It’s March Mostly-Off! I've picked another personal favorite comic of mine from the archives and have remastered it here in all its high-definition* glory.
*may not actually be high definitiion
Anyways! Here’s Castor the Friendly Ghost!
I’m so easily amused.
When you're a stick figure artist, the main challenge you run into is how to differentiate various characters, because... well... they're all stick figures. Fortunately, many of Shakespeare's main characters have very distinctive characteristics and props that I can use. For the rest of the month we'll be taking a closer look at some of them, starting with The Big Guy:
Note that Hamlet is clean-shaven. While he almost certainly would have originally been played with a beard (by the bearded Richard Burbage), in later generations it was customary for him to be clean-shaven, with Alec Guinness's bearded Hamlet in 1951 creating quite a stir and a rather nasty backlash. Nowadays, of course, you get all sorts of Hamlets: bearded, female, non-white, etc. It's a much more exciting playground now.
But they all have that dang skull. (Well, almost all. I'm looking at you, Maxine Peake...)
I would love to see a production of Hamlet where Laertes and Hamlet duel with live crocodiles instead of swords. Just putting that out there...
September 6: Stratford Festival Forum - Willy Shakes: Fanboy
WHO: Me! And also Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery of the Kill Shakespeare comic book series.
WHAT: Panel discussion on Shakespeare in pop culture and graphic novels. Part of the Stratford Festival Forum series of events.
WHEN: Wednesday, September 6, 10:45am
WHERE: Chalmers Lounge, Avon Theatre, Stratford, Ontario.
WHY: Because they asked me!
HOW: Buy tickets at the Stratford Festival website.
Seeing as tomorrow is (alas) Inauguration Day, I thought I would take some of our incoming president's more recent tweets and match them up with Shakespearean characters... with some strategic alterations where necessary.
The first draft of this comic was, like, all history plays. His tweets match up very well with history plays, alarmingly....
Following up on last Thursday's comic highlighting some of the many mothers missing from Shakespeare's plays, here are some more missing mothers, rightfully restored to their places.
A few thoughts:
- From a dramatic standpoint, there's definitely a reason why Shakespeare left these mothers out in favor of mothers like Volumnia and Margaret of Anjou...
- King Lear really suffers from a lack of mothers. Mothers would have sorted that whole play out before you even got to the second scene.
- I kind of want to do a series of comics now on how Mrs. Polonius manages to diffuse the entire situation at Elsinore and everyone ends up over at her place talking through their feelings over cups of hot tea and some scones.
Puns are awesome! And Shakespeare is full of puns!
"Really? Where are the puns?" I hear you ask. Well, NEVER FEAR. The PUN POLICE are here!
(It's not funny if you have to explain it...)
Also, it's almost Thanksgiving (in America)! The Good Tickle Shoppe will be having a Black Friday-through-Cyber Monday sale, so check back later for more details!