Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar returns to GCU

09 April 2014

Kick-Ass creator Mark Millar returns to GCU

Mark was awarded an MBE in 2013

Mark Millar is offering students and staff at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) a rare chance to get up close and personal.

He is the award-winning creator of the Kick-Ass comic book and movies, the creative consultant for 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles, is responsible for one of Marvel’s most successful series and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate by GCU for his services to film and literature in 2012.

Now the Scottish-born comic-book writer and movie producer is returning to GCU to take part in a masterclass on Tuesday, April 22, where he will take questions about his career to date.

As well as Kick-Ass, Mark has worked as an executive producer on the movie adaptation of his comic Wanted, starring Angelina Jolie. He is also overseeing upcoming Marvel movies such as X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four for 20th Century Fox.

His ten years at Marvel produced Civil War, its biggest-selling series of the 21st Century, and The Ultimates, which was credited by screen-writer Zak Penn as his inspiration for The Avengers movie and honoured by Time magazine as the comic-book of the decade.

His Millarworld company has also produced a number of other new projects, all of which are in various stages of film production. The Secret Service is released in October starring Colin Firth, Michael Caine and Samuel L Jackson. Kindergarten Heroes, his first children's book, has been bought by Fox and should be shooting by the end of this year. Likewise, Nemesis has been bought by Fox and is being written and directed by Joe Carnahan, the award-winning director of The Grey.

His Kick-Ass partner, Matthew Vaughn, is directing The Secret Service and is also producing another Millarworld book, Superior, planned for a 2016 release and, most recently, Starlight has been bought by Fox with X-Men producer Simon Kinberg attached.

In the UK, Mark is CEO of television and film company Millarworld Productions and serves as an advisor on film to the Scottish Government.

Last year, he was awarded an MBE for services to film and literature.

Romana Ramzan, lecturer in games design at GCU’s School of Engineering and Built Environment, will be hosting the event and putting the questions to Mark himself.

She said: “Mark is one of the most acclaimed and successful creatives working today. He’s had a significant and wide reaching impact on film, literature and pop culture, and we are honoured to have him deliver this masterclass.”

Mark said: “I'm delighted to be invited to talk at the University. It was an honour to receive the doctorate a couple of years back and a pleasure to be asked to come and talk to the students. One, it gives me a chance to share two decades of experience with people who are interested in storytelling and building a career in the international media. Two, it gets me out the house."

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