STARLIGHT charity auction for Scottish school-children

April 9, 2014

Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Goran Parlov (Punisher) are offering fans a chance to name a character in STARLIGHT, their new book from Image Comics. STARLIGHT launched last month and has been receiving rave reviews, already picked up by Fox to be fast-tracked as a big-budget picture with Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films producing. All proceeds from the auction will go to a children’s school fund Millar has established to take local children from the area in Scotland where he grew up to the theatre. Previous auctions have helped raise funds for a special-needs mini-bus, buy computers for a local school and refurbish the library in the school Millar attended from age five to eleven. He now wants to extend the fundraising to a second school, such has been the success of previous charity auctions.

Mark explained, "I grew up in Coatbridge and have great memories of the town and my days at school. I know there's not a lot of money in local government right now and this auction will help enable both schools in my old neighbourhood to take the entire school to a pantomime at Christmas. This fund will cover tickets, transport and treats for the children—school trips were a big deal to me as a little kid and I'd love to get them up and running again, which hasn’t always been possible due to cuts in local government funding."

STARLIGHT is a six-issue series from Millarworld (Wanted, Kick-Ass, Nemesis and The Secret Service) and issue #3 will debut the character featured below, the winning bidder having their name filled into the word balloon. Issue three goes off to press next week and is published in May, the character appearing in every issue for the rest of this storyline.

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Mark Millar is the award-winning writer/creator of WANTED and Kick-Ass and worked as an executive producer on their movie adaptations, WANTED starring Angelina Jolie and the Kick-Ass movies starring Nicolas Cage and Jim Carrey. He is also the Creative Consultant for 20th Century Fox in Los Angeles, working with the executives on their upcoming Marvel movies such as X-Men: Days of Future Past and Fantastic Four. His ten years at Marvel produced Civil War, their biggest-selling series of the the 21st Century, and The Ultimates, credited by screen-writer Zak Penn as his inspiration for The Avengers movie and honoured by TIME magazine as comic-book of the decade.

His Millarworld company has also produced Kick-Ass 2, Hit-Girl, The Secret Service, Nemesis, War Heroes, American Jesus, Supercrooks, and Superior. All of these books are in various stages of production as Hollywood movies, Matthew Vaughn directing The Secret Service, and Joe Carnahan directing Nemesis. In his native UK he is CEO of television and film company Millarworld Productions and serves as an advisor on film to the Scottish government. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Glasgow Caledonia University for his services to film and literature, and in 2013 he was awarded an MBE for services to film and literature.

Goran Parlov began drawing comics professionally in the early ‘90s, after moving to Italy. A decade ago he began working for the American market, wowing fans on Y: The Last Man with Brian K Vaughan and Jamie Delano’s Outlaw Nation series. But he is perhaps best known for his award-winning collaborations with Garth Ennis such as Fury MAX and The Punisher, both for Marvel Comics. STARLIGHT marks his first work with Mark Millar and his first movie deal.