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Published on February 14th, 2013 | by Devin

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Interview with Anthony del Col and Conor McCreery of “Kill Shakespeare”, Part 1

Anthony del Col and Conor McCreery are the co-creators and co-writers of the Shakespearean, revisionist comic book series Kill Shakespeare. In this multi-part interview, they talk about their writing process, their favourite stories and characters, writing in the comic book medium and more.

What book would you give to your 14 year old self?

Anthony: Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen.  It’s one of the quintessential romance stories of all time and it would have been great to have been exposed to Austen earlier in my life. Conor: I hadn’t taken that many chances with literature when I was younger so maybe something like Thompson’s Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas or Pynchon’s The Crying of Lot 49. I think my 14-year old self would have been a bit shocked, but would have enjoyed them.

What book from your childhood do you read over and over again?

A: Gordon Korman’s No Coins, Please.  Not only is it a really funny and engaging story (a 12-year old boy with more chutzpah than you’ll ever see) but it’s also the story that Conor and I first started to work on together (we tried to get the film rights to adapt it for the big screen). C: I’ve always had a soft spot for the The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams. That and Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree. Both are so bittersweet and those are the best children’s stories to me.

What book do/did you enjoy reading aloud to your children?

A: I don’t have children but I have enjoyed chatting about The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe with my niece and nephew.  It’s such a great fantasy adventure story. C: I’m also childless, but if I do ever have a son or daughter I’d love to read them the same Grimm’s fairy tales I was read as a child. They were the original ones, which were always wonderfully creepy. And of course I’d make sure they read Heinrich Hoffman’s Struwwelpeter.

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The latest series of Kill Shakespeare, Tide of Blood, will be launched on February 20th. The creators will be holding a launch party at Paradise Comics that day.

You can find more information about Kill Shakespeare at the comic’s website, as well as its Facebook and Twitter accounts.

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