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August FanExpo County

Well, it’s been just over a week since FanExpo ended and things have been quite busy. But I’ve finally(!) been able to go through some of the photos from the weekend and here they are!

But first, thanks to everyone who made it an incredible weekend – our established fans, the new ones, the people that came to our Live Graphic Novel impromptu reading on Saturday night, the volunteers from the crowd that served as our “FanExpo Kingsman Players”, our friends, the people that tabled beside us and were forced to hear our pitches every days, etc…

And look for us at shows this fall – everywhere from Montreal, Portland, Edmonton, New York, London and Miami.

Arr!  There be knives! The cast of our KILL SHAKESPEARE: LIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL.

Arr! There be knives! The cast of our KILL SHAKESPEARE: LIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL.

Andre Sills as Hamlet in our stage show.

Andre Sills as Hamlet in our stage show.

Captain America!

Captain America!

Anthony with artist Peter Nguyen.

Anthony with artist Peter Nguyen.

Stylist Bilani showing off her one-piece designs.

Stylist Bilani showing off her one-piece designs.

The cast of KILL SHAKESPEARE: LIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL.

The cast of KILL SHAKESPEARE: LIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL.

Fred's confused, Adam's amused...

Fred’s confused, Adam’s amused…

Cute couple alert!

Cute couple alert!

Neil Gibson of Twisted Dark looking his debonair best.

Neil Gibson of Twisted Dark looking his debonair best.

Debonair? What does that mean...?

Debonair? What does that mean…?

Comics archivist and publisher Hope Nicholson.

Comics archivist and publisher Hope Nicholson.

Our editorial assistant Keith Morris can also draw!

Our editorial assistant Keith Morris can also draw!

Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Nicolas Billon makes a friend at his first comic-con.

Award-winning playwright and screenwriter Nicolas Billon makes a friend at his first comic-con.

Yes, the sound and foley guy stole the show at our LIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL performance!

Yes, the sound and foley guy stole the show at our LIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL performance!

We make our fans dance for their books.

We make our fans dance for their books.

Marketing assistant Sam Zimmerman takes credit for his work.

Marketing assistant Sam Zimmerman takes credit for his work.

Shakespeare is coming.

Shakespeare is coming.

Standing ovation for our LIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL performance.

Standing ovation for our LIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL performance.

The Stratford Whovians.

The Stratford Whovians.

The cast of LIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL applauds the audience.

The cast of LIVE GRAPHIC NOVEL applauds the audience.

These two know comedy.

These two know comedy.

The came bearing junk food snacks.

The came bearing junk food snacks.

All the way from York U!

All the way from York U!

 

“It’s a Hah-vahd bah.” Pics from Boston Comic-Con!

I got back from Boston on Sunday night after a whirlwind stop through one of my favourite cities in the U.S.

This was my third time attending the Boston Comic-Con and every time I go it gets bigger and better. It was great to see so many fans from the previous shows as well as meet new ones, sell/sign books and have people check out our swag.

And thanks to everyone who attended my “How to Pitch Your Comic” workshop on Sunday. The vibe in the room was great and I enjoyed chatting with those that stopped by my table afterwards.

Here are some pics from the weekend:

Obligatory shot of the sign

Obligatory shot of the sign

Kill Shakespeare: Bringing enemies together since 2010.

Kill Shakespeare: Bringing enemies together since 2010.

Word.

Word.

Pitching the Book

Jay and Kristi pitch the book for me.

As Eliscia pitches Kill Shakespeare to some fans, comics star Becky Cloonan can't stop herself from joining in...

As Eliscia pitches Kill Shakespeare to some fans, comics star Becky Cloonan can’t stop herself from joining in…

Canada: Following me wherever I go.

Canada: Following me wherever I go.

Frozen!

Frozen!

Young artist Scott Lerer with his sketch for me.

Young artist Scott Lerer with his sketch for me.

All the world's an ankle tattoo

All the world’s an ankle tattoo

Gotta represent.

Gotta represent.

She's a Fighter. Super Shakespeare Fighter.

She’s a Fighter. Super Shakespeare Fighter.

Riddle me something about Shakespeare.

Riddle me something about Shakespeare.

Phil and Dillon interacting with their fans...

Phil and Dillon working the crowd

Awkward?

Awkward?

The cool boys from Locust Moon comics, Chris and Andrew.

The cool boys from Locust Moon comics, Chris and Andrew.

Gamer Douglas reviews the board game rules doc for our board game - and is impressed!

Gamer Douglas reviews the board game rules doc for our board game – and is impressed!

Our fuzzy-bearded world traveler friend, Michel...

Our fuzzy-bearded world traveler friend, Michel…

The winds blowing back from Chicago!

I know that it’s been two weeks since I’ve posted anything on the site and I profusely apologize.  I’ve been quite busy with a number of personal things (including moving!) and I am only now catching up on correspondence and follow-up on events of the last few weeks.

Three weeks ago I attended C2E2 in Chicago and it was – as usual – a great time. Chicago is a great theatre town and it’s great to see the amount of knowledge and enthusiasm about Shakespeare, the arts, theatre and everything else. We sold out of all of our book early on Sunday and almost out of tshirts as well.

Thanks to everyone that attended – you made it a great show for me. I’ve been to Chicago at least once a year and I really like the city and look forward to visiting it again sometime soon.

Here are some pictures from the weekend:

The sign, of course.

The sign, of course.

This is exactly what we do what we do.

This is exactly what we do what we do.

 

Yes, they are clearly excited.

Yes, they are clearly excited.

Sold out! Thanks to Onrie Kimpman for being such a great neighbour (check out his Yi Soon Shin book)!

Sold out! Thanks to Onrie Kimpman for being such a great neighbour (check out his Yi Soon Shin book)!

Two years ago I did a workshop on pitching and Josh Barbeau attended, and now he's creating his first series Tyrants!

Two years ago I did a workshop on pitching and Josh Barbeau attended, and now he’s creating his first series Tyrants!

With two of our biggest (and best) fans, Susan and Mark.

With two of our biggest (and best) fans, Susan and Mark.

With the lighting/video director from last year's Strawdog Theatre production of Kill Shakespeare!

With the lighting/video director from last year’s Strawdog Theatre production of Kill Shakespeare!

With Jenny Martin from C2E2 organizer ReedPop. Such an amazing friend of ours.

With Jenny Martin from C2E2 organizer ReedPop. Such an amazing friend of ours.

This was her first convention and cosplay and THIS is what she was able to create!

This was her first convention and cosplay and THIS is what she was able to create!

Birthday boy Josh Adams!

Birthday boy Josh Adams!

Sailor Moon to the rescue. Or, specifically, Megan from ALA...

Sailor Moon to the rescue. Or, specifically, Megan from ALA…

Their first convention! Two are excited. The third? Not so much.

Their first convention! Two are excited. The third? Not so much.

Best shirt ever?

Best shirt ever?

 

Wondrous WonderCon!

I’m in the midst of a move (details to come soon!) so I’ve been pretty swamped the last couple of weeks. But I wanted to take a moment to post some photos from our appearance at WonderCon in Anaheim two weeks ago (March 18 – 20).

As usual, it was a great show for us – we sold out of books, sold a whack of tshirts, and gained a whole new legion of fans.  Thanks so much to everyone who came by our booth as well as those that helped us out – Alex from WonderCon, Mimi Cruz from Night Flight Comics, and everyone from IDW Publishing, especially Dirk Wood, Chris Mowry, Mike Ford and everyone else.

Here are some glimpses of our time at the show:

The logo! The logo!

The logo! The logo!

 

The Secret Origins of Readers Panel, with authors Frank Beddor, Marjorie Liu (and Mimi Cruz and her sister).

The Secret Origins of Readers Panel, with authors Frank Beddor, Marjorie Liu (and Mimi Cruz and her sister).

IDW's Kahlil Sweitzer and Chris Mowry joined us for a signing at the IDW booth.

IDW’s Kahlil Sweitzer and Chris Mowry joined us for a signing at the IDW booth.

Secrets and lies... (with Marjorie Liu and Mimi Cruz)

Secrets and lies… (with Marjorie Liu and Mimi Cruz)

What is this man saying?

What is this man saying?

Anthony welcomes a new Connor to the team.

Anthony welcomes a new Connor to the team.

Truffles!

Truffles!

This little actress recited a long passage from Two Gentlemen of Verona.

This little actress recited a long passage from Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Practising nun-chucks (to be fair, they are pretty hard to do).

Practising nun-chucks (to be fair, they are pretty hard to do).

Flashin' the League...

Flashin’ the League…

David! from Machine of Death

David! from Machine of Death

The two Montague siblings begin to fight over a lost copy of Kill Shakespeare!

The two Montague siblings begin to fight over a lost copy of Kill Shakespeare!

Our letterer Chris Mowry joined our IDW Publishing signing.

Our letterer Chris Mowry joined our IDW Publishing signing.

An epic battle

An epic battle

Dueling signers...

Dueling signers…

An absorbing read.

An absorbing read.

Young Readers

 

 

Hamlet embarks to the Emerald City!

I returned from attending the Emerald City Comic-Con Monday night but have been swamped with work and a major IT issue the last two days. So I’m only now posting these pics and update.

Emerald City this year was one of my favourite shows to attend from two years ago and returning (Conor attended last year) made it even better. It was great to meet up with fans who saw our stage show at the con last year, as well as people that I met two years. Thanks to everyone who came by the table to pick up a book, get a book signed, say hello, tell me how much they love the series, or anything else.

Thanks also go out to those that attended by How to Market Your Indie Comic to the Masses on Sunday. And a big thanks to Stephanie Cooke, Bryan JL Glass David Petersen and Sean E. Williams for conducting a panel on Are Literary Comics the New Superhero on the Saturday.

I should also thank Ben Hsu and Elaine Tipping (ET!) of Tiny Blue Dragon Studio (based in Portland) who helped out over the course of the weekend with our sales. Check out their really cool Licensed Heroes series.

Here are a collection of pics from this weekend!

The logo! The banner! The excitement!

The logo! The banner! The excitement!

Anthony with Kuo-Yu Liang, one of the coolest guys in comics!

Anthony with Kuo-Yu Liang, one of the coolest guys in comics!

Anthony with Helene, who helped out during the weekend.

Anthony with Helene, who helped out during the weekend.

With panellists Stephanie Cooke (moderator), Anthony, David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar) and Sean E. Williams (Artful Daggers)

With panellists Stephanie Cooke (moderator), Anthony, David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Bryan JL Glass (Mice Templar) and Sean E. Williams (Artful Daggers)

Nick and Molly from Dynamite Comics!

Nick and Molly from Dynamite Comics!

Aye, there's the rub...

Aye, there’s the rub…

Anthony and Scott from Atomic Robo. Where's Brian? Oh, that's right, he had the wrong flight time and missed the last day...

Anthony and Scott from Atomic Robo. Where’s Brian? Oh, that’s right, he had the wrong flight time and missed the last day…

Singing for her books!

Singing for her books!

Take my money!

Take my money!

Not sure what to buy... Not sure what to buy... (Spoiler alert: she bought the first two!)

Not sure what to buy… Not sure what to buy… (Spoiler alert: she bought the first two!)

Anthony with Cecil (the voice of top-ranked podcast Welcome to Nightvale) and uber-impressive tour manager Lauren.

Anthony with Cecil (the voice of top-ranked podcast Welcome to Nightvale) and uber-impressive tour manager Lauren.

What did you say?

What did you say?

What would Wil Wheaton do?

What would Wil Wheaton do?

Devin and Anthony do a t-shirt dance, it looks like...

Devin and Anthony do a t-shirt dance, it looks like…

Anthony and reviewer Brittany, one of our favourites!

Anthony and reviewer Brittany, one of our favourites!

Anthony with Sarah Gaydos and Kahlil Sweitzer of IDW Publishing.

Anthony with Sarah Gaydos and Kahlil Sweitzer of IDW Publishing.

 

 

Sneak peak at gameplay!

I hope that everyone had a fantastic holiday season and a great New Year’s celebration!  Here’s to an amazing 2014!

We will have a few interesting new items in the first half of this year but perhaps the most exciting one will be the Kill Shakespeare board game in May/June of this year.  We will be putting together an pre-purchase awareness campaign next month but before that we’re deeply immersed in the nuts and bolts of game creation.  The early art by JK Woodward has been amazing and Conor and I are currently scripting some of the cards and missions for the game.

However, the folks at IDW have been even luckier as two weeks ago they were able to do a very, very early play-test of the game.  It’s still quite rough with no art, set missions or some details missing but Jerry, Nate and Ted were able to get a feel for the game mechanics involved.

Here are a couple photos from the very early play test.  As mentioned, I’m so jealous!

(Thanks to Nate Murray from IDW for sending the photos!)

Putting it all out on the table...

Putting it all out on the table…

The play's the thing!

The play’s the thing!

The map is still to be discovered, obviously...

The map is still to be discovered, obviously…

It's all in the cards...

It’s all in the cards…

 

We took our talents to South Beach! Errrr, Miami-Dade College Campus

As we move into the chill of December here in Toronto I thought I’d share some photos from our time in the sun this past month when I was able to represent Kill Shakespeare at the Miami Bookfair.

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Welcome to Miami!

Miami is a special place for K.S. as, as a Bookfair, it represents a very different audience for us. When we first went down to the show four years ago we had one book and no sense of how “real” readers would respond. In addition we were sharing a booth with another comic creator and there were only four of us with tables at the show.

Would anyone notice us? (Yes) Would people be offended by our title? (Yes!) Would Conor get a crazy sunburn (Yes!!)

Now, four years later, we’ve seen our sales climb at each show and we’ve been invited to be part of an outreach program that sees the K.S. team go into schools across Miami-Dade and talk about art, writing and creative entrepreneurship.

Those school visits are always a highlight and this year Miami upped the ante by having me deliver one of the Fair’s “school keynotes” which saw me talk to 500 kids AT ONE TIME!

Conor poses with one of the students he met during school visits and her Dad (also an author!)

Conor poses with one of the students he met during school visits and her Dad (also an author!)

I was a little nervous to be facing that many students, but after getting them to chant “thank you Toronto” (for Chris Bosh, natch), and then sing the Canadian National Anthem (refreshingly they knew the tune and did not sing it to “O, Tannenbaum” as so many of my other American friends do), we got along fine.

Aside from all that this year was extra special for two reasons:

1) As many of you know we’re passionate about expanding the reach of comics to those who, right now, ignore the medium. We’ve been working with Miami to expand the comic footprint at the show. Lissette Mendez, who runs the author track at Miami, is a MASSIVE comic fan and has long wanted to create a “mini con” in Miami. Lissette and the incomparable Eric Hitchcock at Diamond helped to spearhead a program that would bring comic publishers into the show.

And lo’. Destination: Comics was born!

Oni, Dark Horse, Zenescope and NBM/Papercuts were some of the flagship publishers who supported this pilot program – we also saw tons of big name comic creators including Gene Yang, Nate Powell and Paul Pope come out and sign in the Comics Courtyard — which drew TONS of attention.

 

Destination: Comics has lift off!

Destination: Comics has lift off!

A huge thanks to them and also to the amazing Joan Hilty – comic editor, creator and consultant extraordinaire who helped organize the entire event.

And if that wasn’t enough…

2) We got to talk to an ENTIRE CLASS that was STUDYING Kill Shakespeare.

Words cannot express how amazing it was to face 40 students who has all READ THE BOOK! The kids were super-engaged and asked some incredibly perceptive questions (we got hammered again on the good girl/bad girl dynamic of Juliet and Lady M., but they all seemed super intrigued to see what we do with Lady M. in Tide of Blood), and generally had an amazing time. I spent about 20 minutes after the class just hanging out and posing for photos.

Below are a few more snaps from the trip —  you can see the rest here.

-Conor

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Poor guy, he has no idea that Conor is a TERRIBLE artist (yes, he does).

 

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This was our Miami super-fan, he ended up with six books and three shirts!

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K.S. goes punk-rock after a book-signing at the fair.

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Well… we gotta get Anthony in here SOMEHOW, right? (Here’s “Uncle Anthony” with little Peregrine).

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Speaking of babies… Conor has trouble dealing with selling the last K.S. onesie…

 

Pictures from that most latin of North American cities. The one that never sleeps – the one that starts with an “M”

… Montreal.

 

I know, I know that I just got back from Miami and you want photos of Manatees and Martinis, but some of you have been bugging me for awhile about La Belle Province.

“Conor,” you say, “Where are all those photos you promised from Montreal? You took like a dozen of you and the belly dancer alone!”

And I had to confess that because I am technologically dumb I had somehow managed to save my Montreal photos in a strange directory that I could not find to upload them.

But lo and behold! While taking photos for my time at the Miami Book Fair, I managed to save THOSE photos in the same place and this time, sitting along in my hotel room with nothing but tap water and angst, I managed to CRACK THE CODE.

So here we go — a small sample of the VERY delayed Montreal photos are here, as well as a video from the show of a hoarse-voiced me trying to pitch a girl on the merits of Kill Shakespeare, but all she’s REALLY interested in is my celebrity look-alike…

For all the photos cruise over to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152150232089131.1073741855.132288909130&type=3

The Miami photos and stories will be along in a day or so.

Hugs,

Conor

The very talented Steve Paugh has a "Trouble with Tribbles" moment.

The very talented Steve Paugh has a “Trouble with Tribbles” moment.

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I agreed to help at the booth, McCreery. Hugs cost extra.

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Vulcans say not buying Kill Shakespeare is HIGHLY “illogical.”

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When Jessica Rabbit and a Belly Dancer come by to buy your comic — well you know your marketing teams are REALLY doing their jobs.

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Cutest. Costume. Ever.

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Two siblings, each alike in lit’racy, in fair Montreal where we lay our scene…

And now the video!

The Kill Shakespeare boys want to help you get cheap Geek gifts, Toronto!

Next Wednesaday, November 27th, Anthony and Conor are going to be part of a great even at the Silver Snail in Toronto that could get you 25% off on almost ANYTHING in the store.

Don't miss a chance to rub elbows with the K.S. boys -- and get a great discount!

Don’t miss a chance to rub elbows with the K.S. boys — and get a great discount!

It’s all part of a special Kill Shakespeare Black Friday sale starting on Wednesday the 27th!

I know, I know, it’s crazy, but it’s true. George, Nicole., Kody and the rest of the Snail team have invented a special Shakespearean time machine that will let you get an extra special discount on Wednesday TWO DAYS BEFORE Friday.

I’m frightened too.

But if we all band together at the Snail ( 329 Yonge Street, just North of Dundas Square) from 5-9pm on Wednesday then I think we can overcome this blatant disregard for the rules of time and space.

So WHAT HAPPENS ON WEDNESDAY?  I’m glad you asked – even in that loud voice.

From 5pm to 9pm Conor and Anthony will be signing copies of the NEWEST Kill Shakespeare book – The Tide of Blood! We’ll also have copies of Volumes 1 and 2 for sale as well as all our ShakesGeare. AND, as a SPECIAL BONUS, you can help playtest a prototype of our mobile game ADD INSULT TO INJURY!

That’s right, get down with your bad Shakespearean self and face Othello, Hamlet, Falstaff and Richard 3 in a battle of wits that is sure to end with blood on the floor.

AND if you buy ANY Kill Shakespeare merch the Snail will give you a 25% discount on pretty much ANYTHING in the store!

How can you lose? Plus with the Black Canary cafe on site you can sip some coffee, or hot chocolate and grab a tasty treat as well.

Or just come and say hello, we love that too!

Hugs,

The guys.

Comikaze 2013!

logoA ComicCon in L.A. is an interesting thing. You’d THINK there would be more celebrity culture at a show here in the heart of the entertainment world, but actually its just the opposite.

Or, as one of the great organizers of the show told me “Chances are I can see these people on my way to lunch.”

Because of that Comikaze is jammed full with the weird and the wonderful; this was a much more horror, steam-punk, and gothic show then I am used to seeing. While at the same time the panels are packed with attendees looking to go “mainstream” as they learn the ins and outs of writing and creating from Hollywood vets who generously give their time to help the next generation make magic with their minds and fingers.

And of course there were tasty food trucks. L.A. is the MECCA of food trucks, I wish I had been thinking properly – I could have given you all in-depth views of all the tasty street food I’ve been partaking in. Maybe in my next update – as I’m here for three more days before I wing my way back to Toronto.

All in all Comikaze is on the cusp of some pretty intriguing things. The show was well-organized, with a central stage that really tied the floor together. In previous years fans had apparently had some complaints about knowing what was happening when and being able to get into the show easily, but this year all the kinks had been ironed out. Impressive in that Comikaze started THIS decade (I know, no comic show in L.A.? Weird….)

As mentioned the panel hosts were impressive, including development execs from some of the top production companies in the city, the art was top notch and I even got to mingle with my good friends from IDW — Kahlil, Mike, Rosalind and Chris — listening to them banter about sneaking up on Kill Shakespeare editor Tom Waltz to scare him as a Hollywood prank had me pining for the camaraderie of a great office.

We couldn't ask for a better team of publishers than IDW.

We couldn’t ask for a better team of publishers than IDW.

So a huge thank you to IDW for helping support us logistically at the show and also Keith, Teddy, Regina and Sadie at the show who all worked tirelessly to make our experience and so many others — special.

Also a big thank you to Robert Elrod, the super amazing horror illustrator who served as my Square mule for the show, and Ambrose & Ambrose – the father-son art team that kept me stocked with lollipops, lemonade and also learned my sales pitch well enough to cover for me during panel and bathroom breaks (my bladder REALLY thanks you, guys)

Thanks to this man I was able to take plastic!

Thanks to this man I was able to take plastic!

Is this the face of a man tired of being bothered to register sales for a total stranger?

Is this the face of a man tired of being bothered to register sales for a total stranger?

 

Ambrose V and Ambrose IV - together

Ambrose V and Ambrose IV – together

Ambrose V rocking his Bear t-shirt!

Ambrose V rocking his Bear t-shirt!

And of course I also had the chance to meet some great creators like Kit Kendall….

"Kit Kendall and the Staff" - Southern Utah University's foremost comic rock band... or something...

“Kit Kendall and the Staff” – Southern Utah University’s foremost comic rock band… or something…

and DJ Kirkbride the co-creator of the fabulous Amelia Cole series (published by IDW and Monkeybrain), as well as Eisner winner for his work on the Popgun anthology.

Reviewing another creators work is always a delicate dance involving sensitivity and kindness...

Reviewing another creators work is always a delicate dance involving sensitivity and kindness…

And because all those photos weren’t enough — MORE PHOTOS (head to our FB page to see the whole set).

Our first sale of the show was magic!

Our first sale of the show was magic!

Shakespeare, actually being killed by a bear.

Shakespeare, actually being killed by a bear.

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Conor's long lost left-coast children? You decide

Conor’s long lost left-coast children? You decide