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:

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.


  1. Well deserved! He’s been doing some of the best work in comics for quite a while. I quite liked his X-Men run and his Journey into Mystery was criminally underrated, in addition to his more celebrated work. I hope he stays in the medium for a while.

  2. he’s a terrible writer who’s work has only gotten recognition because of who he knows,
    (yes, he’s I believe he’s well-connected. There are very few people who do not come from well-to-do backgrounds who have become critical darlings in the last 20 years.)
    and because his creator-owned work is promoted as being LGBT positive.
    Saying that he has a cult following is a nice way of saying that no really reads his work or even knows who the hell he is but somehow—he gets an honorary doctorate and and gets to give a speech to a bunch of people who probably don’t know who he is.

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