iambatshitinsane asked: I disagree with your opinion on the X-Men bigotry. In real life you really don't see hate groups like the KKK accepting some African Americans, or Nazis accepting some jews. They view everyone belonging to a different race, religion, etc as the enemies. I think that in the Marvel Universe, if some bigots hate Jean Grey because she's telekenetic, or Colossus because he has metal skin, I would think that they would hate The Thing or the Invisible Woman, especially since she had a child with powers
I would say you missed my point, then.
I don’t know how, though, it’s very simple. Most Marvel heroes are created, mutants are born different. It seems pretty straightforward to me.
Anonymous asked: When writing a pitch for a comic series, how detailed should it be? I'm working on a series that I hope to pitch to one of the only publishers that accept unsolicited pitches and scripts. Their website requests 2-5 pages (no problem), but it also says they want beginning, middle and end. If you're pitching an ongoing, shouldn't the first 6 issue arc summary be enough?
Wooh, boy, this is a topic I can’t fully answer right now. But remember your journalism from high school. Be sure to get WHAT WHO WHEN WHERE AND HOW in there in simple and punchy language. Make it succinct, but entertaining. THIS IS A JOB INTERVIEW SO POLISH YOUR SHOES AND WEAR A TIE by making it tight, clever, fast-paced and intriguing. Do NOT assume they know anything about your concept.
Anonymous asked: Did you have any input on the new Secret Six that's coming in Futures End in July?
Nope, first I heard of it was this morning.
Anonymous asked: One thing that bugged me about the 'X-men symbolizes bigotry' thing is that it isn't really that accurate. In the comics, there exists multiple groups such as the brotherhood of evil mutants who go out of their way to plot the destruction of humankind and establish their own superiority. There isn't anything even remotely like that in the real world.
I am not entirely sure I agree with that.
But I will say my problem with it has always been that I feel some of the X-men message is a little muddled because it took ages and ages for the book to have a member that wasn’t straight AND white.
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Anonymous asked: Weighing in on the X-bigotry: That it exists totally makes sense. But the quantity of bigots in the Marvel Universe has never made sense to me. It's 2014 and still, everywhere the X-Men go there's always people, usually crowds, openly shouting slurs at them. New York, Rome, Washington, people calling them "muties" in public. Maybe I'm being naive, but I just don't think that prejudice on that scale makes sense in 2014.
Are you kidding?
You don’t think modern people use slurs?
Do you read the news?
Anonymous asked: Hi miss Simone! With Stephanie Brown coming back, do you have any plans to use her in Batgirl alongside Barbara? It'd be so cool to see the New 52 version of their old relationship
I do hope that happens…we will see!
vivvav asked: How exactly does pitching work? You say they asked you to write She-Hulk. Does that mean they have to reach out to you for a pitch for a series, or can you just kind of come up with something, submit it to editors, and hope they like it?
If you are a ‘name,’ generally they want you for a title and let you know that. The ‘pitch’ is just to make sure you have a plan and direction they are okay with going in, but it’s still pretty much already decided.
There are other, less fun situations. Cattle call pitches are also common, where they will ask for pitches from many writers when they don’t have a specific choice in mind. Whichever is best is the one they choose, hopefully.
Sometimes a pro will want to do a book and submit a pitch on the hope that it might fit the publishing plans, but usually, the title starts with the publisher.
oddchelonian asked: Who would win an arm wrestle between She-Hulk and Wonder Woman?
I’m sorry, Shulkie. It’s Diana in a walk.
I mean, come on. WONDER WOMAN.
One of the writers of THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE just told me that he had a little Gail Simone in his head when he was writing quests.
His wife is a big Birds of Prey fan, and that got him reading my stuff and he became a fan, and reading my tumblr and twitter posts made him want to ensure diversity and inclusion in the game quests he was responsible for.
Does this make my day?
Why yes, yes it does. :)
Now I want to play it even more!
avenger-dave asked: What would be your pitch for a She-Hulk book? Jen is definitely one of the next Marvel characters you should write.
I was in fact asked to do the new She-Hulk book but it was extremely short notice and I could not work it in, in time, darn it. So I don’t have a pitch for it.
Charles was the right guy to do the book, with his background as a lawyer.
dungeonmaster11 asked: Right. Like, Cap was GIVEN his powers through a super-serum, and Reed, Sue, Johnny, and Ben were normal homo sapiens UNTIL they got a good dose of space radiation, and the same goes for other heroes like Ms. Marvel. The mutants were NEVER 'normal'. From their conception, they were 'different', and thus that makes it SO much easier for bigots in the MU to demonize and dehumanize them.
That’s my thinking.
In the X-universe, people are not usually terrified of mutants (well, barring the really scary-looking ones) until they are identified as mutants.
I think that still holds up well with people who ‘pass’ as white or straight or cis or whatever. People are fine with them until they are identified differently.
Which is what makes it so sad.