Kieron Gillen, the co-creator of Phonogram and Die, and sole creator of many a terrible pun on Twitter, is set to receive an honorary degree from Staffordshire University next month. The university lists Gillen among a group of seven honorees, all of whom hail from Stafford, who will receive the school’s highest honor.
Gillen will be awarded a Doctor of Arts degree during a ceremony on July 10th, which also happens to be the release date for the penultimate issue of he and artist Jamie McKelvie’s The Wicked + The Divine. The writer will deliver a speech to the university’s graduating class, and, apparently, get to wear a fancy hat.
McKelvie, Gillen’s most frequent collaborator, took to Twitter to celebrate—and lament—the news:
Dr Gillen, though. He's gonna be insufferable.
— Jamie McKelvie (@McKelvie) June 6, 2019
Originally a music journalist before writing comics full-time, Kieron Gillen has had another big hit on his hands with Die, the RPG-based Image Comics series he created with artist Stephanie Hans. The writer has also developed a cult following for his work with McKelvie, including the aforementioned Phonogram and WicDiv, as well as a brief run on Young Avengers for Marvel, a series which won a 2014 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book.
Header photo by Emi Lenox, from Gillen’s Tumblr page.