A troubled, sword-toting hero, tormented by the ghost of his father. A warrior brooding on honour and ambition. An ageing wizard sensing the advance of time and the dwindling of his powers. Young lovers defying their families and their rival gangs to be together. Swordfights, battles, madness. It’s as if Shakespeare had Manga on his mind from the start.
Self Made Hero’s acclaimed Manga Shakespeare series takes the Bard’s greatest works, including Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest, and Romeo and Juliet and renders them in classic Manga fashion. The strange futurism, angles and sharpness are there, but so is all the glorious light and shade of the plays themselves, the characters brought into sharp focus (and dressed as hyperkinetic neo-samurai, of course) for new readers and existing fans to discover.
Emma Vieceli (‘Manga Hamlet’ and ‘Much Ado About Nothing’), and Chie Kutsawada (‘Manga As You Like It’) are two of the artists behind some of these extraordinary comics. Come and hear them talk about how they did it, and find out if, in the far reaches of deadline night, they were ever heard to mutter “O cursed spite, that ever I was born to set it right”.