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Published on April 25th, 2013 | by Devin

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Interview with Anthony del Col and Conor McCreery of “Kill Shakespeare”, Part 6

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.

Do you ever get writer’s block, and if so, how do you handle it?

Anthony: The great thing about working with collaborators is that when I’m challenged in a certain part of the story I can bounce ideas off of them.  When I’m by myself and suffering from writer’s block, I go for a walk to clear my head and get away from the pressures of the open laptop and blank page.

Conor: Usually it’s just a matter of doing what Douglas Adams says: “You just stare at a blank screen until your eyes bleed” — although, at its worst that can take hours. I’m stubborn that way. I also find that writing notes, in pencil, always pencil, and always on a yellow pad, helps as well.

Did you find writing for comics different than other writing you’ve done?

A: Absolutely.  Comics is a very visual medium so not only am I conceiving the key aspect of the story but I’m also thinking of key visual elements that artist Andy Belanger can really sink his teeth into.

C: I’ve mostly written short stories and screenplays and comic scripts are quite different. A lot of the writing is actually a conversation with the artist so it can be pretty informal. But as Anthony says the challenge, and the opportunity, of creating visual metaphors really revs me up.

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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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