Oh Kick Ass, we hardly knew ye. I'm still depressed about the marketing campaign, the opening weekend, the subsequent significant drop off, and just about all that sadness. But I am holding out hope for success on DVD and maybe even sequel that will open limited initially, and be screened less often, as should have been the case with the first film. I recently took a peek inside Mark Millar's making-of book entitled Kick-Ass, Creating the Comic, Making the Movie, which many sites gave away in contests last month, and a peek led to essentially reading the entire book cover to cover. The book made me love the movie even more and I thought a little post on the matter would be fitting.
First off, this making-of book isn't like the cheapo, I can find that info anywhere, why are you wasting my time, making-of books that I see most often. This book is different because it came directly from the source, from Mark Millar, author of Kick Ass, the comic, who has had a hand in the movie since day 1, as the comic and the film were developed simultaneously. The book provides as much of a back story for the comic as it does the movie, which is pretty awesome. It feels completely comprehensive. It even goes into the guerilla marketing for the *comic*, which is the kind of thing that would normally never have a place in a making-of book, but is completely fascinating. We even get email exchanges between Millar & director, Matthew Vaughan from throughout the entire process. One of my favorite bits was learning about how, to raise money for the comic, Mark Millar held a contest - whoever donates the most money (auction style) gets to name the main character. And who won? Yup. Dave Lizewski. 3000 bucks and his name is immortalized in both comic & movie history. Pretty badass.
-Millar's early comic book script pages
-Eye-popping romita art, including new pages especially drawn for the movie
-Exclusive contributions from the cast and crew
-Hundreds of movie photos, sketches, storyboard and pieces of production art
The only thing that sucks about this book? It's a cruel reminder of the potential of Kick Ass that was squandered by Lionsgate's shitty campaign. The last few pages are on Volume 2 & the sequel to the movie. A sequel sure seemed definite when the book was published, but despite announcements otherwise, I'm not so sure we'll be seeing that hit theaters.
But if you're a fan of the film, you should definitely pick up this book. I read the damn thing cover to cover and it's LARGE. And then I dropped it in my pool. And now it's all fucked up and warped and I might have to buy another one. But that's another story for another time.