Comics

The Mask of Night collected edition is out next week!

I’m excited to announce that the collected trade paperback of THE MASK OF NIGHT is being released next week in comic shops around the world (and bookstores will be the following week).  So if you’re looking for a great holiday gift idea for that comic and/or Shakespeare fan in your circle, our fourth volume could be it!

Cover by Andy Belanger

Cover by Andy Belanger

This collected book includes the original four issues, a new backup story detailing the backstory of our protagonist’s brother Sebastian (tying it into our Kill Shakespeare universe), and a page-by-page dissection of script-to-artwork.

We’re excited to see the final product when it arrives (after LA port delays) and we know you will too!

Kill Shakespeare in London!

Though I’m still recovering from the melee that was the New York Comic-Con this past weekend, I am now preparing for one final comic-con (for me) this year. And is it not fitting that it’ll be in the place that Shakespeare became famous – London, England?

The MCM London show last October - completely packed and crazy!

The MCM London show last October – completely packed and crazy!

Yes, I’m heading to London next week for the London MCM Comic-Con. Conor attended the show back in May and I attended a couple of the show last year and they were all great. It’s an amazing city with a huge appetite for anything geek (and Shakespeare). There are a great group of organizers involved and the crowds are huge and wild.

The show takes place next Friday (October 24) until Sunday (the 26th) and I will be there all three days. Once I have my exact table number (and panel info) I’ll post them online but it shouldn’t be too hard to find me at the show.

So if you’re in London please spread the word – the Canadian is invading! The Canadian is invading!

 

Two books released next Wednesday (October 1st)!

Well, when it rains, it pours…

Next week is going to be a busy one for us as we are releasing on Wed, Oct 1st not one but TWO comic book issues on the same day!

First off, we are releasing the fourth and final issue of our latest Kill Shakespeare mini-series, THE MASK OF NIGHT. Betrayed by the vicious cannibal Captain Lucius, Viola and Hamlet must undertake an odds-defying mission to punish a murder most foul.  It’s an ending that features adventure, romance, revenge, amazing art (by Andy Belanger) and death – all the good parts of a Shakespearean tale.

And we’re quite proud to release the debut issue of our new series with Dynamite Comics, SHERLOCK HOLMES vs HARRY HOUDINI. In this first issue, famed detective Sherlock Holmes and brash showman Harry Houdini must combine forces to defeat a mysterious mystic dedicated to destroying Houdini’s career and anyone who gets in his way.

We quite enjoyed the ability to bring these two larger-than-life figures together and see what happens when they first meet.  Do they become BFFs? Do they get under each other’s skin?  And who is worthy of doing battle with both (if there is anyone at all)?  We are working with talented Carlos Furuzuno and the talented team at Dynamite Comics to bring our story to life.

The Mask of Night #4 cover by Andy Belanger; Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini Cover B by John Cassady.

The Mask of Night #4 cover by Andy Belanger; Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini Cover B by John Cassady.

To read a preview of the first couple pages of Holmes vs. Houdini, click here.

 

So go to your local comic shop next Wednesday and check out both issues!

 

Rose City, here we come!

It’s going to be a busy September for us as between Conor and I we attend three comic conventions.  Conor is attending Montreal (Sept 12-14) and Edmonton (Sept 26-28) and he’ll be posting information about those shows soon… And for me? I get to make Kill Shakespeare’s first attendance at a show… The Rose City Comic-Con in Portland (Sept 20-21)!

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(Yes, cue jokes about Portlandia…)

I’m quite excited to check out the show. I’ve heard great things about Portland and have a few friends/colleagues in the city so it’ll be great to catch up with them. I’ve heard amazing things about the comic scene in the city so am looking forward to tap into that while visiting.

I will be at Table V-12 (you can find a map here). Come to the show and say hello!

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!

special edition logo

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!