The Canadian comic book series "Kill Shakespeare," co-created by Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery, was recently nominated for a Joe Shuster Award, a gala event that took place this past weekend in Calgary.
The Awards were part of the city's Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.
In this dark tale, the Bard’s most famous heroes embark on a journey to discover a long-lost soul. Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Falstaff, Romeo, and Puck search for a reclusive wizard (William Shakespeare) who may have the ability to assist them in their battle against the evil forces led by the villains Richard III, Lady Macbeth and Iago. A combination of “Fables”, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” and “Lord of the Rings”, Kill Shakespeare offers a remixed re-envisioning of the greatest characters of all-time, featuring action, romance, comedy, lust, drama, and bloody violence.
More than 50000 copies of "Kill Shakespeare" have been printed in a dozen countries. In fact, it has proven to be a big draw with teens by offering them a visual of these often-challenging literary works.
In a recent CBC interview it was reported that the co-founders of "Kill Shakespeare" have hopes for international success that will allow them to move beyond the printed word and into big-screen movies, video games and action figures.
The Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards Association was established in 2004 as a not-for-profit organization, and the Awards Association hands out the annual Joe Shuster Awards – by doing so they bring recognition and raise awareness of the efforts made by Canadians who produce, publish and sell comic books, web-comics and graphic novels.