Friday, April 9, 2010

Canada Wants You To Kill Shakespeare [New Comic Alert!]

At Wondercon this year, Eruditechick had the chance to chat with the creators & artist of Kill Shakespeare, a 12 part series from IDW, beginning its run this month.
An epic adventure that will change the way you look at Shakespeare forever.

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.
Sounds pretty cool, right? We're a bunch of Shakespeare geeks over here (and you should be too!) so the very idea of this series is pretty exciting. Though the first issue is mostly just setting everything up ('s the first issue) it still features a recap of Hamlet in comic form (which is simply badass), is filled with beautiful art and gives a good taste of the coolness to come. Check out the trailer below, followed by Eruditechick's interview with the delightful trio behind Kill Shakespeare, creators Connor McCreery & Anthony Del Col and artist Andy Belanger. Get ready to enjoy some adorable Canadian accents & Shakespeare geekery.


Interview with Connor McCreery, Anthony Del Col and Andy Belanger

:18 Where did the idea for Kill Shakespeare come from?
2:16 How long did it take to get the project off the ground?
2:43 Anthony explains how Shakespeare geek he is
3:07 Have you ever performed Shakespeare? And then Anthony does.
3:33 Andy talks about the artwork
4:42 Which Shakespearean character do you most identify with? Let the sparring begin!
6:08 Connor on Hamlet - interesting stuff if you're a fan of the play (WHICH I AM PS)

For more on Kill Shakespeare, clickity here