The Sunday Times talks with writer Mark Millar about Wanted – “the highest-selling creator-owned comic book of the past decade” — rubbing elbows with celebrities, and life on the comics industry’s A-list:
Millar’s comic book stories sell hundreds of thousands of copies and when he flies to Marvel’s New York base every month, he travels first class. Yet the trappings of such a lifestyle are not in evidence in Glasgow.
Sitting in a restaurant, wearing a pair of jeans and a black T-shirt, with his hair ruffled and light stubble on his jaw, he blends into the background. He is resolutely unpretentious and gleefully reveals that he did not own a mobile phone until last Christmas.
“I like peace and quiet, but my worst fears have come true. Now people phone me all the time,” he chuckles.
He also relishes the fact that his friends tell him not to admit in interviews that his favourite films are mainstream, but populism is a concept he is happy to embrace.
“I love the fact that Raiders of the Lost Ark is one of my favourite films,” he says. “It’s the worst kind of snobbery to want to be into stuff that most people aren’t. It’s a defect in character. Whereas being into something that everybody’s into, what could be nicer?
“To create something that everybody likes is the ultimate aspiration. Nobody writes a novel hoping that hardly anybody reads it. Novelists get angry when people don’t read their books and then start sniping at JK Rowling.”
Millar, 38, also reveals that he plans to retire by age 45.