About Kiel

Hey there. I’m Kiel Phegley, and somehow you’ve stumbled upon my personal website. That’s fantastic!

I make my living as a writer. Specifically, I’ve spent the past six years or so working as a journalist in the field of comic books and graphic novels. Currently, I serve as News Editor for ComicBookResources.com – the #1 news site of the comics industry. I also worked for three years as a staff writer for industry leader Wizard Magazine, and my interviews, reviews, copywriting and creative work have been published by Publishers Weekly, Marvel Magazines, MTV Blogs and many other print and web outlets.

Meanwhile, I’m also currently in pursuit of a Masters of Fine Arts in Writing For Children And Young Adults at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN.

During my years as a journalist, I’ve amassed a wealth of experience in live news reporting, feature writing, content editing and performing live on-camera hosting/reporting from major events including San Diego Comic-Con. I’ve conduced interviews with comic and pop culture luminaries including writers Stan Lee, Alan Moore and Grant Morrison, cartoonists Alison Bechdel and Art Spiegelman, director Kevin Smith, actor Nicholas Cage, director Zack Snyder, “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof and “South Park” co-creator Trey Parker.

I’ve also done scads of writing on kids comics and children’s literature. My interviews subject include “Diary of A Wimpy Kid” cartoonist Jeff Kinney, Archie cartoonist Dan Parent, “Supergirl” writer Landry Walker, Marvel Comics Senior Editor Steve Wacker and many more kid-friendly creator. As a member of the group blog The Cool Kids Table, I’ve written about everything from the modern kids comic magazine to Wonder Woman’s lack of girl-friendly stories to my personal experience at the intersection of kids books and comic creation.

Eventually when this site is fully built, it will host news, interviews and reviews (or as I like to call them “the three ews”) about children’s liturature from novels and comics to film and television. Thanks for being radical.

One Thought on “About Kiel

  1. Hey Kiel. I apologize for posting this as a comment, but I had no way of reaching you. We met briefly as I attended your press panel at Wondercon.

    I’m an Indie creator and writer, and I am trying to get to the next level. One of the things that I am focusing on is enhanced visibility, and building my personal brand. To that end, I’d like to participate in more panels at conventions. A good friend of mine has a standing panel at just about every local convention. It’s called Full-Time Creative Work on a Part-Time Schedule and they have done this panel for years at SDCC, WonderCon, and at last year’s Comikaze Expo. This year they’re doing the Long Beach Comic Expo (LBCE) and and Long Beach Comic Con (LBCC) as well. I would like to do something similar.

    I started putting together a team for a panel that I call “From Conception to Completion: A Self-Publishing Symposium.” One of the people that I contacted to be a part of this panel was Josh Henaman. He mentioned that he had just done a similar panel at WonderCon. I contacted Sam and asked if this panel is a regular, recurring thing and he said, “The panel at Wondercon was organized by Kiel Phegley, and I believe he is planning to do it again at other shows, check in with him.”

    So, do you plan to do this panel at other conventions, or was it just a one-time thing? If it is recurring, there likely isn’t any room for my panel. Perhaps we could join forces? Please let me know your thoughts.

    Chris Dickens
    chris@vigilanteproject.com

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