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Manga Shakespeare

September 29, 2007

I was lucky enough to go to the launch party of Self Made Hero’s range of Manga Shakespeare comic books last night. The party was held at Bodhi gallery, on London’s fashionable Brick Lane, and featured copious amounts of booze, including sake, which I sadly missed out on.

Anyway, the books themselves are great. I picked up copies of Richard the 3rd and The Tempest, both of which are wonderfully illustrated. The former is drawn in a gothic style, kind of like Vampire Hunter D, with a brooding and lowering King Richard. The latter makes use of Hokusai-like waves to create the island on which Caliban and company are stranded upon.

The launch also gave me the opportunity to act like a semi-coherent fan boy with the artists, all of whom were at least five years my junior.