Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Kill Shakespeare

OMG, have you guys heard of this?!

A friend of mine just told me about Kill Shakespeare, the graphic novel that pits Shakespeare's greatest heroes and heroines against his most notable villains all in the quest to save--or kill--a mysterious wizard otherwise known as William Shakespeare.

Before I even got to the description this book trailer cinched it for me. I have to read this book series!

Here's the description:
Conceived and written by Canadian-based creators Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col, this comic book series is a dark take on the Bard and his work, pitting his greatest heroes against his most menacing villains.

Kill Shakespeare is true to the Bard's canon, yet also accessible to a wide range of readers. The series offers an edgy interpretation of Shakespeare's most famous characters, bringing Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Puck and others together for an epic adventure.

Creators Del Col and McCreery bring their love of Shakespeare, independent film, and a combination of marketing and writing experience to their first comic book project. Artist Andy Belanger rises to the challenge of interpreting some of the most famous characters in the world.

Del Col and McCreery discuss the inspiration for the series in more detail here:

To learn more about the series check out here and here.

This reminds me a little of the "mash-up" trend taking the publishing industry by storm (e.g. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies). I never would have thought to take old world Will Shakespeare's work into the visual and vibrant world of graphic novels but now that I see the vision, the two seem so complemented with one another--and fun! I also love the idea of the various heroes and villains transcending books into a world where they all co-exist. I'm definite stoked to get reading on this.

What book(s) are you excited to get your hands on?

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