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Adapting Shakespeare. It’s something every community theater and big time Hollywood producer does. “King Lear, but during the Tokugawa era” or “Hamlet, but this time he’s a lion.” Not entirely bold moves, but ever since freshman English, we’ve had it drilled into us that these stories are timeless. You can set Twelfth Night or Taming of the Shrew in high school until the cows come home, but it might leave you feeling like it’s missing some of that Real Shakespeare Flavor ®.
That’s why I thought it’s time for Ol’ Billy Shakes himself to get adapted. Now I know what you’re saying, “Shakespeare in Love won best picture in 1999, that was about Shakespeare.” Yeah, but was he a superhero? I didn’t think so. Shakespeare is timeless, but better than that, the man’s been dead for 400 years, he’s totally in the public domain. I can make him a silly masked detective for all he cares…
No Holds Bard is a 5-Act comic about Shakespeare fighting crime in Elizabethan England, written (mostly) in iambic pentameter. Featuring some of the hottest artists working in comics today, including Erica Henderson, Logan Faerber, Cara McGee, James Callahan, and Aaron Conley, with a cover by Dave Kloc and pin-ups from Sina Grace, Bobby Rubio and Ashlyn Anstee. No Holds Bard will feed your eyes and get all four humors moving. It won’t make you dumber, but you will fail your literature test.
While writing yet another one of his masterpieces, Shakespeare receives a call from his trusty page, Page, with most disturbing news—The Queen has been stolen! From there, the Dramatic Duo of The Bard and Page set off in a series of rollicking misadventures that lead to the highest echelons of Renaissance power. He'll cross paths with weirdos of all shapes and sizes. You might even recognize a few of them from someone's most famous plays (but then, I don't want to spoil all the fun).
Who is the shadowy figure responsible for the Queen’s disappearance? Will Will ever get rid of his pesky writer’s block? Why can nobody tell The Bard is Shakespeare? I mean clearly…
Find out the answers to these questions and to more you didn’t even know you had when you read No Holds Bard SOON!
No Holds Bard features illustrations from some of the top new artists working in comics today. Check it:
Erica Henderson - Act I
One of comics' rising stars, her credits include Marvel's Unbeatable Squirrel Girl with Ryan North and Archie Comics' Jughead with Chip Zdarsky. A graduate of Rhode Island School of Design, she currently lives in Boston.
Logan Faerber - Act II
Logan was always a quiet child: one who kept to himself and played outside as frequently as he could. He could relate to cartoons and animals more than most people. On his 7th birthday, Logan’s brother passed down his long boxes of comics, granting access to Marvel and DC stories from the 70s onward. This imaginary landscape helped to fuel Logan’s desire to become an artist and drove him to pursue illustration and design at Montserrat College of Art. Now, as an adult, Logan still finds joy in playing games, reading books and drawing pictures, keeping himself young at heart forever.
Cara McGee - Act III
Cara McGee is an Atlanta-based comic book artist and tea connoisseur. You can find her covers on Lumberjanes and follow her wildly popular tumblr at http://areyoutryingtodeduceme.tumblr.com/.
James Callahan - Act IV
James Callahan is a writer and illustrator, working on the east coast of the U.S., often under the less innocuous moniker, Barf Comics. He has illustrated hundreds of comic pages, and worked on scores record covers, skate decks, and t-shirt designs with clients ranging from Marvel, Oni, and Image Comics to Creature Skateboards and Thrasher Magazine, to bands like Municipal Waste, Mastodon, the Hold Steady, the Black Dahlia Murder, and many more.
Aaron Conley - Act V
Aaron Conley is the co-creator and artist of Sabertooth Swordsman. He has worked for Marvel, Dark Horse, Image, Boom Studios and Ghost Face Killah. He is also the winner of the 2014 Russ Manning Award for Most Outstanding Newcomer. His favorite kind of dog is a Boston terrier.
Dave Kloc - Cover
Dave Kloc is an illustrator and printmaker living in Los Angeles. He has designed and hand printed a weekly poster for The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (now in its 3rd season on Comedy Central.) Kloc has also illustrated and printed posters for comedians such as John Mulaney and Jim Gaffigan and bands like Passion Pit, La Dispute, Childish Gambino and more!
Bobby Rubio - Pin-up
Bobby Rubio worked nine years with Walt Disney Feature Animation as a traditional animator and storyboard artist on several films including “Tarzan” and “Treasure Planet.” After Disney, he worked as an assitant director/storyboard artist for Nickelodeon Animation Studios on the series “Avatar: The Last Airbender”. Currently, Bobby is a story artist for Pixar Animation Studios and has worked on feature animated movies “Up”,“Brave” and "Inside Out".
After work hours, he works on his creator-owned and independent comic series, “Alcatraz High”, “ENFORCEMEN” and “4 Gun Conclusion.” And from time to time, he has freelanced for Marvel Comics as a cover artist.
Sina Grace - Pin-up
Sina Grace is an Image Comics writer and artist, known for his memoir material (Self-Obsessed, Not My Bag), and illustration work (Li'l Depressed Boy, Burn the Orphanage, Penny Dora). On all relevant social media @SinaGrace
Ashlyn Anstee - Pin-up
Ashlyn Anstee grew up in a rainy city, moved to a snowy city, and then settled in a sunny city, where she writes and draws for animation and children's books. You can find her art and other fun stuff at www.ashlyna.com
Frank Cvetkovic - Letterer
Frank Cvetkovic is a comic book letterer whose work has appeared in ARTFUL DAGGERS, DRIVE, Jamal Igle’s MOLLY DANGER, and THE BIGGER BANG. He currently lives in Cleveland, OH, where the home teams never win and the rivers occasionally catch fire.
I love Shakespeare (the pomp of it all!), and I know for a fact STAN LEE co-creator of Spider-Man, does too. So there has to be a fair amount of overlap between Shakespeare fandom and comic fandom, right? Also, he seemed perfect for the style of campy, not-so-serious stories that you'd see in an episode of Batman '66, but with very well illustrated violence. It covers a whole Venn diagram of tastes, and hopefully it appeals to more than just me.
What is iambic pentameter?
Bill Shakespeare used this style of verse a lot.
Each line contains ten syllables, no more.
Then further split in stressed and unstressed parts.
It makes things sound much smarter than they are.
Now I'm no Shakespeare, but just like Shakespeare, I didn't use it everywhere, so that's why we're saying it's mostly in iambic pentameter. Sorry English nerds, I'm getting out in front of you.
The Dramatic Duo Companion EP
To celebrate the launch of No Holds Bard, I've commissioned a digital-only companion EP with an original extra-jazzy theme song from Spencer Owen (Dude Bro Party Massacre III) and a super-sweet love song from Allie Goertz (Rick and Morty Concept Album), available to all backers who pledge $3 or more. It's a hell of a deal, and perfect bed music for when you're getting your thespi-on.
This is something I've been knocking around in my head for a long time, and I'm really passionate about it, so I'm going to need you to lend me your ears (and your wallets, har har). If this thing is ever going to get off the ground, it needs your support. I've been incredibly lucky to work with such talented artists to help realize a story I thought was worth telling. Without you, it's just a stack of "maybe someday" crowding my brainspace, but with you, it could just be your next favorite comic.
Also, there are some pretty tantalizing rewards. Just sayin'.
We've put together a bunch of exciting rewards for No Holds Bard, including stickers, lithographs, domino masks, t-shirts, a companion EP and even a fancy box with a REAL HUMAN SKULL inside.
Where is the money going?
Like many people, artists need food to live, so most of the money goes to paying our artists a professional page rate so that they may live in a modern capitalistic society. Other dollars are going toward Kickstarter for use of their infrastructure and reward fulfillment such as poster printing costs, manufacturing masks, and building that fancy skull box. Even if we reach the initial $10,000 goal, I'll be taking a hit. That's how much I want this to get made.
Artist Fees: $7750 (77.5%)
Kickstater Fees: $800 (8%)
Rewards and Shipping: $2890 (28.9%)
BackerKit ~$200 (2%)
Should I have set the goal to $11,640? Probably, but I suffer for my art.
The more we make, the more we can make. I have 6 issues planned out already, and a lot more ideas to come. If there's interest, there's more content for you, so I hope you're feeling generous.
At $22,000, we're funding a SECOND ISSUE with more great artists and everything.
About the Creator
Eric Gladstone is a writer and native-born son of Los Angeles. He is the Senior Dialogue Writer for Marvel Heroes 2016 and he works as a researcher, video editor and writer at Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment offices. POW! in no way endorses the comic.
No Holds Bard marks his first public foray into the world of published narrative comics, he put a lot of work into it and thinks it’s going to be good, so you’d better like it.
He also likes dogs, cats, rats, pigs, bad puns, professional wrestling, and riddles.
WHO ARE YOU?! WHERE AM I? fijfaerj8
Calm down, you've had a stroke.
Risks and challenges
Though this is my first time running a Kickstarter campaign, I have had the assistance of several successful creators and comics professionals who have helped me assess the viability of the project and will guide me through the nuances of crowdfunding. At this stage, much of the groundwork for the project has already been laid, and all of the artists have signed on.
I will communicate clearly throughout the funding and post-funding stages and backers will be notified in the event of any shipping delays. I will not consider this closed until all backers receive their promised rewards. I'm also going to be signing up for Backerkit once we meet funding to properly organize shipping and rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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