Creator / Gail Simone

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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 phrase '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. She now has her own website at gailsimone.net.

In 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 enjoyed 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 a new Secret Six series, Clean Room for Vertigo and Leaving Megalopolis for Dark Horse.

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Simone's body of work embodies these tropes:

  • 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.
  • Promoted Fangirl: invoked 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.

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