Mark Millar is opening the door for aspiring comic book writers and artists to break into the industry and give something back.
Scottish writer Millar, whose characters have gone on to become silver screen icons on par with the heavy hitters from Marvel and DC, is opening up his entire canon for the contest.
“There seems to be a real disconnect between genuinely talented and skilled students at schools, colleges and universities getting in to the comic-book industry. I want to provide a platform to enable these creative people to showcase their talents and, most importantly, to get published and paid.
“I’ve always been very precious about letting other people do my creations, so this is quite unusual, but I really do believe that the only way we can thrive as an industry is if new talent gets a chance. Comics have been really good to me and I want to do what I can with my limited time to give budding creators a wee chance too if they’re maybe unsure where to start.”
Writers can choose between Kick-Ass, the hapless wet suit wearing high school kid turned superhero; Hit-Girl, the foul mouthed pre-teen portrayed by Chloë Grace Moretz; Eggsy, the protagonist from the super spy Kingsman series; the characters from Millar’s recent hit, Chrononauts; Starlight, a retired space hero revived for one last adventure; and the controversial American Jesus about a 12-year-old boy who is the second coming of Christ.
If you make it in, Millar will pay the starting rates for Marvel and DC creators – $90 per page for writers and $200 per page for artists. The six winning stories will be anthologized into a one-off comic whose profits will go to the Hero Initiative charity.