At the last General Election, Mark Millar switched political allegiance from the Labour Party to the Scottish Nationalist Party. Normally, the political opinions of a comic book writer wouldn’t make any difference, but Millar’s profile in Scottish media on the back of the Wanted and Kick-Ass movies saw him appear in political advertising, and when when the SNP were elected, saw the new First Minister Alex Salmond thank Millar in his acceptance speech. Millar has also engaged with a series of policies to encourage film making in Scotland. There have been those who expect that while Grant Morrison may have received an OBE from the government of Great Britain, if Scotland does gain political independence as the SNP are campaigning for, then Millar will be made a Lord.
But until then, Salmond and Millar are mutually advantageous partners. We have no Kapow! convention in London this year, but there is a strand still at the Glasgow film festival, which will feature the First Minister of Scotland, Alex Salmond, engaging in conversation about his own geek tastes with Mark Millar.
This is the Scottish equivalent of Barack Obama having a public discussion with Stan Lee about his love of Star Wars, or David Cameron going on a chat show with Alan Moore to chinwag about The Matrix. It is both utterly ridiculous and utterly wonderful at the same time.
As well as a number of comic releated films, the Festival will also see events with Gary Erskine, John Wagner, Steve Niles… and of course Mark Millar.