What if you were in the midst of an exciting tabletop role-playing game and you suddenly disappeared, only to reappear two years later without a clue as to what happened?

Such breakneck fantasy and adventure should be familiar to fans of Kieron Gillen, comic book writer of The Wicked + The Divine and numerous Marvel comics. In his latest offering, Die, Volume 1, he teams up with artist Stephanie Hans to create what fans describe as “goth Jumanji,” a chilling and surprising drama that blurs the line between fantasy and reality and serves as a vivid reminder of the powerful storytelling behind comics.

Gillen will be in conversation with journalist and author, David Barnett.

About The Speaker

Kieron Gillen

Kieron Gillen is a British comic book writer and former computer game and music journalist. He is known for his creator-owned comics Phonogram and The Wicked + The Divine, both created with artist Jamie McKelvie and published by Image Comics, and for numerous projects for Marvel Comics, such as Journey into Mystery, Uncanny X-Men, and Young Avengers. His latest is work Die, Volume 1 with artist Stephanie Hans.

About The Host

David Barnett

David Barnett is an author and journalist based in West Yorkshire. His latest novel is Calling Major Tom, published by Trapeze. He writes mainly for the UK national press on books, culture and general topics, and is published regularly in the Guardian, Independent, and several magazines and online platforms.