Caption Contest

We just posted a caption content on our Twitter and Facebook pages – hop on for a chance to win signed copies of the first two issues of The Mask of Night.  Deadline is Wednesday.

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First Pages of The Mask of Night #2

With only a couple days before the release of The Mask of Night #2, here are the first three pages for your reading pleasure…

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Cover B of THE MASK OF NIGHT #2 Revealed!

Yesterday I posted the first cover THE MASK OF NIGHT #2. Today I’m posting the special sub-variant cover (aka really rare), created by artist J.K. Woodward for our upcoming Kill Shakespeare board game.

Guilty or innocent? What says you?

The Mask of Night #2 by J.K. Woodward

The Mask of Night #2 by J.K. Woodward

The Mask of Night #2 cover!

It’s scary how quickly time passes… We’re now only two weeks ago from the release of The Mask of Night #2 (due in comic shops on Wednesday, July 23rd)!

We’ve been pretty busy in the last couple of weeks with finalizing the rest of this mini-series (as well as some other things that will be announced soon) but we’re excited to present our second issue of the series, picking up with Captain Cesario and his lover Viola, harboring Hamlet, Juliet, Othello and Shakespeare, and at the mercy of the Lavinia, Titus’ main vessel.  It’s a tale of mutiny and love and should be one of our finest.

Here is the first cover of the issue, done by our own Andy Belanger:

The Mask of Night #2 (by Andy Belanger)

The Mask of Night #2 (by Andy Belanger)

Check out the issue in two weeks at all comic book shops around the world!

First Page of The Mask of Night

With just over a week before the release of Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night #1 (released next Wed, Jun 18th) we’re excited to release this first page of the issue.  You can check out the amazing artwork by Andy Belanger (with colouring by Shari Hess) here:

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This first page of the series introduces a brand new character into our story – the masked pirate Captain Cesario, who has a very interesting backstory and tie-in to one of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters.

Keep checking back for more sneak peaks!

Cover #2 for The Mask of Night!

Two days ago I previewed Cover A of the first issue of our new upcoming mini-series THE MASK OF NIGHT.  The reaction online was really positive – people got excited about the art (by Andy Belanger) and the series.

Today I’d like to post a preview of our second cover (Cover B), this time by renowned artist J.K. Woodward.  J.K. was brought on by IDW Games to create the art for our upcoming board game Kill Shakespeare: The Board Game, and the art was so good that we decided to include it on the covers for the new series (which is a tie-in to the game).  Here is the cover designed by him:

Viola strikes!

Viola strikes!

The Mask of Night revolves around Viola, the heroine from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.  In our take she has become a bloody pirate and her discovery of Hamlet, Juliet, Othello and Shakespeare leads to a series of events that challenges her, her love, and her devotion to the sea.

J.K.’s done a great job here of capturing Viola in action and I think will become a very popular piece of art in the Kill Shakespeare canon.

Look for The Mask of Night #1 at comic shops on Wednesday, June 18th!


Our new series is around the horizon!

“Though know’st the mask of night is on my face…”

Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve posted an update on our new upcoming series but that’s because I’ve been quite busy (working from New York) and we’ve got a lot on the go.  The thing I’m most excited about, though, is our brand new comic mini-series, KILL SHAKESPEARE: THE MASK OF NIGHT.  And great news – the series debuts this month!

I’ll be posting art from the first issue over the next two weeks but the current release date of the first issue is Wednesday, June 18th!  Yes, in just over two weeks from today!

And here is a look at our first cover of the series, by series artist Andy Belanger (the B cover is by J.K. Woodward, based upon art from our upcoming board game).  One of the central characters, the pirate Captain Cesario, is defined by his mask, which appears on Andy’s first cover.

Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night #1 cover by Andy Belanger

Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night #1 cover by Andy Belanger

So keep checking for more information – we’ll be posting quite a bit in the next couple of weeks!

Uncertain Life and Sure Death

As the Ides of March approaches I’m kind of pondering that whole: “my thoughts be bloody or nothing worth” dilemma that Hamlet wrestles with. I mean, on one hand, murder is awful, bad, and often really messy – even if you’ve already covered the bathroom floor with a tarp and have the hack-saw and bag of quicklime on the go.

On the OTHER hand – when Shakespeare does it, murder is pretty awesome. I mean, heads get chopped off, poison is consumed, there is not one, but TWO mass stabbings, people, Shakespeare once offed two kids by BAKING THEM IN A PIE and then SERVING THAT PIE TO THEIR MOM (“Mmm, this is good! Is this veal?” “No, it’s your kids, BOOM!”).

So that got me to thinking about OTHER people who love Shakespeare like we do, and especially love the peculiar joy that comes with snuffing out some punk’s all too brief candle.

This led us to David Malki ! and Ryan North – two of the creative engines behind the most excellent Machine of Death series of books and games. (PLUG ALERT: You may also know Ryan from his Blockbuster To Be or Not To Be: That Is The Adventure Kickstarter campaign.)

Since Machine was such a HUGE success we thought it likely that it’s blend of wit, wordplay and cold-bloodedly hilarious focus on mass murder might be popular with you guys too, so David ! kindly let us design a BONUS SET OF CARDS for Machine of Death that has an all-Shakespeare flavour. You can download the card set here – these print and play beauties are ready to seamlessly fit into any Machine of Death game.

"Uncertain life, and sure death." - All's Well That Ends Well

“Uncertain life, and sure death.” – All’s Well That Ends Well


Bonus points (and prizes!) go to the first five people to correctly post in the comment section what play each card represents (or tweet us @IDWGAMES or @KillShakespeare). And if you know anyone who plays Machine, send’em over here – the more crossover between fans of Bardicide and fans of murder in general, the better.

(plus, it means more credible suspects to throw the cops off your trail).

Murderously yours,


Kickstarter Update: Day 1


What a first day.

You guys and gals are AMAZING! We’re already more than 50% of the way to our goal and that’s because of your incredible support. I’m more excited than that time Falstaff and I went on a bender and TOTALLY spilled beer all over Richard III’s gimpy hand!

Thank you SO much for getting this campaign off to a great start. This is the first Kickstarter that Anthony and I have been involved in and it’s been a great success so far.

Please keep supporting our campaign, with your help we can reach more and more people and start to unlock some of the UNBELIEVABLE stretch goals – yes these goals are so mind-blowing you will literally find your brain short-circuit until you start saying things like: “I simply cannot believe they are offering me this – they must be mad, as mad as that rascally King Lear!”

As a little bonus for you awesome-sauce folks we want to share with you an EXCLUSIVE piece of art from the game that NOBODY else in the world has seen (and those that have we’ll kill – just to make this even more special for you).


Take a bow, you magnificent bastards, you!

So please, keep sharing this with your friends, harass the tastemasters of the internet to talk about this, tell your Grandmother to finally get on the interwebs – because we want to make the Kill Shakespeare Board Game the best Shakespearean thing EVER!

Oh, and for future sneak peeks – vote down in the comments if you want to see more exclusive game art or get a glimpse at ANOTHER awesome Kill Shakespeare project we’ve got on the boil (and bubble).

The Game Play’s the thing!


Conor McCreery

Bardicidal maniac

Toronto, February 2014

Fifth and Final Board Game Character Revealed! Something New Coming Next Week!

After posting character teaser posters for Hamlet, Juliet, Falstaff and Viola (Captain Cesario), today we are happy to release the fifth playable character in our upcoming board game, Othello.  How could we not put the Moor in our game?  He’s a fan favourite (as artist Andy Belanger likes to say, he’s the Incredible Hulk of our story) and should be a fun choice to play as in the game.

Here’s the poster featuring art by artist J.K. Woodward.


In addition to these five characters, Lady Macbeth and Richard are also key players in the game (characters you’ll be fighting against) and we’re also going to work in at least a dozen other throughout missions, events, etc.

Come back next week to find out more about a new development for the board game – we’ll probably announce it mid-week or so.