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Kieron Gillen Talks To The People Of London Via Underground Staff With Time On Their Hands


In August, talking about the then-most recent issue of The Wicked + The Divine, writer Kieron Gillen wrote on his tumblr,

Pretty much everyone condemns internet harassment. Hell, even those part of hate mobs do so, while refusing to admit that's actually what they're doing. The sadness for Tara is obviously a big part of it, but "Oh, here is a sad thing" doesn't necessarily teach us anything other than sad thing is a sad thing.

In other words, the cautionary, critical element – we are all complicit to some degree in this culture and we should be careful about what we say and do. That's key to the book.

I've seen some people wonder whether the meta element was deliberate. Yes, it was. To be honest, WicDiv is a very difficult book to read too much into. We're nothing if over thought out.

Today, Elodie Vidal travelling the London Underground saw this.

These signs are often used to share inspirational thoughts from Underground staff with passengers, when there is no actual transport news to impart. What outstanding words of wisdom would this modern day Oscar Wilde have to impart upon learning the manner in which his work was being shared with the hoi polloi?

That's about right.

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Rich JohnstonAbout Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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