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Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Mark Millar's Kick-Ass New Comic

Mark Millar has announced that he is editing a new British comic to be called CLiNT Magazine which launches on September 2nd. The 100-page monthly will feature the sequel to Millar's hugely popular Kick-Ass, Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, as well as contributions from Jonathan Ross and Frankie Boyle. Millar is describing the new venture as "The Eagle for the 21st century," and says, "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 is absolutely no comic-books aimed at 16-30-year-old guys and I think CLiNT has potential to make an enormous impact, bringing a new type of magazine to a new generation."

The magazine will be filled with interviews and features from movies, games and television as well as four serialised comic strips.

"We can't say who else is involved at this stage. 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 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."

Describing the planned content, Millar says, "I want this to be edgy and irreverent, the kind of thing guys will be passing around the 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 only other contributor Millar has named is journalist Steve O'Brien (presumably the Steve O'Brien who has written for SFX).

CLiNT will be distributed by Titan—on his Millarworld forum, Millar has said "I've formed a business with Titan" implying that it may not be a regular Titan Magazines title, although I could be reading more into the statement than is intended—and will be available through newsagents and bookstores in the UK, although Millar has said that some copies will be available in the USA.

The title, incidentally, may refer to the long-standing tradition in UK comics to avoid calling characters Clint or Flick because, when lettered in capitals, they can sometimes look like four-letter words.

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