Kieron Gillen leaves games journalism

Thursday, 30th September 2010 15:44 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Rock Paper Shotgun writer Kieron Gillen has announced he’s left full-time games journalism after 15 years.

Gillen went freelance in 2003 after leaving PC Gamer, and has gone on to become an exclusive writer of comics at Marvel. He did, however, co-find RPS in 2007 along with Alec Meer, Jim Rossignol and John Walker.

RPS was his last full-time job as a journalist.

“These fifteen years have been a pleasure,” said Gillen in his departing post on RPS.

“This hasn’t been a sudden thing. With the contract signed [with Marvel] I felt it important to give my full, undivided and primary attention to the comic-writing.

“While I’m not on the regular staff I’ll remain a director of RPS, so be involved in shaping the site’s future. More importantly, I remain a gamer whose main response the medium is going on big rants. When I decide I want to write ten thousand words on an indie strategy game no-one else gives a toss about, there’s not a power in the world that can stop me.”

Good luck, chap. And happy birthday as well.



  1. fear_itself

    He’s too cool for school for now. ;)

    Seriously, good luck with the comics.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Aimless

    Not surprising given the success of the new Doctor Who.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. spiderLAW


    Anyways….Best of Luck to the guy!

    #3 4 years ago
  4. Joe Anderson

    Good Luck and Happy Birthday :)

    #4 4 years ago
  5. absolutezero


    This is what its come to. The man that spearheaded the current trend of NSJ in games journalism has left.

    Can’t say im all that sad to be honest. Have fun with comics and try and not drain all the joy and fun out of them by writing meta narrative exposes about why people like to look at pictures along with words or something equally stupid.

    Also try and not explode with rage over female superheros wearing leotards.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. dirigiblebill

    Good luck mate. You’re an inspiration.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Debabrata Nath

    Well played man…

    You will be missed :(

    #7 4 years ago
  8. DSB

    @5 Indeed. Big whoop.

    John Walker aside, Rock, Paper, Shotgun is usually a good read if you can filter out the horrible attempts at cleverness and “profound” editorials.

    I don’t see why “games journalism” (which has a real shortage of actual journalists) should ever be about the writers more than the story itself.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. Stardog

    What the hell does NSJ stand for?

    #9 4 years ago
  10. LOLshock94

    fuck u hope u die

    #10 4 years ago
  11. TerryWogan


    #11 4 years ago
  12. absolutezero

    NSJ = New School Journalism.

    John and Jim are the reasons I read RPS, if they just somehow bought Tom Francis it would be the best games site in all the Universe.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. dirigiblebill

    John Walker’s send-off is touching :p

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Old MacDonald

    Rock Paper Shotgun is the best gaming site on the web, by a wide margin. It’ll be a bit less fun now, but on the other hand Quintin Smith (Gillen’s replacement) seems just as talented. Just check his Minecraft diary.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. deanimate

    I love popping in on RPS to read some interesting word creations and hope it will only go from strength to double horse power strength. John Walker has to be my favourite because in all probability he is a cat with a magical tail.

    Hopefully Kieron leaving as a full time member won’t ruin the site. Hopefully Walker will get a cat girlfriend. Hopefully….hopefully..

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Gheritt White

    Tip top bloke and deserving of every success – gaming’s loss is comics’ gain.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. ShiroGamer

    oh, I will miss my sunday papers :(

    #17 4 years ago

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