Kingsman and Kick Ass creator Mark Millar has swapped comic book pages for tea and cake as part of his ambitious plans to turn his hometown into a “destination”.
The latest scheme he has cooked up to help the Townhead area of Coatbridge is the Rainbow Family Café, which opened its doors with free food and superhero support on Sunday. The cafe is Millar’s attempts to build a sorely-missing community hub for his hometown and will be open on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday afternoons.
SUPERHERO FANS! My wife and I are launching a not-for-profit cafe in my old housing estate this Sunday, every penny made going into the community. Details below and EVERYTHING IS FREE on launch day. All welcome! pic.twitter.com/Or83fSwsJ6
— Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) May 13, 2019
The comic book legend, alongside wife Lucy, has spent the last few years investing money from the sale of his Millarworld company to Netflix to help restore the town to its former glories, including holding Comic Cons stacked with Marvel talent.
And he told The Big Issue that he has bigger plans to serve up in the North Lanarkshire town to lift it out of the economic problems that have dogged it in the last 40 years.
“There seems to be a really good market for it and every penny from it will go into the community – we’ll essentially give money away to start it up and then it will become self-sustaining,” said Millar, who unveiled his latest Netflix project The Magic Order last week.