When Bendis Met Millar
♦ Brian Michael Bendis, newly ensconced at DC, and Mark Millar, running his own media empire with Netflix and other publishing companies, sat down and spoke with each other at C2E2. SyFy Wire recorded the whole panel so here is that video…
Brian Michael Bendis (born August 18, 1967) is an American comic book writer and artist. He has won critical acclaim, including five Eisner Awards for both his creator-owned work and his work on various Marvel Comics books.
Starting with crime and noir comics, Bendis eventually moved to mainstream superhero work. With Bill Jemas and Mark Millar, Bendis was the primary architect of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, launching Ultimate Spider-Man in 2000. He relaunched the Avengers franchise with New Avengers in 2004, and has also written the Marvel “event” storylines “Secret War” (2004–2005), “House of M” (2005), “Secret Invasion” (2008), “Siege” (2010) and “Age of Ultron” (2013).
Though Bendis has cited comic book writers such as Frank Miller and Alan Moore, his own writing influences are less rooted in comics, drawing on the work of David Mamet, Richard Price, and Aaron Sorkin, whose dialogue Bendis feels are “the best in any medium.”
In addition to writing comics he has worked in television, video games and film, and began teaching writing at University of Oregon in Fall 2013. He has also occasionally taught at Portland State University. In 2014, Bendis wrote Words for Pictures, a book about comics published by Random House.
This year it was announced that Bendis would be moving from Marvel to DC to write Superman, Action Comics and a new Man of Steel series as well as moving across his Jinxworld imprint.
Mark Millar MBE is the New York Times bestselling author of Kick-Ass, Wanted and Kingsman: The Secret Service, all of which have been adapted into Hollywood franchises.
His DC Comics work includes the seminal Superman: Red Son. At Marvel Comics he created The Ultimates, selected by Time magazine as the comic book of the decade, and described by screenwriter Zak Penn as his major inspiration for The Avengers movie (http://www.scriptmag.com/features/assembling-the-avengers-for-the-big-screen-interview-with-screenwriter-zak-penn). Millar also created Wolverine: Old Man Logan and Civil War, Marvel’s two biggest-selling graphic novels ever. Civil War was the basis of the Captain America: Civil War movie and Old Man Logan was the inspiration for Fox’s Logan movie in 2017.
Mark has been an executive producer on all his movies, and for four years worked as a creative consultant to Fox Studios on their Marvel slate of movies. In 2017, Netflix bought Millarworld in the company’s first ever acquisition, and employed Mark as President to continue creating comics, TV shows and movies.