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Published on February 28th, 2013 | by Devin

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Interview with Anthony del Col and Conor McCreery of “Kill Shakespeare”, Part 2

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.

When you start writing a new story, do you write an outline first?  Do you know what the ending will be?

Anthony: I absolutely need to know what the ending will be.  Sometimes the ending comes before the beginning.  Without knowing the ending I find it difficult to understand exactly what the path of the main character will be.

Conor: I didn’t used to write outlines or beat sheets that often, but now I find them very valuable. I don’t always need to know the ending, although I often do, but what I really need to know is what the single, strongest, defining, emotion my character will feel will be.

Do you write biographies of your characters before you start writing?

A: Not complete biographies but I do know the main aspects of a character – their motivations, how they will change through the story, and some other key aspects to them (key personal events in their lives, etc.).

C: I like to have pretty in-depth maps of my characters but I’ll admit I do a lot of it in my head.

What’s next for “Kill Shakespeare”?

A: We are launching another five issues, beginning this month (February, 2013) and we continue to tour our stage production across North America and overseas (Dubai) in spring 2013.

C: We’re also working on the latest draft of a screenplay and are looking to create a mobile game and an enhanced graphic novel that will let people use the power of tablets to dive more deeply into the world of The Bard and our world.

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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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