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BRISTOL EXPO ARE DELIGHTED TO WELCOME 2 OF CANADA’S FINEST
CREATORS FOR THEIR 1ST UK CONVENTION!
When not at their own stall in the Commonwealth Hall they will
be hosting a very special panel at the Ramada Hotel
1pm THEY COME TO PRAISE THE BARD, NOT BURY HIM
Candian comic series Kill Shakespeare has been lauded as a smart, sexy and violent take on William Shakespeare’s classic characters.
But some feel that the series dumbs down Shakespeare and mars his great characters.
Join series creators Anthony Del Col and Conal McCreery as they introduce their brainchild and discuss the controversy that erupted because of their work.They also give insight in to how to launch a creator-owned book in the current market.
CANADIAN CREATORS INVADE BRISTOL WITH PLAN TO KILL
BRITAIN’S GREATEST WRITER!
Toronto, Canada: The Canadians are coming! The Canadians are coming! The Canuck creators of the controversial and award-winning comic book series Kill Shakespeare, Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col, will attend the 2012 Bristol Comic Expo with one goal in mind – ensuring the death of Britain’s favourite son William Shakespeare.
“Sure, Shakespeare may seem like a big target, but we’re not afraid of trying to take down the greatest writer in the history of the English language,” said co-writer Conor McCreery. “We hope the fans in Bristol will get as excited by our alt-Shakespeare tales as our fans have in the colonies.”
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.
The series, nominated for a 2011 Harvey Award for Best New Comic Series, has been attacked by Shakespearean scholar Kimberly Cox who proclaimed the series made her “throw up in her mouth” and said that she wanted to “bitch slap” the creative team. But many lovers of the Bard have rallied to the comic’s defense with the team speaking at both the Folger Institute (the largest collection of Shakespearean works in the world), the Stratford Festival (North America’s largest Shakespearean festival) as well as being invited to attend the Shakespeare Association of America’s 2012 annual conference.
Kill Shakespeare has also been brought to life on stage in Toronto, and the team has received funding for both a feature film screenplay and a mobile app based on the concept. “It’s been amazing to see so many comic and Shakespeare fans band together to dig into our world. We’re fortunate to be able to tell our bloody, funny, lustful take in other mediums,” says co-creator Anthony Del Col “We hope we can shock, offend and amuse the fans in Bristol just like we have at conventions around the world.”
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. Described by the New York Times as “gripping, violent and dark fun,” the series was nominated for a 2011 Harvey Award for Best New Comic Series and received profiles from NPR, BBC, The Washington Post, CBC and Publisher’s Weekly. The series was chosen by the Sundance Institute as one of six projects for the inaugural New Frontiers Story Lab in October 2011. It also created controversy in 2010 when Shakespearean scholar (and girlfriend of comics legend Frank Miller) Kimberly Cox railed against the title, while others – such as Des McAnuff (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Jersey Boys) – are fans of it.
More information about the series can be found at www.killshakespeare.com .