Graphic Novel Club: Doctor Kieron Gillen unwraps DIE and the fragility of people

Brian Hibbs talks to the writer of this hit Image Comics fantasy series where swords and sorcery meet Jumanji.


The Beat is a proud sponsor of Comix Experience’s Graphic Novel of the Month Clubs, which bring comics fans a curated mix of the best of new release graphic novels and conversations with the creators who make them.  Each month, the staff of Comix Experience votes on two sets of upcoming books they are most excited—one gets presented to adults and another to middle readers. Each club provides schwag like original signed custom bookplates for adults or buttons and magnets for the kids (in this case, the former, to support the featured book, DIE).

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Most excitingly, the Graphic Novel Clubs bring in the creators of selected books to talk exclusively to GNC members in interviews conducted by Comix Experience owner Brian Hibbs, who brings 30 years of experience in comics to the table. These talks are livestreamed to members all over the country and are a fun and informative mix of conversation on craft and form, as well as on the business of making comics. The Graphic Novel Clubs make a point of being inclusive, inviting creators from a wide variety of age, race, sex, and cultural perspectives to speak to members.

Membership is what propels these conversations, so if you like what you see, please support these discussions of comics, and the creators who make them, by joining the club.

Today: Brian Hibbs sits down with Kieron Gillen, the writer and co-creator of DIE. Published by Image Comics and co-created and illustrated by Stephanie Hans, DIE tracks the adventure of a group of teenagers who find themselves trapped in the world of a fantasy RPG designed by one of their friends. They make it out alive– but at great cost. And in their middle age, they reunite and find themselves trapped in the world of the game again. Watch as Kieron Gillen discusses the epic followup series to The Wicked + The Divine, revealing the secret facets of this new, beautiful, and horrifying world.

For more video content featuring Kieron Gillen, check out our recent video where Gillen shows us how to fill out a character sheet for the DIE RPG, based off the world and story of the comic!

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  1. Loved the first arc of Die, but I’m trade waiting the second. There is no incentive to buy single issues. I was initially buying all the A covers, but Diamond only shipped Bs for the last two. In the trade, all of the covers were collected, as well as the backmatter that was in the issues. Why would I get the issues when the trade is superior?

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