Remember how Mark Millar was looking for comic scribes and artists for an upcoming project? Well, Millar's divulged its name - the comic magazine CLiNT - and Kick Ass 2 (starring the supervillain The Motherfucker) will debut in it. Charming.
What do we know about CLiNT, besides the fact that its title is sure to inspire many a bout of passing-glance outrage and titterings from anyone under 16? It's 100 pages, will contain features in addition to comics, and will see contributions from such folks as Jonathan Ross and Frankie Boyle. Here's the press release:
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.
I'm not particularly fazed by the title (after all, sweary words are kind of Millar's wheelhouse nowadays), but I'm a little bit leery of the "16-30 year old guys" demographic line, as a ton of comic readers fall into that group already. Sure, the ubermenschen and their fancy leotards have cornered most of the market, but there's no shortage of writers producing mature, non-cape work. The project sounds fun in a 2000 AD kind of way, but I'm hoping CLiNT isn't trying to be the "Maxim of Comics" or some dross. In any case, CliNT debuts September 2 in the UK, and "US subscriptions will be available."
[via Robot 6]