Saturday, 2 July 2011
MAGAZINES: CLINT ISSUE 9
This got a mention in yesterday's Daily Mail. Unsurprisingly the tone was mock-shocked and sanctimonious when one of its journalists learned that.. Well, read it for yourself. It's reprinted without permission. Ask me if I give a fuck. I have cut gratuitous references to Frankie Boyle whose only connection was to have appeared in the magazine and is also a comedian who is 'controversial'.
Controversial comedian Jimmy Carr has written a sick magazine comic strip depicting shootings in schools.
The co-host of Channel 4's high-profile 10 'O'Clock Show will horrify the families of school shooting tragedies such as Dunblane and Columbine with his ultra-violent story.
Beat My Score is set in a world where 'successes' earn points and one crazed Japanese college student is prepared to go further than anyone else in order to claim first place in the sick game.
The manga-style images, by Japanese artist Ryusuke Hamamoto, depict teenagers shooting adults in class in explosions of blood.
The magazine, CLiNT, defends the strip as 'a nihilistic satirical sideswipe at the glamourisation of violence, tackling the difficult and disturbing effects as seen in school shootings around the world.'
Carr, the star of shows such as 8 Out of 10 Cats, is no stranger to controversy.
In October 2009 he outraged the families of maimed service personnel when he made a joke on his live tour about the number of amputations that were taking place among injured soldiers.
CLiNT magazine, which features Jimmy Carr's shocking comic strip
In a show at the Manchester Apollo he said: 'Say what you like about these servicemen amputees from Iraq and Afghanistan, but we’re going to have a ******* good paralympic team in 2012.'
Since its inception last September CLiNT magazine has deliberately sought controversial names to write for it.
In the wake of the 'Sachsgate' scandal, Jonathan Ross was asked to write a comic strip for the magazine.
CLiNT is the brainchild of Mark Millar, the man behind the graphic novel and film Kick-Ass, which caused outrage when it hit cinemas last year. One of the characters in Kick Ass is a 12-year-old girl, working as an assassin, who utters a vile sexual obscenity.
Basically the DM's report is a pile of shit. Their lack of accuracy is displayed in the sentence about Jonathan Ross (controversial? Wossy?). Sachsgate had nothing to do with it. Ross is a long-time comics fan, a fact which is widely known. He didn't write the comic strip Turf (or, more accurately comic) for the magazine which is only reprinting it. It was originally/concurrently published by an Independent comic publisher (i.e. anyone who is not DC, Marvel, Disney or Archie) in the States. Turf is about a battle between vampires, the Mafia, aliens and New Yorkers in 1920's New York.
As for Carr's story (which he didn't actually write -that was done by the artist- just plotted, i.e. the outline), I didn't find it either original or particularly noteworthy. And neither is it the first time that the comics medium has tackled the subject and it won't be the last.
The vile sexual obscenity referred to is cunts. As in, "Is that all you got, you cunts?" The cunts in question being a bunch of hired killers so it doesn't seem unreasonable to me to swear at them.
For those of you who haven't heard about Clint, the facts are as follows. The magazine was created and edited popular comics writer Mark Millar, several of whose comic series have been turned into moderately successful films causing him to be given the sobriquet of 'jammy bastard' by his peers. It reprints previously, or concurrently, published comics, which are owned by the creators, from American independent publishers (see above) because, with few exceptions, Marvel and DC own the copyright on almost everything they publish. Clint, by appearing on UK news stands, gives an opportunity for British readers to access, at a relatively cheap price, material otherwise only available and more expensively in specialist comic shops. Your humble blogger thinks this is a great idea and long may it continue.