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Published on March 14th, 2013 | by Devin

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Interview with Anthony del Col and Conor McCreery of “Kill Shakespeare”, Part 3

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.

Who is your favourite literary villain and why?

Anthony: Great question!  It may seem like I’m very Shakespeare-centric but I’ll say Iago (from Othello).  Despite the fact that you know he’s a villain he’s so charismatic and charming that by the end of the story you’re almost rooting for him to succeed.  Other candidates would be the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wizard of Oz) and Nurse Ratchett from One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.

C:onor Wow. By favourite I am going to go with the villains I hated the most, the ones I did not want to feel empathy for – and as my wife will tell you that’s hard because I am a giant softy.  I’m going to go with a pair of real pigs. Napoleon from Animal Farm and Detective Sergeant Bruce Robertson from Irvine Welsh’s Filth. 

I hate Napoleon because he represents everything that can be wrong with power and the people who pursue it (a bit of Nurse Ratchett there).While the Detective Sergeant is a despicable monster who destroys the life of everyone he meets. And then JUST when the story lets you feel some empathy for him his final acts make you realize he’s learned nothing. I suppose I actually pity the Detective a little…

Who is your favourite Shakespearean character, and which is your favourite play?

A: It sounds cliché but my current favourite Shakespearean character is Hamlet.  He’s such a fascinating individual – the smartest man in the room that is playing games with everyone around him – including himself.  Such a whirlwind of personality and insecurities!  As for play, I will say Othello, just because it’s delicious to see Iago spin his webs of deceit throughout the tale.

C: My favourite play is also Othello. The tragedy is so heart-rending. Othello, the strongest, most noble, character actually ends up believing what Iago tells him, that he is too old and too black for Desdemona to love, because that is the way the world wants him to see himself. It fascinates me that Shakespeare could write something so insightful in an era we don’t tend to think of for its racial equality.

As for my favourite character? Iago is amazing. Trying to ferret out what drives that slippery Spaniard is my favourite pastime. I have a few good theories though. I also really like Marcus Brutus – from Julius Caesar. He’s sort of the anti-Iago in a lot of ways.

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The latest series of Kill Shakespeare, Tide of Blood, launched on February 20th. 

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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