Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Jamie McKelvie hosted a panel of their own on Friday at Emerald City Comic Con, reminiscing with and ragging on one another regarding their collaborative work at Image.
These two covered a wide range of topics, including what it's been like to work together for five years, the intricate details of character inspiration, trying to write and draw music, and a ton of other really interesting stuff. There's just too much good stuff in the panel to chop it up and pull out a few quotes for an article, so here's the full audio broken down into 11 six-minute-esque segments.
Parts 0 and 1: Intro trivia, how Gillen and McKelvie met and started working together, Blue Monday
Part 2: Blending pop with magic, homaging a homage, writing terrible people, "kill your youth"
Part 3: How do you draw music?, music representing an addiction, Gillen's year in the US, Kid with a Knife is real
Part 4: The Immaterial Girl, equating soul with personality, comparing The Wicked + The Divine to Phonogram, why the books are set in different universes, matching gods with musical artists
Part 5: Describing the gods in WicDiv, "drawing the ultraviolence," fight scenes as music videos, violence vs. "violence," mapping panels to EDM beat
Part 6: Neil Gaiman's line about catching balls, Vengaboys' £120 Booms, "didn't have to worry about hair for Persephone"
Part 7: Designing 132 characters in one issue, five favorite issues from WicDiv, finishing WicDiv means "Jamie can ban me on Twitter," to truly love something is to have mixed feelings about it
Part 8: Mining teenage years in new book Die, Jamie's upcoming mystery projects
Parts 9 and 10: Q&A, how the hell do you pronounce the main villain's name?
The panel was moderated by Image Brand Manager Sean Edgar.