Creator: Gail Simone
One of the few well known female comic book writers in existence. Simone has written multiple books, mostly for DC Comics (including Birds of Prey, The All-New Atom, and Wonder Woman), though she also had a famous run on Marvel's Deadpool. She is the one charged with coining the infamous term Women in Refrigerators, and has an entire website dedicated to such instances.Gail is known for being unfailingly polite and friendly to her fellow creators (going as far as to say Amazons Attack has good points and defending the artwork of Rob Liefeld when they did a Teen Titans arc together), and interacting a lot with the Internet fandom. She visits and debates with members of scans_daily, has founded the Wonder Woman section on the CBR boards and hangs around Comic Bloc as well. She used to be found on the You'll All Be Sorry! forum on Comic Book Resources, named for a satiric column on comics she used to write before working for mainstream comics. Now she has a board on Brian Michael Bendis' Jinxworld ForumsIn 2010, she finished Secret Six and concluded a second run on Birds of Prey, which she started writing after her years on Wonder Woman. Most recently, she's been enjoying a long run on the New 52 Batgirl and a somewhat shorter run co-writing The Fury of Firestorm with Ethan Van Sciver. When she was fired from the former (via e-mail, no less) the Internet Backdraft resulted in her quickly being put back on the book. She is currently working on three other series: The Movement for DC, and, as she is no longer DC exclusive, Red Sonja for Dynamite Entertainment and Tomb Raider for Dark Horse Comics.
Comics written by her:
- Killer Princesses
- Agent X
- Rose and Thorn
- Action Comics
- Villains United
- Secret Six
- Birds of Prey
- Welcome to Tranquility
- The All-New Atom
- Wonder Woman
- The Movement
- Red Sonja
- Legends of Red Sonja
- Tomb Raider (the comics tying in between the 2013 reboot and its sequel)
Gail embodies these tropes:
- Cloudcuckoolander: It happens, especially on her Twitter.
- Deadpan Snarker: See most of her comments on the internet, as well as her writing.
- Fiery Redhead
- Girls Have Cooties: A regular victim to executives who believe in this trope. Her being fired by e-mail from Batgirl stands as the crowning example.
- Insult Backfire: Often responds to people calling her a Feminazi by joking about how much of a Feminazi she is.
- Most Writers Are Male: Initially, she was the only woman working on the 2011 DC reboot (out of 52 creative teams). The second wave added three more: one writer and two artists.
- The Knights Who Say Squee: To some extent, with Bryan Q Miller: Both are big fans of each other; Birds of Prey was a title Miller was clearly a fan of and followed a lot (including working in plot points of the series into his own) while Miller's writing as what completely flipped Simone's opinion on Stephanie Brown, and now the two are reportedly good friends.
- Promoted Fangirl: Gail started off as a fan of comics who made a site, before getting a job writing Simpsons comics. Then Marvel hired her to write the last storyline for the Deadpool comic and the opening arc of Agent X, before jumping ship to DC and writing many of their comics. Now she's one of their biggest name writers, and probably the main reason for the current Batgirl series to sell so well despite some critical backlash.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: with Dan Slott and Chuck Dixon.
- What Could Have Been: Twice she's had a pitch which would have pleased a large number of fans. Firstly, she wanted to bring Cassandra Cain into Birds of Prey with a story that would transform her into a Christian, citing the fact that while an atheist herself she feels religion is misrepresented in comics. Secondly, she pitched a new book for the New 52 which involved Stephanie Brown and a handful of other missing female characters and form a team and would be co-written by Bryan Q Miller. Both were unable to come to pass due to some issues involving both Cass and Steph.
- She had several scripts written that were scrapped when she was briefly fired from Batgirl, and her concept for the "Zero Year" crossover issue of Batgirl was "cool," but DC wanted someone else to write it. But the crossover isn't editorially mandated— the writers of the various books all expressed interest!