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WonderCon here we come!

I believe that I’ve written this before but WonderCon has a very special place in my heart.  Back four years ago it was at this show (in San Francisco) that we officially launched Kill Shakespeare – doing some signings, meeting with media, and sitting on a panel.

Four years, three volumes (with a fourth on its way), too many conventions to count and we’re coming back again – and really looking forward to it!  I’ve had the privilege of representing us at this show the last two years but this year I’m joined by Conor.  With our hectic schedules it’s actually rare to see us at the same show – mainly it’s only New York Comic-Con and FanExpo in Toronto.

Andy, Conor and Anthony at WonderCon 2010. Oh, the memories...

Andy, Conor and Anthony at WonderCon 2010. Oh, the memories…

We will be selling and signing books and ShakesGeare all weekend at Booth D-13.  Come by and visit us and we’ll sing a song, crack a joke, or give you a Canadian-ism.

Conor is also sitting on an IDW panel (details TBA) so look for that as well.

Anaheim, here we come!

 

Pre-Order Your Copy of The Mask of Night #1!

We’re two months away from the release of the first issue of our new mini-series The Mask of Night, and that means… It’s now available in Previews magazine at comic book shops for pre-ordering!

If you’re super-excited about the new mini-series please head to a comic book shop (you can find your closest one here) and pre-order your copy (or copies, of course) of the issue.  It’s going to be a great one – we’re really enjoying playing with our two new characters (Captain Cesario and Viola) and Andy B‘s art (combined with Shari H‘s colouring) is so incredible!

The cover of The Mask of Night #1 by Andy Belanger

The cover of The Mask of Night #1 by Andy Belanger

 

You have until the end of the month to pre-order your copy but don’t wait – pick it up now!  Just order it directly from your retailer (or give them the order code of APR140389.

Kill Shakespeare en route to Emerald City!

It’s been pretty busy here on my end, with writing deadlines on the new Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night comic series arc, work on the board game, other Kill Shakespeare projects (to be announced later this year) and some other new stuff (including a big personal event).  But as the weather starts to get a little warmer (well, it’s supposed to get warmer, but hasn’t done so here in Toronto yet…) a new season is upon us – spring convention season!

Conor and I will be busy again over the next two months with a lot of appearances at conventions across North America and Europe (look out MCM London Expo!).  We did a small warm-up with the Toronto Comic-Con two weeks ago and now things start in earnest this weekend with… Emerald City Comic-Con in Seattle!

One of the things I love most is the line-up at ECCC and the music playing as the doors open...

One of the things I love most is the line-up at ECCC and the music playing as the doors open…

I attended Emerald City two years ago and was blown away by not only how big the show is but how much fun it is.  It’s a great group of people that run the event and there’s an amazing roster of talent that will be attending this year.

I will be at the show the entire weekend at our Table O-09 (WSCC Level 4) so come by and say hello, pick up a copy of our books, grab some ShakesGeare merchandise, etc.

I am also on two panels/workshops over the weekend, and they are:

New Comic Trends: Is ‘Literary’ the New ‘Superhero’?
Are fantasy, myth, historical and talking animal stories replacing superheroes as the most interesting comic tales of the day? David Petersen (Mouse Guard), Bryan J.L. Glass (Mice Templar), Anthony Del Col (Kill Shakespeare) and Adam Knave (Amelia Cole) debate this, with Stephanie Cooke moderating.

Saturday, March 29, 5:20pm, Hall C, (Rooms 610)

 

How to Market Your Indie Comic to the Masses
This entertaining workshop – sold out last year! – will find IDW Publishing’s Kill Shakespeare creator (and marketer) Anthony Del Col show you how to get your comics into the fans of readers, retailers and reviewers.

 Sunday, March 30, 12:00pm, ROOM 2B.

So if you’re at this year’s show swing by and say hello! I look forward to seeing everyone there!

 

 

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!

Kill Shakespeare returns to Kitchener-Waterloo!

It’s been a while since any of the Kill Shakespeare have done a signing in the Kitchener-Waterloo area so this weekend provides us a chance to return.

While Conor attends the Miami Book Fair (such a rough life he leads…), Anthony will be attending the G33K Art Show in Kitchener, ON this Friday and Saturday.

G33K Art Show

Friday night will feature the Gala Opening of the show, at which KILL SHAKESPEARE: REINVENTED will be making its debut.  Featuring voice actors, animation and (most importantly) circus performers (with fire), it should be the most inventive take on our story.  The show is at 8pm and info about tickets can be purchased here, being held at Kitchener City Hall.  Check out this video for a preview:

And on Saturday I will be exhibiting at the show throughout the entire day (11a – 8p) and also conducting two workshops: “How to Pitch and Market Your Comic” from 1-2pm and then “What Goes Through Your Head? – A Panel about Art, Industry and More” with myself and good friend Scott Chantler.

So if you’re in the K-W area come out and  say hello, pick up a book, tshirt or anything else – it’ll be great to see you!

 

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

 

Los Angeles, Stan Lee and “The Logo”

logoWith Anthony still recovering from his whirlwind two week trip through Ol’ Blighty, Conor has stepped into the breach (once more) to take Kill Shakespeare West — to Stan Lee’s Comikaze show.

The red-headed member of the team will try to keep California’s punishing rays from burning him to a Crips crisp during the show which kicks off at 1:00 PM on Friday and then starts at 9:00 am on Saturday and Sunday.

The convention centre in downtown L.A. where the third annual Comikaze is happening

The convention centre in downtown L.A. where all the magic is happening.

For our West Coast fans this is your chance top get a copy of the NEWLY RELEASED Volume 3: The Tide of Blood as well as get your hands on our hot new “Shakespeare Fighter t-shirt” a shirt that is selling so well Conor had to steal our on-line inventory just to make sure he’d have some to sell in L.A.

Angelenos are VERY fashion conscious, so hurry up and grab a shirt before they snap them all up.

Angelenos are VERY fashion conscious, so hurry up and grab a shirt before they snap them all up.

The Kill Shakespeare Booth is in Artist Alley booth 935 – AA935 in the program.

Come out and see Conor, have a chat, grab a book. or shirt, and come revel in a geeky great time this weekend!

Hmmmm, maybe Conor got here a WEE bit early...

Hmmmm, maybe Conor got here a WEE bit early…

 

Oh, and because Anthony and Conor are HUGE basketball nerds — how could either take a trip to L.A. and not come away with a photo outside the Staples Centre, especially one of Lakers star Jerry “The Logo” West?

The Logo, Jerry West.

The man who the NBA based their logo after, Jerry West.

 

Kill Shakespeare in England!

One trip ends, another begins…

After a hugely successful New York Comic-Con I’m heading to England for a week-and-a-bit to take part in some fun events over there.

First off is the 1st ever Lakes International Comic Arts Festival in Kendal (northern England).  It’s a brand new initiative and I was added as a last-minute artist guest.  I will be in the Comics Clock Tower all weekend (Sat, Oct 19-Sun, Oct 20), a cool spot at the show.  I’m looking forward to seeing how the show is this year – and I’ve heard such amazing things about that part of the country!

I will then return to England to do a talk at Shakespeare’s Globe for Dr. Farah Karim-Cooper‘s class (and other guests).  I’m pretty chuffed (British term, I believe…) for this one – I was in awe when on tour of the Globe last year (my first visit) and this should be a great time.

No, I won't be on the stage...

Finally, I will be appearing at the London Comic-Con on Fri, Oct 25 – Sun, Oct 27th.  I attended the show back in May and it was a great time with great sales, so I’m really looking forward to attending again.

Will anyone check *my* passport...?

As you may or may not be able to tell, I really like England and am looking forward to the trek again.  It’ll be great to see friends like Emma Vieceli, Andrew Tunney, Yishan Li and others – at either show.  I’m also really chuffed to see Punchdrunk’s latest production, The Drowned Man (attending on Wednesday).

Hopefully I’ll see my British fellows while I’m there!