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IDW Games announces the Kill Shakespeare Art Team

Today, IDW Games announced it had signed J.K. Woodward and Dave Dorman to be the art team for their launch title, Kill Shakespeare. Woodward’s work has been a mainstay at IDW since 2005, where he helped relaunch Fallen Angel before moving on to various Star Trek series, including last-year’s best-selling Star Trek: The Next Generation/Doctor Who maxi-series. Dave Dorman is an Eisner Award-winning artist known for his extensive work in the fantasy genre, including Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and much more.

Woodward has been brought on to create the art that will be featured on the playing cards for the game while Dorman will paint an original piece for the Kill Shakespeare box’s art. This debut title has a planned release date of June 2014.

With a release date of next summer, the news is starting to heat up for IDW Games. Fans can go to www.idwgames.com and subscribe to a newsletter that will keep them up to date on all the latest announcements and developments.

IDW Publishing Previews: 10/9/13

The Colonized

Chris Ryall (w) • Drew Moss (a) • Francesco Francavilla (c)

A spaceship crashes into a separatist camp and manages to reanimate the dead! Now, cut off from any military aid, it’s Aliens vs. Zombies vs. Militiamen in a carnage-filled tale from the writer/creator of Zombies vs Robots!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-735-0

Danger Girl: Trinity

Andy Hartnell (w) • John Royle, Stephen Molnar, Harvey Tolibao (a) • J. Scott Campbell (c)

It’s three times the ACTION, three times the THRILLS, and three times the DANGER!!! Abbey, Sydney, and Sonya embark on three different knuckle-clenching adventures, each an epic tale of intrigue and derring-do, and each drawn by a different fantastic artist.

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-736-7

Ghostbusters #8

Erik Burnham (w) • Evan “Doc” Shaner (a) Claire Hummel (c)

The Ghostbusters have their hands full in this issue! Kylie, Peter, and Ray have boarded the John Milton to meet its restless captain — the stubborn spirit of a teenager who was lost at sea in the ship’s original sinking!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. Joe: Special Missions #8

Chuck Dixon (w) • S L Gallant (a) • Paul Gulacy, Gallant (c)

A peace-promoting diplomat is gunned down and barely escapes with his life. The world watches as the man lies at death’s door in a high security facility. COBRA is watching as well and mounts an all-out cyber-assault to take their target down once and for all. Mainframe and Dial-Tone are the last line of defense in a deadly chess game with COBRA’s entire cyber-war division. The Joes pray for peace but program for war in DENIAL OF SERVICE!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

G.I. JOE: Special Missions, Vol. 1

Chuck Dixon (w) • Paul Gulacy (a) • Sean Chen (c)

The legendary team of Chuck Dixon and Paul Gulacy lead the G.I. Joe team undercover and into action! The BARONESS tries to get back into COBRA’s good graces—and it’s up to SCARLETT to assemble a team to take the villainess down!

TPB • FC • $17.99 • 104 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-737-4

Jinnrise, Vol. 1

Sohaib Awan & Tom Taylor (w) • Tony Vassallo, Mark Torres, Andrew Huerta (a) • Tony Vassallo (c)

International student Andrew Marcus’ world is torn asunder when interstellar forces, the “Kibrani,” invade earth. With all hope seemingly lost, humanity’s last chance may be a long-despised and forgotten race: the Jinn (otherwise known as “genies”)! But are they our hope… or greatest fear? Combining the best of summer blockbuster fare and quest myths like Lord of the Rings, Jinnrise is a modern re-introduction to global myth.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 124 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-752-7

Judge Dredd #11

Duane Swierczynski (w) • Nelson Daniel (a & c)

Into the Cursed Earth,” part 3—It’s tough living in irradiated flyover country. But it’s even tougher to fight your way through it—especially when a mutant hillbilly gang is after your Lawgiver, your Land Raider, and your multi-eyed precog partner, and well… your hide. (“It’s almost supper time, Paw!”) And what that’s rumbling in the hills? Something 250 million years old, and just itching for a comeback?

Judge Dredd’s nightmare road trip to save the soul(s) of Mega-City One continues here! Don’t miss out, creep!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 3: The Tide of Blood

Conor McCreery & Anthony Del Col (w) • Andy Belanger (a & c)

With Richard III and Lady Macbeth defeated, Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, and Romeo face an even greater danger—Prospero, a rogue wizard who plans to destroy all of creation. Hamlet must embark on a perilous journey to a remote island whose inhabitants have gone mad and want the Dane’s blood… if they aren’t beaten to the chase by one of Hamlet’s allies.

TPB • FC • $19.99 • 140 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-732-9

KISS Kids #2 (of 4)

Chris Ryall, Tom Waltz (w) • Jose Holder (a & c)

It’s Back to School time for the Kiss Kids! The Kids try to navigate new school clothes, science fairs, and evil doppelganger robots, among other hurdles to rockin’ all night and partyin’ (after nap-time) all day…

 FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Magic: The Gathering Ongoing #1

Jason Ciaramella (w) • Martin Coccolo (a) • Eric Deschamps (c)

DACK FAYDEN RETURNS! After eliminating Sifa Grent, the Planeswalker that destroyed his hometown, Dack has settled down in Ravnica to do what he does best: break in and steal the secrets from Ravnica’s rarest artifacts. But upon uncovering the half of a strange gauntlet, Dack is led to a strange new plane: the realm of THEROS, a sun-dappled ruled by gods and inhabited by mythological beasts!

FC • 32 pages • $4.99

Mars Attacks Judge Dredd #2 (of 4)

Al Ewing (w) • John McCrea (a) • Greg Staples (c)

The Martian mayhem continues in Mega-City One! It’s all-out gang war as the Martians help muscle in on as much territory as possible. Meanwhile, Dredd brings in one of the Mafia dons for interrogation, and what Judge Anderson discovers sends chills down her spine. And what’s inside the mysterious sphere found in the Mafia nightclub?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Memory Collectors #1 (of 3)

 menton3 (w & a & c)

Three jaded fetish models are unexpectedly thrown into a violent world and made to confront a horrible and unperceived truth: Hidden among us are entities that feed on the very thing we hold most sacred, our memories. No longer content with their lives as hunted cattle, they become the hunters.

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

My Little Pony: The Magic Begins

Various (w & a & c)

The celebrated animated series comes to book shelves! Revisit the habitants of Equestria and learn about the magic that friendship brings in this adaptation of the television series.

TPB • FC • $7.99 • 112 pages • 5” x 7” • ISBN 978-1-61377-754-1

Popeye Classics #15

Bud Sagendorf (w & a & c)

“I want to personally thank everyone for the TREMENDOUS response to our Bud Sagendorf Popeye reprints. The many emails I’ve received from the fans and the high praise from the critics are so exciting! Sagendorf is getting his due and being compared to Carl Barks and John Stanley. And who doesn’t love POPEYE?! Now this issue is one of my favesI loved it when Bud took Popeye out west. Plus I love the extra feature pages Bud drew for this ish! You will, too! Thanks again Popeye fans!” Craig Yoe

FC • 52 pages • $3.99

Transformers Classics, Vol. 6

Simon Furman (w) • Jose Delbo, Geoff Senior, Dwayne Turner & Andrew Wildman (a) • Guido Guidi (c)

The historic comic book roots of THE TRANSFORMERS are re-presented for maximum Cybertronian enjoyment. Freshly re-mastered and re-colored, these stories are accompanied by an in-depth introduction as well as select issue notes by Mark W. Bellomo.

TPB • FC • $24.99 • 284 pages • ISBN 978-1-61377-764-0

Transformers: Robots in Disguise #21

John Barber (w) • Andrew Griffith and Livio Ramondelli (a) • Griffith, Casey Coller (c)

SHOCKPOINT! In the wastelands of CYBERTRON, SHOCKWAVE makes his move—and SOUNDWAVE and the DECEPTICONS step up to stop him! While the battle of the century rocks the ancient ruins of the Crystal City, dig back into the history of these titanic rivals!

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Triple Helix #1 (of 4)

 John Byrne (w & a & c)

Where TRIO stopped, HELIX starts! There’s a MONSTER on the loose in the City… but will the mysterious CHANGELINGS of TRIPLE HELIX destroy it before they realize it’s really an old FRIEND?

FC • 32 pages • $3.99

Review – Kill Shakespeare: The Tide of Blood #1

KS-TOB-Cover-A-Final-Small-259x400For this special review of Kill Shakespeare: The Tide of Blood #1, we’ve got dueling reviews, including our resident “Shakespeare expert” Kalyn.

First up Kalyn’s review

The latest installment of Kill Shakespeare picks up with the intrepid team shortly after Shakespeare has gone off wandering.  Now that King Richard III is gone, Titus (presumably Titus Andronicus) is the encroaching enemy – which does not bode well for our band of warriors and makes the presence (and disappearance) of Tamora in the previous volumes even more interesting.  Titus is renowned for his violent nature so the newly-formed army may be in deep trouble.  He and Tamora share a revenge-filled story so her existence in the realm is sure to cause some problems for many people later in the story.

Juliet has clearly embraced her new role as general and new love, Hamlet, and seems quite happy with the life she has created.  She continues to grow in a leadership role and as a person.  While she does seem blind at times to what others are feeling and thinking, she does appear to be a leader the people trust – especially since The Shadow King is her biggest fan.  Romeo, on the other hand, is not doing well with the discovery that his great love is still alive and with the presence of Hamlet in her new life.  He continues to retain his good qualities of loyalty and courage, but struggles with how to deal with the new roles they all face.  He seems to be content with taking some extreme risks in order to prove his place in the new order.

The story really picks up when Miranda, daughter of Prospero, shows up.  With one of the great magician’s books, she convinces the team to travel to Prospero’s island to free him.  After a rough time at sea, they arrive at the island.  This is where this volume ends, setting up so many questions for future installments.  I’m wondering if there will be a romantic conflict between Romeo and Ferdinand for Miranda; where Caliban is going to show up and how much turmoil he’s going to cause; if Prospero is the good guy he has been made out to be or if he has manipulated Miranda into dragging the team to his island for a more evil plan; and what is going to happen back in the realm with Titus running loose and no leader to stop him.

Again, the Kill Shakespeare team does a wonderful job of using the characters we know from the original plays in a new story without losing their essential nature.  I love the small bits thrown out to Shakespeare fans (“suffer his slings and arrows”, “loyal” Lysander showing up as a minor character) and the way they incorporate these into this new tale.  The growth of familiar characters beyond the original plays happens in a way that feels organic to each of them – not an easy task – and the adventures are exciting and keep me coming back over and over again.  This is a series that has something for a lot of different types of readers and one I would recommend for almost anyone.

Story: 8.5 Art: 7.5 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Read

And Brett’s review

Page-4-260x400I’m not the biggest fan of Shakespeare. I’ve mentioned that in every previous review I’ve done of the Kill Shakespeare series. The first volume of the series was excellent in that you could enjoy it without knowing a lot about Shakespeare’s creations. Knowing added to the story, but wasn’t vital. Still, at times I felt my lack of knowledge hurt a bit and forced me to consult the Google to see what I was missing. Very enjoyable, but I felt left out of the fun at times.

This second volume picks up a bit after the first volume. The victorious rebels are now forced to create a new government, while their “god” has gone awol. A threat looms at their fledgling nation’s border in Titus.

Much of the first issue focuses on Romeo. He’s a warrior whose former love is with another and whose war has for the most part come to an end. So, he does what you’d expect, drink. However, a direction comes in the form of a mysterious woman who seeks his help and sets him on an adventure. Romeo wasn’t a major character in the first volume, but he’s front and center here.

What I found interesting is that I didn’t quite feel like I was missing out on the Shakespeare references with this first issue. I’m sure there’s tons I’ve missed, and I hope one day to get a director’s commentary with lots of notes and tidbits on all those things I’ve missed. But, the first issue works as a straightforward story. It’s very enjoyable that way without the winks and Shakespeare references.

The first issue sets up a mystery and an adventure and much like the first it’s a lot of fun.

Story: Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col Art: Andy Belanger

Story: 8 Art: 7.75 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

IDW Publishing provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

Review – Kill Shakespeare Vol. 1 and Vol. 2

For her first post, new contributor Kalyn covers the first two volumes of Kill Shakespeare. Warning some SPOILERS!

Since I read Volumes 1 and 2 of Kill Shakespeare together, that’s how I’m going to review them.  Using the plots of the original plays, the traits of the characters, and many of Shakespeare’s famous phrases, this comic has put together a very different world populated by some familiar faces and sets them on a strange quest seeking the creator – William Shakespeare.  Some characters stay very much the same as in their play (Iago) but others (especially the younger set of Juliet, Hamlet, and Romeo) change from their original selves into someone much more interesting.

There are a lot of tidbits in the story for fans of Shakespeare and the classic well-known references for people who got their only exposure in high school English class.  Sometimes it’s an inn or town name, sometimes it’s a line, or reference to something that happened in the past but all of them are little gems for those who can spot them.  As someone who hasn’t studied Shakespeare academically, but has seen many of the plays performed and read many more, I appreciated the references sprinkled throughout the story.

There are some questions and loose ends I hope Volume 3 ties up because I really want to know what Tamora has planned, where Will has disappeared to, and what crazy stuff Lady MacBeth has in store next.  The comic is one that both Shakespeare lovers and those who ran away screaming will enjoy.  It stands well on its own but has references to the original works that are not only enjoyable for those who know them but might inspire others to go find out what they mean.  The creators paid great attention to detail and clearly have love and respect for the original plays but have created their own, very enjoyable story.

Story: Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery Art: Andy Belanger Publisher: IDW Publishing

Story: 7.5 Art: 7 Overall: 8 Recommendation: Buy

NYCC 2012 – Kill Shakespeare Returns to IDW

[Kill Shakespeare New Series Cover Image]IDW Publishing has announced the return of the acclaimed comic series Kill Shakespeare to comic shelves! The first issue of the new five-issue limited series, entitled The Tide of Blood, will hit comic shops across North America and Europe in February of 2013.

Series co-creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery returned to pen the five issues and original artist Andy Belanger is back as the series artist (and also adds cover artist duties). All three are at this week’s New York Comic Con to officially launch the new arc as well as present a special live stage reading based on the first twelve issues of the series that The New York Times called: “gripping, violent, dark, fun.”

The five-issue series – a continuation from the first two books – will follow Hamlet, Juliet, Othello and Romeo as they face their biggest threat – Prospero, a rogue wizard who plans to destroy all of creation.  Hamlet must embark on a perilous journey to a remote island whose inhabitants have gone mad and want the Dane’s blood – if a love triangle and Cupid’s poisoned bow doesn’t kill Hamlet first.

To date, Kill Shakespeare has been collected into two trades: A Sea of Troubles and The Blast of War.  Both were nominated for numerous awards and lists and Volume 1 is entering a fifth printing.

The series has also been brought to the stage with the creation of the Kill Shakespeare: Live Stage Reading theatrical show.  It has been produced in various cities across North America and will be presented at the New York Comic-Con on Saturday October 13th at 11:00 AM on the Variant Stage. Special Kill Shakespeare and IDW prize packs will be given away to lucky attendees at this free show!

NYCC 2012 – Kill Shakespeare: Live Stage Reading

Fresh off playing to packed and enthusiastic audiences in Tucson and Montreal last month, an abridged version of Kill Shakespeare: The Live Stage Reading– based on the successful IDW Publishing comic book series – makes its American comic convention debut this upcoming Saturday at the New York Comic Con.

The show will run on Saturday, October 13th at 11am on the Variant Stage and will be free for any New York Comic Con attendee. Kill Shakespeare: The Live Stage Reading is a 90-minute interactive stage show that highlights projected images of comic art from the Kill Shakespeare graphic novels and involves actors reading the dialogue as if in a radio drama. This format allows audience members to watch performers improvise music and foley live on-stage. The show also encourages audience participation. The play was originally commissioned by Toronto’s Young Centre for the Performing Arts and performed by the acclaimed Soulpepper Theatre Company in fall, 2011.  Soulpepper Theatre’s Toby Malone has served as dramaturge for the piece.

Adapted by comic creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, Kill Shakespeare: The Live Stage Reading provides viewers with a unique mixture of comic art, radio-play-style drama, music, and audience interaction.

The stage show will be produced in association with New York’s acclaimed Gideon Productions. Artistic director Jordana Williams will direct a special one-hour version of the show and feature some of New York’s top up-and-coming theatrical talent.

New York will mark the fourth stop on Kill Shakespeare’s North American tour having played to full houses in Toronto, Tuscon and Montreal before finishing 2012 in Rochester and capped by an eight show performance in Halifax. In 2013 shows are already booked for Chicago, Toronto and Dubai, with stops at other conventions in the works.

Canadian Comic Creators Cross Channel to Kill Shakespeare in Bard’s Country

Canadian Comic Creators Cross Channel to Kill Shakespeare in Bard’s Country

­­London, UK – The creators of IDW Publishing’s Kill Shakespeare comic book series look to court controversy this month by bringing their take on Shakespeare and his characters to the birth country of the Bard himself this month on a two-week signing and convention tour of England.

“Colonists” Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col will be appearing at the Bristol Comic Expo as well as the Kapow! Comic Convention this month, along with a number of store signings in London, Manchester, Leeds and Stratford-upon-Avon. Series artist Andy Belanger will be joining the duo for the Kapow! Convention and a London signing.  The trip to the U.K. is the final leg of their spring 2012 convention tour, which has seen them make appearances all over North America as well as at the Middle East Film & Comic-Con in Dubai last month.

To prepare for the tour IDW Publishing is proud to announce that they are releasing a fourth printing of Kill Shakespeare Volume 1: A Sea of Troubles.  Originally released in April, 2010, this is the first half of the series that pits the Bard’s greatest heroes against his most menacing villains in a quest to track down and kill – or save – a wizard by the name of William Shakespeare.

IDW is also proud to announce that Del Col and McCreery have received their second straight Joe Shuster Award nomination for Best Writing in a comic series.  The duo is pitted against such talents as Jeff Lemire and Kathryn Immonen in the category.

“We’re quite chuffed to see what people in England think of our take on the Bard,” says McCreery.  “We expect some nay-sayers but we’re eager to show everyone that this project is just as vital a reflection of the Bard’s work as anything coming out of the Globe Theatre or Stratford-on-Avon.”

Kill Shakespeare has been in hot water before after Shakespearean scholar Kimberly Cox denounced the series as “bullshit” and said that “these guys really are helping to kill Shakespeare.”  However, the adventure series, which incorporates Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Puck and others, has received high praise from media such as the New York Times, NPR, BBC, CBC and Fangoria.  The series has also spawned a 90-minute stage show that debuted in association with Toronto’s acclaimed Soulpepper Theatre company in November of 2011 and is scheduled to tour to various locations across North America this fall.

The current signing schedule includes:

Sat, May 12 – Sun, May 13 Bristol Comic Expo
Wed, May 16 Travelling Man (Manchester)
Thu, May 17 Travelling Man (Leeds)
Fri, May 18 Forbidden Planet London Megastore
Sat, May 19 – Sun, May 20 Kapow! Comic Convention

Published by IDW Publishing, more information about the series can be found at www.killshakespeare.com.  The graphic novel is available at all major comic and book stores and digitally through iTunes or ComiXology.

Around the Tubes

It’s a new week, but a short week for the holiday!  Here’s counting down to not new comics, but turkey and pumpkin pie and stuffing…  mmmm.  Well, while you’re waiting, here’s the news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

Pop Culture Monster – Top 27 Lamest Superheros and Villains in Comic Books – Yup, most of these are pretty bad.

ComicsGirl – The Big Bang Theory’s Alice is the future – I’m still not sure what I think about this episode.

Mashable – How Social Media Revived The Muppets – Some good things for creators of comics to learn.

Techcrunch – The Nook Tablet vs. Kindle Fire Drop TestFor those thinking about getting one as a present.

Kotaku – Sunday Comics: Easy Does It – Each week Kotaku brings some great web comics.


Around the Tubes Reviews:

Seattle PI – Kill Shakespeare, Volume Two: The Blast of War

DC Women Kicking Ass – A motherload of reviews

Canadian Creators of Kill Shakespeare Accepted into Prestigious Sundance Story Lab

Official Press Release

Canadian Creators of KILL SHAKESPEARE Accepted into Prestigious Sundance Story Lab

[Kill Shakespeare Volume 2 Cover]San Diego, CA (October 12, 2011)- The Canadian-based creative team of the acclaimed KILL SHAKESPEARE comic book series will descend upon the 2011 New York Comic-Con this weekend to not only release an exclusive sneak peek of their second trade but also announce their invitation to take part in the first-ever Sundance Institute New Frontier Story Lab.

Co-creators Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery are one of six creative teams to be selected from around the globe to take part in the Sundance initiative, taking place in Park City, UT from Oct 23 – 28th.  During their time at the Lab, Del Col and McCreery will work with award-winning creative advisors to bring KILL SHAKESPEARE – an adventure story that places the Bard’s greatest heroes and villains into the same world and story – to film and other formats through individualized story sessions, conversations about key artistic, design and technology issues, and case study presentations.

“We are really excited about becoming ‘Sundance kids’,” says Del Col.  “If Shakespeare was alive today he would be creating not only stage plays but films, video games, comic books and digital media.  We relish the opportunity to work with Sundance to further mash-up our take on the Bard with access to top screenwriters, video game designers and transmedia gurus.”

The creative team will also be unveiling Kill Shakespeare Volume 2: The Blast of War, which collects issues 7 – 12 of the Harvey-nominated series, at the show.  To be released in early November, the creators – along with series artist Andy Belanger – will be selling and signing a limited number of copies out of their booth (#2844), as well as copies of Volume 1 and their new line of ShakesGeare merchandise.

They are also happy to announce that the acclaimed Kill Shakespeare Volume 1: A Sea of Troubles is going into a third-printing this week due to growing demand for the series.

About the series:

Kill Shakespeare is an adventure story that pits all of Shakespeare’s greatest heroes (including Hamlet, Juliet, Falstaff, Othello, Puck) against the Bard’s most menacing villains (including Richard III, Lady Macbeth, Iago) in a quest to track down and kill – or save – a reclusive wizard by the name of William Shakespeare. Described by the New York Times as “gripping, violent and dark fun,” the series was nominated for a 2011 Harvey Award for Best New Comic Series and received profiles from NPR, BBC, The Washington Post, CBC and Publisher’s Weekly.  It also created controversy in 2010 when Shakespearean scholar (and girlfriend of comics legend Frank Miller) Kimberly Cox railed against the title, while others – such as Des McAnuff (Stratford Shakespeare Festival, Jersey Boys) – are fans of it.

More information about the series can be found at www.killshakespeare.com.

About IDW Publishing
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry, including: Hasbro’s The TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; HBO’s True Blood; the BBC’s DOCTOR WHO; Toho’s Godzilla; and comics and trade collections based on novels by worldwide bestselling author, James Patterson. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studio.

IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.

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