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The name Macbeth has been cursed for hundreds of years, but history points toward another story, of Macbeth the hero - The Red King.
The name Macbeth has been cursed for hundreds of years, but history points toward another story, of Macbeth the hero - The Red King.
The name Macbeth has been cursed for hundreds of years, but history points toward another story, of Macbeth the hero - The Red King.
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The name “Macbeth” has been cursed for hundreds of years, synonymous with tyranny and over-vaulting ambition. But what if the true Macbeth was something other than the villain Shakespeare portrayed?

Macbeth: the Red King tells an entirely new story of the real-life Scottish monarch, revealing a benevolent ruler who seized on his legitimate claim to the throne. Drawing from historical sources, this engaging graphic novel by Shaun Manning and Anna Wieszczyk is visually stunning companion to Shakespeare’s legendary drama. See Macbeth vanquish the incompetent Duncan, nurture a difficult relationship with his stepson Lulach, and make pilgrimage to Rome while his noble wife minds the restless kingdom — and witness his last stand against the insurgent prince Malcolm.

Macbeth: The Red King is not a re-telling of the Shakespeare classic, but rather a new history of the famous Scottish king. This book is not only for comic fans, but can be a great tool to help educators and students create a visual introduction to some of the greatest literature in our history.

The witches set the stage, but this Macbeth rules his own fate
The witches set the stage, but this Macbeth rules his own fate
Macbeth squares off with the deposed Prince Malcolm
Macbeth squares off with the deposed Prince Malcolm

Macbeth: The Red King is the third graphic novel by Shaun Manning and Anna Wieszczyk, following Interesting Drug (BOOM! Studios/Archaia) and the Kickstarter-funded Hell, Nebraska. Separately, Shaun has written for Star Wars Adventures, Dark Horse Presents, Thought Bubble, and other anthologies, and Anna has illustrated Black Mask Studios' Godkiller, Archaia's Lucid, the Kickstarter-funded R.A.D., and more.

"Manning has written an epic adventure story that captures the twists and turns of political maneuvering that one reads in historical nonfiction books about Scotland and England’s long, chaotic relationship with each other." -- Fanbase Press

Our team has worked hard for over two years to complete this work; now we are looking to simply cover the costs of printing 1,000 copies of this book to get into the hands of new fans.  

With a little under two days left in the campaign, we are now FULLY FUNDED! But the fun rolls on, and if we can hit additional stretch goals there's something extra in it for you.

$7500 - If we raise CAD $7500, every backer who has pledged for a print edition of Macbeth:  The Red King will receive a free mini-print of the dramatic standoff with Malcolm.

$8,500 - Free button with all physical orders.

$10,000 - ???

Risks and challenges

We always aim to be transparent, and want to do everything we can to minimize risks. There is nothing worse than vapourware, or those that raise tons of money and then vanish. For these reasons, we decided to (a) ask for a modest amount of funds and (b) try to raise only what is needed for a wider print run.

This book is complete, and apart from minor formatting issues for the press, it is done! So, why do we need money? Printing isn't cheap, and we wan't to share this awesome story with as many people as possible.

We do not anticipate any significant project risks. We are not new to kickstarter, and delivered on The Kursk, our first print graphic novel. We are using a reputable American printer, so no need to worry about books coming (or not) from an Asian printer. In short, if our awesome fans come through for us, we will of course do the same :-)

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    What was the creative process behind this book? Delve deeper into the story by being the first to hear a podcast style interview, and receive a digital copy of Macbeth: The Red King and the script book!

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    Not sure if your comic is ready for the world to see? Have our own Shaun Manning review up to 22 pages of script, and receive a digital copy of Macbeth: The Red King! (For a print copy, add CA $25 to your pledge.)

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    The Shaun & Anna Bundle

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    Your Very Own Comic Book Cover!

    Wait, what? Yes, you can have your very own comic book cover! Imagine a cover for your own title, you and your family & friends drawn as loyal followers of Macbeth, superheroes, lone survivors of the zombie apocalypse or pretty much anything else you can think of! This does not include logo/masthed design, but does include a copy of Macbeth: The Red King signed by author Shaun Manning!

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