Shakespeare

Appearing at London’s MCM Show this weekend!

Just got back from a whirlwind two weeks in Europe – and now I’m going back there!

In addition to my Inspired By: Shakespeare talk at the Globe Theatre this Thursday evening at 7pm, I will be attending the London MCM Comic-Con this weekend (Fri, May 22 – Sun, May 24) at the ExCel Centre in Southwest London. I am located in the Comics Village section, Table #CB1 (map can be found here).

The obligatory signage.

The obligatory signage.

It’ll be my fourth time appearing at the show and I’m excited to return to what is always an amazing show. And this year I’ll have our new hardcover Kill Shakespeare book and some other special things.

So if you’re in London this weekend – or know anyone that is – come by and visit me!

 

 

 

Appearing at Shakespeare’s Globe next month!

Look out, London!

I am quite excited to announce that I will be doing a talk the Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, UK next month. I am the first speaker in their SHAKESPEARE: INSPIRED series of talks in the brand-new Sam Wanamaker Playhouse, a new candle-lit theatre that replicates what the first inside theatre were like in Shakespeare’s time.

It will be one-hour talk about the process behind the creation of Kill Shakespeare, the Bard in comics, inspirations, and everything else. It’ll be different than any other presentation I’ve done for a number of reasons, two being that IT’S THE FREAKIN’ GLOBE THEATRE(!) and also I won’t have the safety net of a PowerPoint presentation behind me. That’s right, I’m going rogue for this talk! Who knows what will happen? Anything could happen!

The exact details of my talk are:

Thursday, May 21st @ 7pm @ Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

Tickets are 15 GBP, 12 GBP for students - available here

Official Link here

There will be book signings afterwards.

 

Anthony marvels at the Globe

I’ll be there!

In addition to the Shakespeare’s Globe talk, I will also be appearing at the MCM London Comic-Con from May 22 – 24th. It’s a show I’ve attended three times in the last few years and I’m excited to return. I’ll post more information about this in the coming weeks.

Approximately 100,000 people attended this year's show, making it one of the largest in the world!

I’ll be back!

This is why we do this…

I received an email from an old high school friend of mine last week, who I haven’t heard from in almost 20 years (don’t do the math, please…). He’s now living in Europe (he moved back during high school) and discovered Kill Shakespeare in his own journeys. It was a really nice thing to receive out of the blue.

KillShakespeare

We spend so much of our lives working on our stories and one of the best things is to know that people are reading what we’ve written – and more importantly, that it helps bring people together. It makes all of the long hours and doubts completely worth it.

The letter reads (I’ve edited out one line in the opening paragraph):

Hello Anthony.

You may not remember me, but we went to school together back in South Porcupine. We had mutual friends… and back then I used the name Matti. Only after moving to Finland have I started using my real name. 

But as to the reason of this letter. It is nothing more then a letter from an acquaintance from long ago congratulating you on your achievements. I literally stumbled onto Kill Shakespeare while working. A few years ago I was working as a child and family counselor in the university hospital of Tampere in the pediatric oncology and hematology unit. I walking into a patients room, and as I said literally stumbled on this book.  I was immediately intrigued, as was the patient due to my English language. It turned out to be just the right “ice breaker” that was needed to start the process I went through with the family for what turned out to be a long, painful and sadly final trip to the hospital for this family. But it wasn’t until now, years later I once again came across this series that I looked a little closer at it and realized that it was the Anthony that I knew back in Porcupine. I now live with my family  close to the Russian boarder in a small town/village called Kiihtelysvaara,close to Joensuu in North-Eastern Finland where I am going for my masters in theology to become a pastor at the university. As such, from time to time I do work with the youth group and young adults. One of youth group kids brought your comic on a camping trip that we were on and he asked that I read it to them as my pronunciation is somewhat better then theirs.

So congrats to you Anthony, you have a following way over here in Finland too. I wish you all the best. 

Kindest regards,

Matti

 

The Mask of Night collected edition is out next week!

I’m excited to announce that the collected trade paperback of THE MASK OF NIGHT is being released next week in comic shops around the world (and bookstores will be the following week).  So if you’re looking for a great holiday gift idea for that comic and/or Shakespeare fan in your circle, our fourth volume could be it!

Cover by Andy Belanger

Cover by Andy Belanger

This collected book includes the original four issues, a new backup story detailing the backstory of our protagonist’s brother Sebastian (tying it into our Kill Shakespeare universe), and a page-by-page dissection of script-to-artwork.

We’re excited to see the final product when it arrives (after LA port delays) and we know you will too!

The Gameplay’s the thing and it’s FINALLY here!

The Board Games are FINALLY arriving.

It’s been a LONG process (much longer than we ever expected and we’re sorry about that), but we are starting to receive tweets and emails that you, our supporters, are receiving your copies of Kill Shakespeare: The Board Game.

Anthony and I had the privilege to see the game in Edmonton and New York, and we can tell you that it drew a LOT of attention from passer-by’s. We even had one guy offer to buy the display copy for $200!

But we didn’t want to leave it to total strangers to get a look at our new baby, so below are some pics of the game. I hope you’ll agree that while it has taken some time to get ready, it looks like time well spent.

Also, the amazing folks at IDW want you to have the best game-playing experience possible. Once you get your game if you have ANY questions about how a rule works simply tweet @IDWGames or email Nate Murray: Nate@idwpublishing.com with that question and within 72 hours Nate will post a short video that will show you exactly how that part of the game works.

Yes, that’s right, personalized rule explanations! That’s pretty Bard-ass if I do say so myself.

(oh Conor, you’re such a wit)

Now go swoon over some awesome game pictures!

Each character has their own unique player card that outlines their specific strengths and weaknesses

Each character has their own unique player card that outlines their specific strengths and weaknesses

All the card types spread out.

Events, Quests, wild-cards, troops, and reward cards are just part of the assets you’ll need to manage and collect.

All the beautiful pieces of the game.

All the beautiful pieces of the game. Yeah, you’re gonna need a bigger table.

The Game Board has to be FELT to be believed. The stretch goal we hit definitely gave the board a "lux" feel.

The Game Board has to be FELT to be believed. The stretch goal we hit definitely gave the board a “lux” feel.

Each turn you'll be forced to deal with world changing scenarios and take on challenging quests based on Shakespeare's plays.

Each turn you’ll be forced to deal with world changing scenarios and take on challenging quests based on Shakespeare’s plays.

Each turn you're going to need to buy, trade or otherwise get your hands on resources like troops, stolen letters, and maps of cities in order to stop Richard and Lady M.

AND… each turn you’re going to need to buy, trade or otherwise get your hands on resources like troops, stolen letters, and maps of cities in order to stop Richard and Lady M.

Oh yeah, this game has some meat. Look at the back of the box!

Oh yeah, this game has some meat. Look at the back of the box!

The game comes with a super high-end version of the very first issue of Kill Shakespeare

The game comes with a super high-end version of the very first issue of Kill Shakespeare

Your new favouite rulebook.

Your new favouite rulebook.

Kill Shakespeare in London!

Though I’m still recovering from the melee that was the New York Comic-Con this past weekend, I am now preparing for one final comic-con (for me) this year. And is it not fitting that it’ll be in the place that Shakespeare became famous – London, England?

The MCM London show last October - completely packed and crazy!

The MCM London show last October – completely packed and crazy!

Yes, I’m heading to London next week for the London MCM Comic-Con. Conor attended the show back in May and I attended a couple of the show last year and they were all great. It’s an amazing city with a huge appetite for anything geek (and Shakespeare). There are a great group of organizers involved and the crowds are huge and wild.

The show takes place next Friday (October 24) until Sunday (the 26th) and I will be there all three days. Once I have my exact table number (and panel info) I’ll post them online but it shouldn’t be too hard to find me at the show.

So if you’re in London please spread the word – the Canadian is invading! The Canadian is invading!

 

New York – A Hell of a Town!

Well, what has quickly become the busiest convention of the year for us has just ended… The New York Comic-Con! Some reports indicate that the show is now bigger than San Diego in terms of attendance; I don’t know if this is the case but I do know that it’s a really big show.

We had a great time in the city this year – meeting with fans, finding new readers, seeing the board game for the first time, and selling our new Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini series as well. We broke sales records and look forward to winding down the year with only a couple more.

Here are some pics from the weekend:

So excited about the books and the game!

So excited about the books and the game!

When Conor showed up late to a HOLMES VS HOUDINI signing, he was easily replaced by Cole...

When Conor showed up late to a HOLMES VS HOUDINI signing, he was easily replaced by Cole…

Anthony and Conor with uber-volunteers Eliscia and Kate

Anthony and Conor with uber-volunteers Eliscia and Kate

With Molly, Joe and Hannah from Dynamite

With Molly, Joe and Hannah from Dynamite

I'll toast to the shirt too!

I’ll toast to the shirt too!

Three straight conventions! These people follow Anthony around...

Three straight conventions! These people follow Anthony around…

The eye in the book moves. Trust me.

The eye in the book moves. Trust me.

So excited to discover Kill Shakespeare!

So excited to discover Kill Shakespeare!

Anthony with Matt and Adam at the HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH panel.

Anthony with Matt and Adam at the HOW TO SELF-PUBLISH panel.

Juan Shies Away

Juan of Dynamite Comics shies away from the rapture of our lens…

Lil Orphan Lannie

Anthony with fellow Canadian Lil Orphan Lanny… (yes, this is an in-joke in case you’re wondering…)

New Captions

Anthony and Conor wrote some new captions for a blank page on the fly…

With Keith and Molly from Dynamite Comics.

With Keith and Molly from Dynamite Comics.

Happy Birthday Jeremy Haun!

Happy Birthday Jeremy Haun!

Haters gotta hate.

Haters gotta hate.

With Chris Mowry, the key designer of our books.

With Chris Mowry, the key designer of our books.

Anthony battles Sean Von Gorman, artist of The Secret Adventures of Harry Houdini

Anthony battles Sean Von Gorman, artist of The Secret Adventures of Harry Houdini

The first customer of the board game!

The first customer of the board game!

Eliscia helps sell books!

Eliscia helps sell books!

Three doodles of Anthony... Which is the most accurate?

Three doodles of Anthony… Which is the most accurate?

The best possible bedtime reading...

The best possible bedtime reading…

The Brooklyn Heights Gang

The Brooklyn Heights Gang

A sketch for all seasons...

A sketch for all seasons…

Steve Sunu gives us the Thumbs Up!

Steve Sunu of ComicBookResources.com approves this post!

New York Comic-Con

We are now only a week away from our biggest comic-con of the year… The New York Comic-Con!

It was five years ago that we attended this show and secured ourselves a publishing deal with IDW… and now we’re back with not only the fourth volume of Kill Shakespeare but also the debut of our new Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini series.

 

NYCC 2014 - Banner

We will be at Booth #1249 the entire weekend so swing by say hello, check out our final issue of Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night, the first issue of Holmes vs. Houdini… and our board game!  You can find a floor plan here.  Andy will also be at the show at Table N11.

We will also be doing signings at some other booths over the span of the weekend.  These will include:

IDW Publishing (Booth #1844) – Fri (Oct 12) – 6 – 7pm

Dynamite Comics (Booth #2022) – Thu (Oct 11) – 2-3pm

Dynamite Comics (Booth #2022) – Sat (Oct 13) – 4-5pm

Dynamite Comics (Booth #2022) – Sun (Oct 14) – 11am – 12pm

So it’ll be a busy weekend for us but do come and visit!

Great unboxing video for our Kill Shakespeare board game

Board game specialist has just posed an unboxing video for our Kill Shakespeare board game, coming out this month! Take a look (and try to resist admitting that his assistants are the cutest of all-time!).

 

Previews for Holmes vs Houdini #1 AND The Mask of Night #1

For those excited about the release tomorrow of SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. HARRY HOUDINI #1 and THE MASK OF NIGHT #4 then here’s a bit of a sampler for you…

ComicBookResources.com posted a preview of the first issue of HOLMES v HOUDINI at this link.

They also posted a preview of the final issue of The Mask of Night at this link.

The Mask of Night #4 cover by Andy Belanger; Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini Cover B by John Cassady.

The Mask of Night #4 cover by Andy Belanger; Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini Cover B by John Cassady.

So head over to get excited about our double-release!