Saturday 3rd November was a special, wonderful day for any Northern Irish geek, as Gail Simone, acclaimed comic book writer, sacrificed two hours of her day to sign for a devoted queue of fans in Forbidden Planet, Belfast.

I was head of that queue, of course. Ms. Simone was friendly, chatty and obviously enjoyed the chance to meet some of her fans, yet somehow I still wound up blabbering like an idiot and turning a delightful shade of crimson. In a further testament to her general niceness, Gail pretended not to notice.

And, and, and, she complimented my scarf. In my head, this equates to me essentially being Batgirl. I don’t know how, but it does.

The logic of the deluded.

Despite the long queue and long day ahead, Simone was also kind enough to do my boyfriend a favour, and sign one of her graphic novels for me, with a really lovely birthday message. It was The Death Of Oracle, by the way. Just in case you were wondering. The only downside is, I’m not actually allowed it until my birthday…boo.

Anyway, the staff in Forbidden Planet dealt extremely well with the mass of impatient fans hovering around their store, and, as ever, were happy to help, talk and offer advice.

(Which was particularly useful, given I also managed some Christmas shopping, but more on that later).

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Gail Simone and her work, behold:

Click, and be magically transported to Wikipedia.

I am a huge Batgirl fan, and I have been captivated by The New 52. It is so, so good to have Barbara Gordon back, I am a huge fan of the character, and she is, and always has been, my favourite Batgirl. Gail Simone’s writing really brings the character to life, highlighting how funny, smart and resourceful she is, both in her cowl and out of it.

/fangirl rant.


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