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Mark Millar to launch UK monthly magazine with Kick-Ass sequel

Mark Millar

Mark Millar

After just last month teasing “something pretty damn awesome coming up,” Mark Millar this morning announced CLiNT Magazine, a new monthly venture with Titan Magazines.

The debut issue, which goes on sale in September in the United Kingdom, will feature the launch of his sequel to Kick-Ass — Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall — as well as contributions by TV presenter/comics writer Jonathan Ross (Turf) and comedian Frankie Boyle. The 100-page magazine will include interviews and features about movies, television and games, as well as four serialized comics.

“This is The Eagle for the 21st Century,” Millar said in a statement. “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 16-30 year old guys and I think CLiNT has potential to make an enormous impact, bringing a new type of magazine to a new generation.”

On his message board, Millar underscored that CLiNT is “aimed almost entirely at the UK.”

“It’s obviously massively exciting and I’ve been secretly working on it for a little while with some people I’m very excited about,” he wrote. “Some huge names coming down the pipe-line and the cream of UK journalist talent like Steve O’Brien on for features and interviews. All in all, very cool and I’ll talk about this in a little more detail closer to the time. But this is one of the reasons I’ve been spending a lot of time in London lately. I want to make this big, a cultural phenomenon and a showcase in parts for the UK talent I don’t feel has a wide platform anymore here.”

See the full press release after the break:

Jonathan Ross and Frankie Boyle comic strips feature in new monthly magazine from Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar

Comics by two of the UK’s most outspoken TV personalities and burgeoning writing talents  – Jonathan Ross and stand-up comedian Frankie Boyle – will feature in CLiNT Magazine, an exciting new joint venture between Kick Ass creator Mark Millar and Titan Magazines. Millar’s sequel to his cult comic and smash hit movie will also feature in the monthly title to form a stunning line-up of stories.

“This is The Eagle for the 21st Century,” declares Millar, whose genre-busting Kick-Ass scooped the number one movie spot in America and whose previous work includes Wanted, starring Angelina Jolie and Morgan Freeman. “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 16-30 year old guys and I think CLiNT has potential to make an enormous impact, bringing a new type of magazine to a new generation.

“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.”

Millar is also launching his sequel to the hit Kick-Ass movie in the first issue of the comic. “Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall” 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.

The 100-page magazine will be packed with interviews and features from movies, games and television as well as four serialized comic-strips. 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 serialized 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.”

Further information on who is involved can be found at twitter.com/clintmag, where future developments will be revealed on a regular basis.

CLiNT #1
On-sale September 2nd in the UK
Available from all good retailers and specialist comic stores.

US subscriptions will be available.

For future exclusive information on CLiNT, join:

http://www.twitter.com/CLiNTmag

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37 Comments

“CLiNT Magazine: because celebration of crude juvenile misogyny is SOOOO hip and edgy, yessir.”

“There are absolutely no comic-books aimed at 16-30 year old guys…” What, did 2000 AD get canceled?

This sounds a lot like what I’ve seen of Marvel’s PIZZAZZ magazine from the late ’70s. Hopefully this will be online too so I can actually read it. I never buy magazines anymore.

CLinT magazine….jeez I wonder if it’s because the word looks like CUNT?

Wow…how school-yard shocking.

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I think this sounds awesome

So will it be delayed until the next installment of Kick Ass is ready each month.

spot been so pushy duds. you say and i quate:Wraith
“CLiNT Magazine: because celebration of crude juvenile misogyny is SOOOO hip and edgy, yessir.”
Rich
i answer: YES!!. that what a good writer do, he can make a story that makes you vomit and still readit and if you dont liked, dont buy it

Man alive. It’s too bad self-promotion does not equal merit.

I’m sorry to say that this sounds like an awful idea.

I hate the contempt that so called celebrities have for the comic industry in thinking that any of them can just pick up a pen and write a comic book. Their arrogance is disgusting; in any other creative industry they’d be laughed out the door for their presumption.

I’ll be honest and say I know little of Mr Boyle’s knowledge and interest in comics but Mr Ross has proved time and again that owning a lot of comics doesn’t mean you actually understand how they work.

A title specifically focused on the UK market is a good idea but let it support genuine and committed British writers and artists, of which there are many in the UK. It’s sad that an honestly great comic writer like Mr Miller seems to pandering to his celebrity chum’s in this way rather than constructively supporting the creativity of little known or unknown talents in UK comic industry.

I wish the publishers of CLiNT (a very childish visual pun) well but I strongly doubt that I’ll be amongst their customers and I suspect that few true comic readers will be either.

“Yes, so they can have their unreadable comics adapted into unwatchable movies.”

ZING!! Couldn’t have said it better myself.

Millar,Ross, I’m not too worried about. Boyle on the other hand… can’t we just, I don’t know, make him go away? The man manages to make Millar at his absolute worst look like Oscar Wilde. He tries to be ‘edgy’ and just winds up looking like a schoolboy running around saying rude words because they make him look big.

An absolute CLiNT if ever there was.

“Millar, whose genre-busting Kick-Ass scooped the number one movie spot in America”

Is that even true?

Lawrence:

“I hate the contempt that so called celebrities have for the comic industry in thinking that any of them can just pick up a pen and write a comic book. Their arrogance is disgusting; in any other creative industry they’d be laughed out the door for their presumption.”

How else do you start writing comics? Isn’t that what everybody does, you start writing comics by just picking up a pen and writing.

If they have a bunch of unknown writers most likely nobody will buy it beyond the people who are already buying comics and the like, which makes the whole thing a bit pointless. If using big names gets people into reading comics, that’s a good thing.

Yes, Emmet, it IS true. It was a very narrow win, but “Kick-Ass” definitely did squeak by “How to Train Your Dragon” for the #1 spot here in the US.

I’m surprised that we have more talk here about the actual CLiNT magazine instead of the mini-bombshell that is the announcement of a “Kick-Ass 2″ movie. With so many naysayers out there who thought that it flopped, I think that the $72M worldwide return on a $30M investment and this announcement say otherwise.

yadayadayda, you people cry for nothing, millar name works to try to make casual readers in comic fans and the guy who´s not related to the 2000 A.D magazine of this year ( you know that i mean) but wants to read the 2000 A.D from the 1980´. in the matter of fact of the movie kick-ass, is simple math, that is what rule the world today: i movie producer give you money to make a movie, and you return twice the money i give you: thats is succes
eat it chomp

Millar wants to take revenge on 2000AD, which kicked him out after his Ultimate Spider.

DetectiveDupin

May 4, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I wonder if we’ll see the mag in America.

Oh gods, no. Not CRISIS, a.k.a. “Grown-up 200AD with a We Hate Thatcher complex” again…

right now is we hate everybody, and if i have eny power i blow the wolrd to peaces

“Hopefully this will be online too so I can actually read it. I never buy magazines anymore.”

This guy is so full of himself!

Genius Jones

May 4, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Wow, “CLiNT” huh? I laughed at those old Avengers comic panels too … when I was 14. Kudos. Mr. Millar.

And it’s not much of a bombshell for an announcement from Millar about a Kick-Ass 2 movie release. I’m actually more surprised that he isn’t saying it is a 10 picture deal starring every Oscar winning actor from the last five years. Eiter way, we’ll see what happens with it.

Mary Blackhouse

May 4, 2010 at 4:33 pm

Boyle, Ross, Millar

in the same category as things I’d pick off the sole of my shoe with a stick

James hunter

May 4, 2010 at 5:57 pm

Ugh! Yuck!

Okay maybe…. I might enjoy a second Kick ass volume (the first is no where near as good as the hype but it is Millar after all…) but Jonathan Ross on comics! The guy is not funny, not very interesting and I will never understand why anyone even watched his shows. Somehow I’m not seeing a JMS style second career here…

And come on does Millar really think he can compete with 2000AD? Hmm, Dredd, Nikoli Dante, ABC warriors, Strontium Dog, Button Man, half a hundred others, as well as John Wagner, Pat Mills, Carlos Ezquerra, Alan Grant, and just about every other great in the British Comics industry on the creative side, (not to mention Tharg the mighty who’s actually quite funny).

Then there is Clint, Kick Ass and Jonathan Ross, hmm I think I’ll stick with 2000ad and Judge Dredd Megazine.

I give this six issues, less in fact since if anyone other then WHSmith bothers to stock it I’ll be more than a little surprised.

President Kang

May 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm

Well, I guess I’m getting Kick Ass 2 in trade then (or if it shifts to ICON from Marvel eventually)

Is it me or does Millar never shut up?

Well………sorry to go against everyone but I think its a cracking idea. I’ve been reading 2000AD for years but would relish another UK mag of new material. If it doesnt work, it doesnt work, but lets give it a shot first. Theres not enough brand new on the shelf UK comic strips at the moment so i say lets get on board. So what if you dont particularly like Millar its his fame thats got this off the ground. Who knows if theres a star in the making just waiting to be published in its pages………just saying is all….

Genius Jones

May 5, 2010 at 1:59 am

@Willow616 That’s definitely a fair enough view to take on it. Any chance that there might be new good comics is always a good thing. I, and others, though do not think that the desperate and pathetic title they have chosen points to anything remotely auspicious.

“I wish the publishers of CLiNT (a very childish visual pun) well but I strongly doubt that I’ll be amongst their customers and I suspect that few true comic readers will be either.”

Isn’t that the point – to get people who don’t normally read comics to maybe read some comics?

But yes, bit of a snub in Millar’s press release to both 2000 AD and especially the Judge Dredd Megazine – a cracking UK publication that includes four new comic strips every month, plus a whole range of articles on genre movies, comics and inteviews with comics creators. But, competition is healthy for all, and just maybe CLiNT will be good, y’know?

I admit the title is cr*p hahahaha!

James Hunter

May 5, 2010 at 5:35 am

Hmm I wonder if Millars ignoring 2000ad in the hope nobody brings up his appalling run of work for them….

so does this mean we have to buy this to read Balls to the Wall?

I’ll pass and wait for the trade then

“There are absolutely no comic-books aimed at 16-30 year old VIRGINS”

There, I fixed that for you. :) It’s good to know that the five guys who actually went to see Kick-Ass will have something to read.

y’all sippin’ that hater aid up in here!

@Rob: According to Slashfilm Kickass was bought by Lionsgate for 60 Mil, so the movie needs to make basically 120 Mil worldwide to break even. They are at about half of that. I’m sure they’ll do it with DVDs and TV rights.

As for launching a magazine in the current situation it’s a very strange idea. They will have to actually make all their profits from sales because advertisement is going to be limited.

The real story here is less Mark Millar acting like comics’ Jonatton Yeah? than it is Titan going into direct competition with Rebellion’s titles.

Of course, that’s a battle people lost even when the periodical business was in better health. They better hope that they’ve got a strip that catches people’s imaginations like Tank Girl did for Deadline or they’ll just be another failed comic anthology.

Well. I applaud this idea. One of my main gripes with our international comic creators is that they seem to leave their home countries comic industry to languish. I dont mind being proven wrong.

“Millar is also launching his sequel to the hit Kick-Ass movie in the first issue of the comic. “Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall” 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.”

So basically he’s making another Kick-Ass comic but instead of being a sequel to the actual comic it’s gonna be a sequel to the movie? Say it aint so, I need a sequel to the comic. I don’t care what anyone says the movie was way to hollywood.

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