If you have been a reader of our site for a while, then the names Conor McCreery and Anthony Del Col should ring a bell. Well, this time around they have changed gears a bit. Teaming up with Carlos Furuzono, they will be releasing their debut issue of Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini this Wednesday (October 1st) in comic book stores around the world (along with Kill Shakespeare: The Mask of Night #4). You can check out a preview for Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini here. If you like a good story, great artwork, and historical mash-ups: this will be right up your dark alley!
What sounds like some kind of odd cartoon animal character running an entertainment company is actually a few odd characters who draw cartoons. Ryan Sohmer and Lar DeSouza have made an appearance at Fan Expo for as long as I can remember covering it. They have a number of different web comics, some of which have the distinction of making it to print. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes irreverent, their works use humour to address poignant social issues. Of course, at other times, they just draw funny comics.
It started off looking pretty good…
Most of my time these days has been spent self-publishing comic books, which can be a very time-consuming endeavour. Between writing, setting up files for prints, and actually finding a reliable printer at an affordable price (all without mention of promotion and sales)…lets just say I’ve been a little bit busy. That’s why when Papa Thumbs floated by the opportunity to review an online, on-demand printer, I was pretty excited to take on that challenge. Blurb.com is a website where people can upload their photos through Facebook, Instagram, or their own computer and have a book printed. It was also advertised to me as a means of self-publishing comics. All of this had me excited.
If you are a Broadway fan, you may have heard of the name Vivek Tiwary. He is a Tony Award-winning producer and has been involved in shows such as Green Day’s American Idiot, A Raisin in the Sun, and The Addams Family. This November will see Vivek’s first foray into the graphic novel realm with his release of The Fifth Beatle from Dark Horse. The story focuses on the life of Brian Epstein, who Paul McCartney once declared as “the fifth Beatle”. Brian Epstein famously discovered and managed The Beatles from the beginning of their career until his death in 1967, and I jumped at the chance to talk to Vivek about his project during Fan Expo 2013 in Toronto.
At Fan Expo this year I was excited to speak with Aub Driver (the PR mastermind behind Dark Horse) about all of the amazing video game comics that they have been releasing lately. At the Expo, Dark Horse had a modest set-up with shelves of books and a small table with free swag. Little did I know that all of the charisma and energy was stored inside of one man at the booth: the leather clad bad-ass that is Aub Driver. We spent some time chatting about video games and comics. Some of that conversation is below.
A little while ago, Ricky wrote a little piece about a comic called Kill Shakespeare: The Tide of Blood. A collaborative work by Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, and Andy Belanger, the book follows the further adventures of Shakespeare’s characters in their quest to confront Prospero on his island.
Recently, an English nerd’s wet dream (as an English major myself I can attest to this) was released. Kill Shakespeare: The Tide of Blood by Conor McCreery, Anthony Del Col, and Andy Belanger takes Shakespeare’s characters and mashes them together in an action-packed comic. The concept is very similar to Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, both in concept and in execution.