Irrational Interviews The Late Kieron Gillen

There's no escaping him.

Anyone remember Keiran Gillon? I’m told he used to be a writer for this site, before he upped and left to start some career writing for Whizzer & Chips or something. Well, after an age of silence his name has resurfaced, being interviewed on the Irrational Interviews podcast.

This was recorded before Kieron’s shocking announcement that he was quitting Rock, Paper, Shotgun in a drug-fuelled breakdown, but it still discusses a lot of stuff about those comickybooks with which he’s since picked up the tattered remains of his career.

There’s also discussion about the relationship between comics and games, and the role of being a creator. You know – Kieron stuff. It’s quite good.

If you’re missing him, try imagining you’re reading the words he’s saying. Me, I’m just imagining a world in which Ken Levine would want to interview me. I’m off to cry now.


  1. solipsistnation says:

    Isn’t that the chick from Doctor Who?

    …right, I’ll get my coat.

  2. stahlwerk says:

    What a sha… no let’s not do this.

  3. blah says:

    Nope, don’t recall a Keiran Gillon… :P

  4. knifethrower says:

    Oh my, I miss him already :[

  5. a.nye.123 says:

    Doesn’t ring a bell… wait, didn’t he write for PC Zone back in the ’90s?

  6. Ian says:




    Nope, nothing. You got anything else for us to work with, John?

  7. Lacero says:

    Mocking Kieron’s name and typos just isn’t the same when he’s not writing for the site :(
    I feel like we’re doing it behind his back.

  8. Auspex says:

    Itunes link for people who hate themselves:
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    Don’t know why this guy’s being interviewed though. Don’t they know comics are for little kids. Not like manly grown-up computer games. Bizarre!

  9. badvibration says:

    There there John, if i was Ken Levine i would’ve loved to interview you.

  10. Taillefer says:

    He’s just saving the best until last, John!
    *big smile*

  11. Nick says:

    Hmm.. long haired chap?

  12. Memphis-Ahn says:

    Who the fuck is this Kieron you speak of?


  13. Kast says:

    Gillen? Gillen… hmm. Oh, yes, I remember! Elderly chap, pointy hat? Not seen him in sixth months.

  14. The_B says:

    24 years been waitin’ for a chance,
    To tell them how I feel and maybe get a second glance,
    But I’ve got to get used to not,
    Living next door to Kieron.

    All together now…

  15. the wiseass says:

    You swine kicked Kieron from the about page! Why?!
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    I demand he be added again in order to honour his memories.

  16. JohnnyMaverik says:

    Ken Levine and Kieron Gil…*runs away to cry some more*

  17. Oak says:

    Irrational Thumbs?

    • Man Raised By Puffins says:

      Or Irrational Games for Windows Radio when Shawn Elliot is on.

  18. somnolentsurfer says:

    I’m sure you could get Ragnar Tornquist to interview you. Would that be any consolation?

  19. Spacewalk says:

    Level with us, it’s really just John wearing a wig isn’t it.

  20. Byth says:

    No, he’s one of the guys from Quinn’s Dwarf Fortress playthrough, remember?

  21. panther says:

    Karen who?

  22. Philipp says:

    What the !?!?! The main host sounds creepy, has 2 litres of water in his mouth, and makes the whole thing sound like Kierawn is dating a rapist.

  23. Brumisator says:

    Game developers interviewing an (ex-)journalist… The world is a strange place.

  24. Ginger Yellow says:

    Game devs interviewing journos? That’s unpossible! You guys will have to get ex-journo Gillen to interview ex-journo Shawn Elliot to right the balance.

  25. TheApologist says:

    Dr Who just isn’t the same these days

  26. terry says:

    Ken Levine’s eyes are staring into my soul through my ears.

  27. Radiant says:

    Awkward “WOMAN CONTROL YOURSELF” moment 10 minutes in.

  28. Jimbo says:

    I’m imagining a world in which Ken Barlow would interview you.

  29. Talorc says:

    Whizzer and Chips is an awesome comic, glad to hear it is coming back. Will this Gollen bloke be working for Whizzer or Chips though? Hopefully he can get the characterisation of Sid, Slippy snake and shiner right.

    • Stu says:

      I would also like to know whether the late Mr Gillen is a Whizz-kid or a Chip-ite.

    • Stu says:

      Oops, typo; that should of course be “the late Mr Gillian”. Apologies for getting his name wrong.

  30. a says:

    Stupid Kieron Gillen. I never liked his games journalism anyway! ;_;

  31. The Dark One says:

    I think the most interesting part of the interview was about Kieron’s (lack of) faith and how that impacted on his work ethic.