ON – Kill Shakespeare Launch Party

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Anthony Del ColAndy Belanger, and Becky Cloonan appear at the Comic Book Lounge on Friday March 1, 2013 from 8:00 – 11:00 pm!

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The Comic Book Lounge & Gallery
587A College Street, Toronto, Ontario M6G1B2

HeroesCon 2012 Adds More Guests

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Walt Simonson and Louise “Weezie” Simonson are coming back to HeroesCon!! Walt exploded on to the comics scene with Manhunter in the 70s and when on to influence generations with his incredible work on The Mighty Thor, X-Men/Teen Titans crossover, and X-Factor! Louise is a writer known for great runs on Power Pack, X-Factor, New Mutants, and Superman: The Man of Steel! We are honored these great creators and great people are taking the time to join us to celebrate our 30th Anniversary!

Herb Trimpe has worked on dozens of titles for Marvel Comics including The Incredible Hulk, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Shogun Warriors, Godzilla and more. Of course he also illustrated that awesome 1st appearance of Wolverine in Hulk #181!

Georges Jeanty is like family at HeroesCon–the longtime penciller of the Buffy The Vampire Slayer comic series has also drawn Green Lantern, Superboy, Superman, and tons more! We’re happy he’s making the trek from his new home on the West Coast to see us!

Also added to the guest list today: Andy Belanger, Paty Cockrum, Rick Davis, Scott Hanna, Micah Harris, Eric Henson, Dan Parsons, Loston Wallace

For the full guest list please click here!

Unfortunately we’ve also had a few cancellations, most recently Sergio Aragonés. The rest are listed on the guest list page in the right sidebar, in red, beneath the updates.

UK – Kill Shakespeare Tour

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The creators of IDW Publishing’s Kill Shakespeare comic book series look to court controversy this month by bringing their take on Shakespeare and his characters to the birth country of the Bard himself this month on a two-week signing and convention tour of England.

“Colonists” Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col will be appearing at the Bristol Comic Expo as well as the Kapow! Comic Convention this month, along with a number of store signings in London, Manchester, Leeds and Stratford-upon-Avon. Series artist Andy Belanger will be joining the duo for the Kapow! Convention and a London signing. The trip to the U.K. is the final leg of their spring 2012 convention tour, which has seen them make appearances all over North America as well as at the Middle East Film & Comic-Con in Dubai last month.

To prepare for the tour IDW Publishing is proud to announce that they are releasing a fourth printing of KILL SHAKESPEARE VOLUME 1: A SEA OF TROUBLES. Originally released in April, 2010, this is the first half of the series that pits the Bard’s greatest heroes against his most menacing villains in a quest to track down and kill – or save – a wizard by the name of William Shakespeare.

IDW is also proud to announce that Del Col and McCreery have received their second straight Joe Shuster Award nomination for Best Writing in a comic series. The duo is pitted against such talents as Jeff Lemire and Kathryn Immonen in the category.

“We’re quite interested to see what people in England think of our take on the Bard,” says McCreery. “We expect some nay-sayers but we’re eager to show everyone that this project is just as vital a reflection of the Bard’s work as anything coming out of the Globe Theatre or Stratford-on-Avon.”

Kill Shakespeare has been in hot water before after Shakespearean scholar Kimberly Cox denounced the series as “bullshit” and said that “these guys really are helping to kill Shakespeare.” However, the adventure series, which incorporates Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Puck and others, has received high praise from media such as the New York Times, NPR, BBC, CBC and Fangoria. The series has also spawned a 90-minute stage show that debuted in association with Toronto’s acclaimed Soulpepper Theatre company in November of 2011 and is scheduled to tour to various locations across North America this fall.

The current signing schedule includes:

Sat, May 12 – Sun, May 13 – Bristol Comic Expo
Wed, May 16 – Travelling Man (Manchester)
Thu, May 17 – Travelling Man (Leeds) with special guest Becky Cloonan
Fri, May 18 – Forbidden Planet London Megastore with special guests Becky Cloonan, Scott Snyder & more
Sat, May 19 – Sun, May 20 – Kapow! Comic Convention
Published by IDW Publishing, more information about the series can be found at www.killshakespeare.com. The graphic novel is available at all major comic and book stores and digitally through iTunes or ComiXology.

UK – Friday Night Mega-Signing

Jock, Andy Belanger, Becky Cloonan, Trevor McCarthy, Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, and Scott Snyder sign on Friday 18 May 2012 from 18:00 – 19:00.

Forbidden Planet London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR

FORBIDDEN PLANET is delighted to announce a fantastic line-up of artists and writers for a fabulous Friday Night Mega-Signing at Forbidden Planet London!

Don’t miss this one – on Friday 18th May, from 6 – 7pm, at the London Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, we’ll have a huge and one-off event, taking place with an amazing line-up of guests: -

Jock • Andy Belanger • Becky Cloonan • Trevor McCarthy • Conor McCreery • Anthony Del Col • Scott Snyder

We’ll have all the hottest titles including Batman: Gates of Gotham, Batman: The Black Mirror, Batman: The Court of Owls, Demo and the wonderfully off-the-wall Kill Shakespeare graphic novels.

Make sure you get there – it’s the perfect way to warm up for the weekend!

Kill Shakespeare Creators Appear at Boston Comic Con 2011

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Fresh from celebrating the anniversary of William Shakespeare’s birth and death with the first-ever theatrical presentation of their story, the creators of the IDW Publishing Kill Shakespeare comic book series appear at the 2011 Boston Comic Con this weekend to introduce details of their upcoming issues, recently-secured film development financing, and an exclusive digital promotion.

Co-creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery worked with Toronto’s Soulpepper Theatre to present the first-ever live reading of Kill Shakespeare this past Saturday, April 23rd.  Soulpepper, one of the top classic theatre companies in North America, elected to present the work on the 23rd as that day serves as the anniversary of both Shakespeare’s birth and death.  “It was incredible to see Kill Shakespeare come alive through the performance of Soulpepper’s exceptional actors,” says co-creator Anthony Del Col.  “We have had numerous theatres in the U.S. express interest in doing a stage production of our epic tale and we were glad that it could happen on the Bard’s birth/death day.”

In addition, co-creators Del Col and McCreery also received notice late last week that they have received script development funding from The Harold Greenberg Fund.  The Fund, which assists Canadian writers in the development of screenplays, is a very prestigious organization that has provided support to filmmakers such as David Cronenberg (The Fly, A History of Violence), Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and Vincenzo Natali (Splice) in past rounds.  The project has received a great deal of interest from American and international film companies since the debut of its first issue last April.

The first ten issues of the series, described by the New York Times as “gripping, violent and dark fun”, have been released to much acclaim and attention.  The first trade paperback, released last November, is now in its second printing and Issue #10 was released April 20th.  Co-created and co-written by McCreery and Del Col, the artwork is overseen by Andy Belanger.

“It’s an exciting time for our series and I’m excited to appear at the Boston Comic Con this weekend,” says Del Col.  “With the theatrical and film initiatives, our story is expanding into new mediums and more people are getting excited about our take on Shakespeare.”  Del Col will be at the Comic Con all weekend along with series artist Andy Belanger.
About the series:

Kill Shakespeare is an adventure story that pits all of Shakespeare’s greatest heroes (including Hamlet, Juliet, Falstaff, Othello, Puck) against the Bard’s most menacing villains (including Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in a quest to track down and kill – or save – a reclusive wizard by the name of William Shakespeare. Called by Aint it Cool News as, “A great read”, the series has been profiled by The New York Times, NPR, BBC, Wired.com, The Globe and Mail and The Washington Post.  It also created controversy last year when Shakespearean scholar (and girlfriend of comics legend Frank Miller) Kimberly Cox railed against the title on popular U.K. comic blog BleedingCool.com, while others – such as Des McAnuff (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Jersey Boys) are fans of it.

Both Del Col and Belanger will be available for interviews during Boston Comic Con.

More information about the series can be found at www.killshakespeare.com.

TO – Kill Shakespeare!

Meet creators Connor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, Andy Belanger, and Kagan McLeod this Friday as they sign the brand-new first issue of their comic series KILL SHAKESPEARE, on the very anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth…! All 4 of these fine gents will be on hand to sign, sketch, and talk about the bard (and their new book), because the entire creative team hails from right here in Toronto! (Though it is published by the fine folks at IDW in California).

Here’s a little bit about the book:

“In this dark tale, the Bard’s most famous heroes embark upon a journey to discover a long-lost soul. Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Falstaff, Romeo and Puck search for a reclusive wizard who may have the ability to assist them in their battle against the evil forces led by the villains Richard III, Lady Macbeth and Iago. That reclusive wizard? William Shakespeare.

“A combination of Fables, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Lord of the Rings, Kill Shakespeare offers a remixed re-envisioning of the greatest characters of all-time, featuring action, romance, comedy, lust, drama and bloody violence. It is an adventure of Shakespearean proportions.”

Come on our and support a neat project and some great folks!

KILL SHAKESPEARE #1: Book Signing
Friday, April 23rd, 5pm-7pm
@ The Beguiling, 601 Markham Street, Toronto, ON
FREE
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