Sep 1 2010 by Robert Mitchell, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Mark Millar comic
COATBRIDGE writer Mark Millar is launching a UK comic that will feature stories by TV presenter Jonathan Ross and comedian Frankie Boyle.
The new title – called Clint – will also feature the sequel to his cult title Kick-Ass which has just been turned into a film that is closing in on $100million at the worldwide box office.
After writing some of the best-selling superhero books in America, Millar is now hoping to revitalise the ailing British comics industry with some help from his showbiz pals.
He said: “I’ve worked on everything from Spider-Man comics to the Iron Man movie for Marvel in New York, but what really excites me is the gap I see in the UK market at the moment. There are absolutely no comic-books aimed at 16 to 30-year-old guys and I think Clint has potential to make an enormous impact, bringing a new type of magazine to a new generation.
“This is The Eagle for the 21st Century. I want this to be edgy and irreverent, the kind of thing guys will be passing around lunch-halls and common rooms, and there’s nobody I’d rather have creating new characters for Clint than Jonathan and Frankie. They’re both brilliant writers and will surprise a lot of people with this stuff. The last thing you’d expect from Jonathan, for example, is a vampire strip, but he pulls it off amazingly. People are going to love this.”
The new comic also includes stories from Millar. Kick-Ass 2 has been scheduled for production in 2011 for a 2012 cinema release, but fans of the first movie can find out what happens two years in advance by picking up Clint. There is a new strip called Nemesis that Top Gun director Tony Scott is turning into a movie. It’s about the world’s only super-villain and how he challenges top cops to stop his wave of terror.
The 100-page magazine will be packed with interviews and features from movies, games and television as well. The biggest names in entertainment will be featured every month and some will even be sticking around to write sci-fi, humour or horror stories after they’ve been interviewed and quizzed.
“We can’t say who else is involved at this stage,” says Millar. “Jonathan, Frankie and I will have our stories serialised over the first six months, but we have the most insane line-up of creators ready to come in and join us. You’d be amazed how many people who work in film and television want to be comic-book writers. It’s very exciting and we think we’re creating something potentially enormous here.”
The first issue hits the stands this Thursday, September 2.