Trivia / Gail Simone

  • Big Name Fan: Oddly recursive with Atop the Fourth Wall.
  • Heartwarming Moments: Broadly, any time she stops to praise another creator, especially Kelly Sue De Connick (more or less her Marvel equivalent) or a newer writer like Marguerite Bennett. Specifically, there's a cute bit on Twitter where she shares an anecdote about the first time she met Kelly Sue DeConnick in person. DeConnick had her young daughter with her, dressed up as Wonder Woman. Simone complimented her on her costume, but the little girl was disappointed in it, claiming "I don't have THE THINGS!" and bared her wrists— she didn't have Wonder Woman's bullet-blocking bracelets. DeConnick jumped in to tell Simone how great she was with her kid and to say that, for months afterward, every time Simone went to a convention, she tried to find Wonder Woman bracelets that would fit a preschooler.
  • Never Live It Down: She's the face of the anti-fridging movement on the internet, formed primarily in response to the pointless murder of Green Lantern Kyle Rayner's love interest for drama. And then Simone had something of a Funny Aneurysm moment when she openly declared she was glad Brian Michael Bendis had killed off The Wasp.
  • OOC Is Serious Business: Gail Simone is incredibly hospitable and is usually never one to bash any comic or author no matter how bad fan reaction is. However, she has gone on record saying that she could not defend the ''Titans: Villains For Hire'' issue where Ryan Choi was brutally killed off, stating it to be one of the worst comics she ever read.
  • One of Us: Outside of the obvious, she's tweeted about her experiences playing Dead or Alive on her 3DS.
  • Promoted Fangirl: She started out as a hairdresser who just liked comics.
  • 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!
    • DC also rejected a pitch for a Shazam family comic that would be written by her, Mark Waid, and Grant Morrison.
    • She wrote the episode "Double Date" for Justice League Unlimited. It was originally going to be about Barbara Gordon getting injured when working on a case, so she calls Black Canary and Huntress to solve it for her. Gail also wanted to write an episode with the Queen of Fables as the villain.
  • Writer Revolt: Flat-out refused to do some part of the Death of the Family storyline and was fired for it. DC re-hired her after the backlash, but one assumes someone else will be writing those issues...

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