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 #1On-sale September 2nd in the UKAvailable from all good retailers and specialist comic stores.
US subscriptions will be available.
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