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Game Launch? Check! Beer Drank? Check! Good times had? Check!

In the immortal words of the Bard: “that was a hell of a night.”

Raise a glass to a great launch event

Raise a glass to a great launch event

Thanks to EVERYONE who came down to Snakes & Lagers last night to be part of the official game launch. Beer was drank, dice were rolled, backstabbing commenced (for the table I was at it came on the very first turn from a particularly feisty Juliet), and all in all it was very Shakespearean.

Thanks also for the feedback you gave us. We really appreciated hearing what you loved about the game (the depth, the replayability, the awesome design) and what you thought could be improved (a rulebook that was easier to understand).

We’re happy to say that IDW is busy working on a new version of that slightly wonky rulebook. For those of you at the event you got to work off of some of the new cheat sheets they created(created by the amazing David Minken at Connect-More.ca, thanks David!) you could see how much they helped – we’ll have a full set of those ready to go to Kickstarter backers soon.

But if you have the game through non Kickstarter means, or are going to order it, give us a shout at muchado@killshakespeare.com and I can get you those files ASAP. While the game itself works amazingly well there are a FEW confusing bits in the rulebook that make the first turns a bit longer than they need to be.

Setting up the game -- beer makes it all go better!

Setting up the game — beer makes it all go better!

But even with that minor challenge, I was amazed at how people tackled the game and kicked some Ricardian ass!

Now if you’re sad you missed the event, have no fear, TONIGHT (December 10th) at 6PM on SPACE’s news journal show, Innerspace, you can see the whole thing and geek out as if you were right there WITH US!

Old friends with a new game!

Old friends with a new game!

Now of course I need to say a HUGE thank you to Aaron, Ben and Kayla at Snakes & Lagers. You guys were fantastic hosts and we couldn’t have asked for a better venue to unveil the game. I  also want to say thanks to Barry and the MacAuslan team for putting together the beer prize packs. And of course a big thank you to Doug and Matt from Paradise Comics who shocked everyone by DEBUTING VOLUME 4 of Kill Shakespeare at the event.

Thar she blows, in all her semi-co-op glory!

Thar she blows, in all her semi-co-op glory!

 

(I also want to nod towards John at 401 Games and George at the Silver Snail who generously allowed us to grab their stock to make sure we had enough games to meet demand.)

Thumbs up for surviving the first round

Thumbs up for surviving the first round

If you missed the event but NEED some Kill Shakespeare in your games cupboard and you don’t see it at your local game or comic shop the Snakes folks can help you there too — they send more games around Canada than anyone else. So you can buy your copy here: http://www.snakesandlattes.com/shop/

What a great night — we can’t wait to do it all again!

Killing Shakespeare in his own city!

I returned just over 24 hours ago from a whirlwind trip to London where I took part in the London Comic-Con (the weekend of Oct 24-26th). This was my third time over the pond for a show and I’m growing more and more attached to the city. In addition to the show I swung by the Sherlock Holmes Museum and the Globe Theatre. Both incredibly inspiring spots.

Here are some pics from this weekend.

Is that really how the final issue of HOLMES VS HOUDINI ends?!!!

Is that really how the final issue of HOLMES VS HOUDINI ends?!!!

The obligatory signage.

The obligatory signage.

 

Yes, this is where Anthony stayed. On a yacht. The comic book lifestyle is a rough one, isn't it...?

Yes, this is where Anthony stayed. On a yacht. The comic book lifestyle is a rough one, isn’t it…?

 

"You have failed this comic-con."

“You have failed this comic-con.”

Anthony and amazing artist Sonia Leong.

Anthony and amazing artist Sonia Leong.

Awkward photo attempt with Diamond UK's Ben Cornish!

Awkward photo attempt with Diamond UK’s Ben Cornish!

You can take the boy of out of Canada, but you can't keep Canada from the boy...

You can take the boy of out of Canada, but you can’t keep Canada from the boy…

Hamlet Cosplay!

Hamlet Cosplay!

Out of focus but we wanted to get him in our album this year!

Out of focus but we wanted to get him in our album this year!

Of course Anthony had to swing by the Holmes Museum...

Of course Anthony had to swing by the Holmes Museum…

These two are distant relatives of Houdini.

These two are distant relatives of Houdini.

Gamora does not approve.

Gamora does not approve.

"I want the last copy of HOLMES VS HOUDINI!" "No, I want it!"

“I want the last copy of HOLMES VS HOUDINI!” “No, I want it!”

Someone's excited about Kill Shakespeare!

Someone’s excited about Kill Shakespeare!

Dr. Horrible approves.

Dr. Horrible approves.

Interview for an essay on story endings.

Interview for an essay on story endings.

Anthony tried out the Oculus Rift Interstellar experience early on Sunday. The future of entertainment.

Anthony tried out the Oculus Rift Interstellar experience early on Sunday. The future of entertainment.

Anthony with our top fan Eleanor...

Anthony with our top fan Eleanor…

Interviewed for a top podcast - with a really cool mic.

Interviewed for a top podcast – with a really cool mic.

Directed by "Christopher Nolan."

Directed by “Christopher Nolan.”

 

 

Shocked by the content of Holmes vs. Houdini!

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.

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!

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…