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Kill Shakespeare @ FanExpo this weekend!

While I refuse to acknowledge that the summer will be ending soon and the autumn beginning, I do recognize that one of the events that marks the countdown to fall is one of my favorite comic-cons, FanExpo Canada in Toronto.  It’s our hometown crowd and we always have a blast catching up with fellow Torontonians as well as meet our fans and earn new ones along the way.

And yes, we will be attending this year’s show, which is this weekend (Thu,Aug 28 – Sun, Aug 31) at the Metro Convention Centre in downtown Toronto.

You can find us at Table P31 all weekend with books, issues, tshirts, stories and jokes. Yes, jokes! Come and say hello!

FanExpo this weekend!

FanExpo this weekend!

You may even be able to find Anthony and Conor's doppelgangers, Sam and Keith!

You may even be able to find Anthony and Conor’s doppelgangers, Sam and Keith!

 

 

 

Mask of Night #3 is out next week (Aug 27th)!

Yes, the headline is correct… After a slate of very positive reviews for Issue #2, our third (and penultimate) issue of THE MASK OF NIGHT  is out next Wednesday (the 27th)!

(And yes, it’s also an exciting day as it’s my birthday… But I digress…)

Here are the two covers for the issue… Which one do you like best?

The Mask of Night #3 Cover B by JK Woodward

The Mask of Night #3 Cover B by JK Woodward

The Mask of Night #3 Cover A by Andy Belanger

The Mask of Night #3 Cover A by Andy Belanger

 

 

 

Three Days in Boston (this weekend)

It’s a busy week for us with prepping the final issue of The Mask of Night (Andy Belanger’s artwork is really amazing, and the issue should really allow for colorist Shari Chankhamma to shine as well), putting together the hard cover Backstage Edition, doing some work on our upcoming Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini series, and a bunch of other things.  As well, I’m gearing up for one of my favourite shows…

Boston Comic-Con 2014!

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I will be at Table D709 the entire weekend. It’s great as I’ll be seated next to fellow Canuck creator Ramon Perez and amazing artist Marcio Takara. You can access a floor plan for the show here.

I am also reprising my How to Pitch Your Comic workshop on Sunday at 11am in Waterfront Ballroom 1 (full event schedule here).  It was a packed crowd last year and I received a great response and they asked me to return, which I am honoured to do.  If you’re trying to break into comics it’s a great way to learn the ins-and-outs of the pitching process.

So if you’re in Boston please come and visit – last year was a great time and this year should be even better!

Anthony with Boston Comic-con chief organizer Jim.

Anthony with Boston Comic-con chief organizer Jim.

Our New Project!

Though we tend to blog almost exclusively on our Kill Shakespeare ventures, I figured that I would put a mention here of an upcoming comic book series that Conor and I are working on – and has just been announced this morning!

Conor and I will be working with Dynamite Comics on SHERLOCK HOLMES VS. HARRY HOUDINI, a new five-issue series debuting this October in comic shops around the world!

Looks like BleedingCool.com got the scoop on the series and posted the press release here. It appears as though they have my name wrong (I guess I’m now Spanish…?) but other than that it’s great to see the news become public.

And here is one of the covers – really cool!

Holmes & Houdini Cover!

Holmes & Houdini Cover!

Both Conor and I are quite excited about the series (I’m a big fan of the BBC Sherlock of recent years) and I can’t wait for everyone to read it when it comes out!

The Mask of Night is revealed tomorrow!

Conor and I are currently in LA for meetings but being here will also give us a chance to celebrate the release of our new series, THE MASK OF NIGHT!

The award winning series returns with a high seas tale of pirate battles, vengeance and lost love.  Hamlet, Juliet, Othello and Shakespeare become pawns in a deadly game of survival between the legendary masked pirate Captain Cessario, his first mate Viola, and the new terror on the water, Titus Andronicus’ forbidding war ship The Lavinia.

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

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

Look for it in comic shops across North America tomorrow – Wednesday, June 18th!

 

 

Kill Shakespeare in New York!

It feels like such a long time since I’ve attended a convention (when in reality it’s only been about six week or so)… But that (self-perceived) drought ends this weekend as I’m attending Special Edition: NYC!

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This is a new convention and an extension of the uber-popular New York Comic-Con held every year in October.  I  figured that since I’m currently staying in New York I should check out the show and bring with me copies of our three volumes as well something brand new – copies of the first issue of The Mask of Night before it’s even released (released next Wednesday, June 18th)!

I will be at Table O2 all weekend so come by and visit!

The show is on Saturday (the 14th) and Sunday (the 15th) at the Javits Centre North (for those that have been to NYCC before it’s where Artists Alley always is).  It’ll be a smaller and more intimate show so I’m really looking forward to that aspect, as well as hanging out with some really talented fellow artists and creators.

So come on by and check out the show!

 

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…