Adapted from the comic book phenomenon by Mark Millar (Wanted) and John Romita Jr. (Amazing Spider-Man), comes KICK-ASS, the fierce and frenetic new live action movie from Lionsgate and MARV Films. Before the movie hits theaters, Titan Books is giving fans the ultimate chance to prepare with KICK-ASS: CREATING THE COMIC, MAKING THE MOVIE. Written by Mark Millar, with input from the whole cast and crew as well as the comic¹s artist, John Romita Jr., this companion is the full and official page-to-screen story of Kick-Ass, straight from the creator himself. With eye-popping art from the original comics, script extracts and hundreds of movie photos, this slick companion is the indispensable guide to every ass-kicking aspect. What would happen if you tried to be a superhero? What would happen if an ordinary kid in a spandex costume came face-to-face with the criminal underworld? Dave Lizewski is just a regular teenager, with a MySpace page, a comic book collection, and no girlfriend; but as self-styled vigilante Kick-Ass, he¹s about to find out exactly how a superhero would fare in the real world... and it¹s going to get really, really violent!Here are some images you'll find in the book. Know that they are EMBIGGENABLE!
Feb. 17, 2010, 9:34 a.m. CST
Feb. 17, 2010, 9:37 a.m. CST
He's got this very basic, blocky style that rocks.I USED TO LOVE his late 80's run on iron-man. When he drew the Living Laser multi-arc(where iron man was trapped and buried in some underground place with lots of mirrors? or such, and living laser was torturing him) for those few issues, just amazing.
Feb. 17, 2010, 9:48 a.m. CST
This movie is going to...well, you know.
Feb. 17, 2010, 11 a.m. CST
They have given me free tickets to a preview screening of Kick-Ass in Glasgow on the 18th of March. There were also screenings arranged for Manchester and London on the same day. Mark Millar will likely turn up to the Glasgow showing as he still lives in the city. I have read every issue of Empire since it was launched back in 1989 and this is my reward. Perhaps there is a celestial being watching over me after all.
Feb. 17, 2010, 11:04 a.m. CST
My favorite was his sporadic run on mid 80's Uncanny, with his mainstream/punk hybrid aesthetic.
Feb. 17, 2010, 11:07 a.m. CST
Simonson on Thor were similarly eye-opening and mind-bending, at the time. I suppose all three have much in common.
Feb. 17, 2010, 11:41 a.m. CST
Earlier Romita Jr before his style had really fully developed and he was still sort of emulating his dad's. My uncle gave it to me when I was 8. I used to stare at it on the wall of my room for hours.
Feb. 17, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST
I'd call Avatar a phenomenon, as far as public reaction is concerned. And the Harry Potter books, sure. But that's about it.
Feb. 17, 2010, 12:57 p.m. CST
by Bartleby T. Scrivener
One of the nicest guys to ever meet and chat comics. I saw him draw a full shot of Kick-Ass on the back of a white sweatjacket just because he had the time. Good stuff.
Feb. 17, 2010, 1:57 p.m. CST
Nice one too.And Slone13, YOU are a lucky dog.It's good to see him getting some type of fame.His artwork has always been very solid.And I love Walt Simonson too(someone mentioned him)...what's HE up to now?
Feb. 17, 2010, 3:11 p.m. CST
Well worth buying. And I'm not just saying that because they excerpted my Vaughn interviews.
Feb. 17, 2010, 4:54 p.m. CST
Trying WAY too hard to be "edgy" and "controversial" is always an indicator of imminent shit.
Feb. 17, 2010, 5:05 p.m. CST
Either that, or Napoleon Dynamite doodling on an angel dust/methamphetamine cocktail.<p> So...the inker and the colorist are the guys busting their asses, I take it...
Feb. 17, 2010, 5:58 p.m. CST
If the movie plays out that way, it's gonna be fucking ace.
Feb. 17, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST
I've already been excited for the movie for some time. Yet that Nowhere Boy interview totally went up my ass sideways. Yeah, we all have other things going on, but that doesn't mean we have to reflect on previous "starter" projects with dread. Especially when confronted with others that are obviously excited and pleased with said "starter" project.<P>Aaron Johnson is a pretentious little prick that honestly believes he's the next coming. And we all already know that honor goes to Leia LeBoushh.
Feb. 17, 2010, 6:32 p.m. CST
@ idrinkyourmilkshake and dingbatty...right on!<p> @Bartleby cool story and nice nick (reading that now for class)<p> @BurnHollywood....fuck you. Pick up a comic book and shut the fuck up.
Feb. 17, 2010, 11:40 p.m. CST
Fuck you back, cockbreath. I've left napkin art at diners that looked better. Move out of your nana's basement, get a real job and maybe visit an art museum.
Feb. 18, 2010, 12:39 a.m. CST
...back in 7th grade! >:(<p>How's about some pages from the book that are actually INTERESTING??? 'Cause these doodles ain't gonna get me to buy that book.
Feb. 18, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST
while the images above obviously ARE NOT good examples of his best artwork(frankly..might even venture to say that KICKASS artwork is not his BEST)..He is a GREAT artist.His art on Spider-man,x-men, daredevil (and for me,ESPECIALLY IRON MAN) ALWAYS stood out.You should see him draw Fing Fang Foom.Stupid character, but in his hands, Romita makes anything pretty badass.So,try looking at alot of his 80's-90's work and see for yourself.
Feb. 18, 2010, 9:17 a.m. CST
Feb. 18, 2010, 11:32 a.m. CST
I remember when comic book artists knew how to draw.
Feb. 19, 2010, 1:23 a.m. CST
I dunno...sure as hell looks like his inker is doing the brunt of the work, given how spare his pencilling is...<p> http://www.theartistschoice.com/jrrough.html#HULK<p> Here's to the unsung inkers of the world...
Feb. 19, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST
I don't have a hash key on this computer, so can't see the Hulk example you've posted the link to, but in every issue of Kick Ass Romita Jr has pages of his original pencils in the back of the book. every line and nuance is there. It's absolutely ridiculous to compare yourself to quick sketches he's done and say you've done better work. Get a grip, he doen't give a crap about anything other than getting down a quick idea, and is not ashamed of his rough work, which is the sign of a great artist, confident in his abilities. I imagine a lot of cb artists wouldn't want such rough stuff published. You should take a look at some of Picasso's sketches, jeez, some people just don't know a thing about the process of art and mouth off at the drop of a hat to try and give themselves some kind of ego boost. "I could do that...blah blah blah." Always been a big Romita Jnr fan since his early Spidey days, truly great artist.
Feb. 19, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST
Not the comic book. Dumb Asses.
Feb. 20, 2010, 4:12 a.m. CST
...it's an easy mistake to make considering that one of the sketches, the one with Hit-Girl severing the head, has been directly lifted from a JRJr panel.
Feb. 21, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST
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