Shakespeare in the Funny Pages
Bringing Shakespeare's characters and plays into the modern era
Mya Gosling is the creator of Good Tickle Brain, which she calls "the world's foremost (and very possibly only) stick figure Shakespeare webcomic." Imagine if Shakespeare's characters had text messaging and autocorrect: imagine "a house, a house, my kingdom for a house" — what a different play that would be; or think about , "Once more unto the beach dear friends."
"Kill Shakespeare": Dark tales of a reclusive wizard
Conor McCreery is one of the minds behind Kill Shakespeare — a multi-volume series of graphic novels, described as a "dark tale" in which "the bard's most famous heroes embark upon a journey to discover a long-lost soul." Hamlet, Juliet, Othello, Falstaff, Romeo and Puck search for a reclusive wizard who may have the ability to assist them in their battle against the evil forces led by the villains Richard the Third, Lady Macbeth and Iago. Who is that reclusive wizard? William Shakespeare.
"The comic book thing was tough for some people, because people look at comics as a genre rather than as a medium. 'Oh it's superheroes, and I don't like superheroes, and I'm not a twelve-year-old boy — there's nothing there for me.' I'm very passionate about the idea that comics are a medium, descended from the cave paintings, basically imagery to tell a story." – Conor McCreery
Kill Shakespeare's core conceit is that somewhere out there is a land where all of the Bard's greatest characters co-exist, not as literary constructs, but as flesh and blood humans. Why shouldn't Juliet climb a balcony to see Hamlet, and who wouldn't want to see Lady Macbeth in bed with Richard (figuratively AND literally.)
** This episode was produced by Philip Coulter.