One of the few well known female comic book writers in existence. Gail Simone (born July 29, 1974) 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, 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.
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)
- Leaving Megalopolis
Simone's body of work embodies these tropes:
- Big Name Fan: Oddly recursive with Atop the Fourth Wall.
- Exactly What It Says on the Tin: As she frequenty reminds people, King Shark is a shark.
- 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.
- One of Us: Outside of the obvious, she's tweeted about her experiences playing Dead or Alive on her 3DS. And talked about playing The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Gail Simone doesn't often criticize other writers' work. 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.
- Promoted Fangirl: She started out as a hairdresser who just liked comics 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.
- 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...