Over on CBR, Titan publishing have announced that CLiNT magazine – the one established by Mark Millar, which was to promote and expand his ‘Millarworld’ brand – will end with issue 2.8 this month.
Initially intended to be a counterpoint to other British magazines like 2000AD, the main selling point was Millar’s presence as a creator, with the magazine running previews of his Millarworld titles like Kick-Ass and Supercrooks. There were also strips from celebrities like comedians Frankie Boyle and Jonathan Ross.
This was one of a few attempts at running a long-running comics magazine in the UK – Bleeding Cool are still running their ongoing magazine, albeit on a slightly erratic schedule, whilst Comic Heroes seem to be going strong.
Despite a lot of fanfare (perhaps mainly from Millar himself) CLiNT seemed to visibly flame out with the relaunch. Online copetitions to find new creators for CLiNT ended with stories being bought, but never published by the magazine. Many comic stores didn’t stock the magazine, whilst it lost distribution in supermarkets shortly before relaunching as CLiNT 2.0.
And most notably, the last issue was released in May. In recent months the shipping schedule had became increasingly out of sync, and new issues were few and far between.
The magazine was published by Titan, and several of the more popular strips (such as Death Sentence) have now been moved to Titan Comics, and will be published in a more traditional American format later this year. Also of note – this follows the news that the Kapow Comic-Con, held in 2012 and heavily linked to both Millar and CLiNT, was cancelled for 2013.
For all the hype and promotion, that makes two prominent Millarworld projects which have flamed out in 2013.