, and, of course, the transformative power of pop music. The first issue is both intriguing and exhilarating, depicting the adventure of a superfan as she rubs elbows with ancient gods who return every ninety years, this time in the form of gorgeous young people who become 21st century celebrities. At once sublimely understated and action-packed, the first issue grabs you instantly and leaves you anxious to read more.

ComicsAlliance connected with the entire W+D creative team of Gillen and McKelvie; designer Hannah Donovan; letterer Clayton Cowles; and colo(u)rist Matt Wilson for an in-depth conversation about the story they're telling, their collaborative process, and the artistic and cultural inspirations for the series. Along the way, we're revealing some previously unseen behind-the-scenes materials and an exclusive previews of The Wicked + The Divine #2.

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Exclusive: Gillen & McKelvie Announce New Image Series, ‘The Wicked & The Divine’ [Interview]

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Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have just completed a successful year-long 15-issue run on Young Avengers. The widespread expectation was that their next collaboration would be "The Immaterial Girl," the already announced third volume of their music-is-magic series Phonogram. It turns out they had a surprise up their sleeve.

Live on stage at Image Expo in San Francisco, publisher Eric Stephenson just announced a new ongoing Image series from Gillen and McKelvie titled The Wicked & The Divine. This is a story about gods, teenagers, life, death, and David Bowie. We spoke exclusively to Kieron Gillen to find out more.

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Kieron Gillen On ‘Young Avengers’: ‘It’s My Teenage Symphony To God’ [NYCC 2012]

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This January, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie are set to relaunch Marvel's Young Avengers, blending established characters from the original Allan Heinberg/Jim Cheung run with a few new faces and a direction featuring battles that Gillen has described as "superheroes clubbing."

It represents an interesting

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‘Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl’ Delayed Well Into 2013 :(

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In what writer Kieron Gillen very accurately described as "bad news," his and artist Jamie McKelvie's much anticipated (by us especially) return to their urban fantasy series Phonogram has been delayed until next year. Subtitled The Immaterial Girl, the new miniseries was meant to debut before

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Gillen & McKelvie’s ‘Phonogram: The Singles Club’ Available Digitally

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In advance of the Image Comics series' much anticipated return later this year, Phonogram: The Singles Club has finally manifested on the mighty comiXology digital comic book service. The sequel to the Britpop-inspired, black-and-white indie opus Rue Britannia, Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie's full-colo(u)r Singles Club

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Gillen & McKelvie Reunite for ‘Phonogram: The Immaterial Girl’ in 2012

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Image Comics' Publisher Eric Stephenson confirmed tonight that Phonogram, the cult favorite series created by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie, is returning for a third installment in 2012. Featuring color work by Matt Wilson, Phonogram:

‘Phonogram’ Creators Gillen & McKelvie Tease New Comic

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Just in advance of this weekend's Image Comics Expo in Oakland, California, the creators of the cult classic modern fantasy series Phonogram have dropped a tantalizing teaser that strongly suggests a return to their universe of memory kingdoms and phonomancers and where music is magic. Alternatively, the teaser could herald something completely different, but Kieron Gillen and Jamie McK

Jamie McKelvie’s Art Brut Album Cover with Exclusive Kieron Gillen Commentary

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British punk outfit Art Brut have a new album coming out in May that's called Brilliant! Tragic! Frequently hilarious frontman Eddie Argos is a known comic book sympathizer, having provided a cover quote for the collected edition of Phonogram: The Singles Club, a favorite of hopelessly obsessive music fans and ComicsAlliance staffers alike. As such, it only made sense that Argos commission Phonogram drawer Jamie McKelvie to creat

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The 5 Image Comics You Need to Buy on the iPad (And the 4 They Need To Offer)

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Today, Image Comics became the latest publisher to launch their own branded iPad app, which, much like the Marvel, DC, Boom! Studios and Scott Pilgrim apps, is powered by comiXology. There have been Image books available through comiXology before, including must-have titles like "Chew" and huge runs of both "Invincible" and

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Kieron Gillen on The Road to ‘Generation Hope’ [Interview]

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Most readers of this site, I'd guess, are familiar with "Thor" and "S.W.O.R.D." scribe Kieron Gillen -- and if you aren't, you should be. Ever since his breakout cult hit "Phonogram", he's been writing all kinds of comics from cosmic planet-pounders to old-school scrapbook fanzine love letters. We caught up with Gillen on the cusp of his major new X-title to t

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