Graphic Details Regarding Mark Millar’s CLiNT

Sorry. 

Right, so Mark Millar's launching a new UK magazine called CLiNT. The paper stock was specifically engineered to produce the stickiest spitballs possible. The arts and entertainment magazine will feature interviews with artists and celebrities from all forms of media, from comics to television, movies and video games. Each issue will also feature four serialized comic installments from Millar as well as a few friends like Jonathan Ross (Turf) and comedian Frankie Boyle.

Millar will also debut Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall in the pages of the magazine, promising to deliver the full comic adventure before the movie adaptation hits in 2012.

Here's what Millar has to say about the venture:

“This is The Eagle for the 21st Century. 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[.]"

With all the momentum Millar has made with Marvel comics as well as the movie industry, it's interesting to see this investment in a new periodical. While many are scampering across the ropes and away from the sinking ship that is print media, Millar is trying to seize on what he sees as an untapped demographic. At least in terms of demestic comics on his home turf. I admit to knowing very little about the British comics scene itself, but I do know that there's no shortage of geek magazines aimed at the same 16-30 he's talking about. Those are the over-sized sci-fi mags in American book retailers with the stickers and the inflated price points.

When more and more people are getting their comics news fix on dedicated websites, one wonders whether there's a real market for CLiNT. That said, the movie industry cache and over the top attitude behind Mark Millar might make for a good brand. He could very well have a Mark Ecko-lite empire on his hands. Is it a 2000 AD for the masses? We'll have to wait and see.

CLiNT #1 hits UK spinner racks on 2nd September. It will ultimately become available for US subscription. Naturally, you can also follow them on Twitter.

Comments

  1. I read this as "Graphic Details Regarding Mark Millars Clit" and was like wha

     

    This is much better though.

  2. That’s close to the word he’s trying to make it resemble.

  3. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Is it much better? Is it? 

    Well, according to the Twitter account it looks like they’re encouraging new creators to submit work. Whether they’ll become a real showcase for new talent remains to be seen.  

  4. First thing I thought was clit. Second thing I thought was Millar writing a Hawkeye book? Third thing I thought of was how Bret Michaels is doing.

  5. No. Sorry I have no desire to pick this up. Might be a great launching pad for new talent, but I’ll sit this one out.

    Although it is a bit weird to start this in the UK. Why not make this in the US?

  6. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    @TNC – He answers that question in the quote. 

  7. would love to see a preview or something. Sound promising. UK Magazines tend to cost a lot in the states though =(

  8. Sounds interesting, I think I’ll check it out. As lukewarm as I often am with Millar’s work, I appreciate his effort to try something different, and perhaps broaden the comics audience.

  9. Why not just capitalize the "i" and get it over with?

  10. @Paul: Ah I see it now. Is there a gap in the UK though?

  11. Paul Montgomery (@fuzzytypewriter) says:

    Let me go over and check. 

  12. off the top of my head, in u.k. the only comic strip based magazines we have are 2000AD (sci-fi) and Viz (adult humour). as far as i’m aware, there isn’t a publication like the aforementioned one available over here? sounds intriguing, to say the least, quite looking forward to this!

  13. But really? Kick-Ass 2:Balls to the Wall? What’s the next one going to be? Kick-Ass 3: Whoop There It Is? Kick-Ass 3: Ready To Rumble?

  14. @Paul: Should I wire you some money for the trip? 🙂

    @thepowerout: Thank you for that. I was just thinking of 2000AD so yeah….there is room for a magazine like this.

  15. i now demand that Kick-Ass 3 be called Whoop There It Is

  16. Hmmm…can I sue for copyright infringement???

  17. I second the :Kick Ass 3: Whoop, There It Is" motion. All those in favor?

  18. Oh. He’s trying to make it look like cunt.

  19. Just wanted to bump the last comment off the front page.

    I really hate that word … guess that means I’m not as cool as Mark Millar.

  20. This seems interesting, sounds a lot like Look-In which I grew up on, but naughty! Wonder if Millar’s been reading the same 80s issues of Avengers as me recently-didn’t I hear about some kind’ve writing guideline that meant those letters should never appear together? Anyway, yes, Hawkeye’s the bad C word.

  21. With 200ad and the Judge Dredd Megazine dropping and dropping over the past decade I really think we’ll only see a dozen or so issues of this before it fails. Pity.

  22. I frankly don’t see a problem with the name and think it’s probably the best name I’ve ever heard.

  23. im from the uk and im planning on picking it up it sounds good to me also  Frankie Boyle is one of the funniest comdians i know of so thats another reason

  24. I recently read Frankie Boyle’s (hilarious) autobiography and was surprised to discover that he’s a massive comics fan. So this should be amazing; I cannot wait.

    On another note: Although I find Millar a great writer, I was one of the few accusing him of "selling out" to the mainstream media. Consider me shut up.

  25. Well that’s pretty cool, along with this and Dodgem Logic, it seems we’re getting some interesting magazines from the European writers. 

  26. Timmy Wood (@TimmyWood) says:

    I am curious about this only if they are serious about showcasing new talent. In fact I kind of care less about Movie and Tv news stuff. I have plenty of websites that do that for me already.

  27. Im from the UK and I cant help but feeling this sounds like Millar and his various celeb pals mucking about to see who can do the most ‘shocking’ comic strip. And the name is pretty moronic

    That said, they’ll win me over if:

    1. It brings in a load of new UK comic readers  (Chances are this will sit next to 200AD, JD Megazine and a shedload of Marvel/DC reprints on the stands so there could be a knock-on effect)

    2. Underneath all the hype and celebrity they do genuinely nurture new British writing and art talent