Anthony Del Col

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Anthony Del Col
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Del Col at BookExpo America in 2018
Born Anthony Del Col
Porcupine, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater Wilfrid Laurier University
Occupation Partner/Writer/Producer at Kill Shakespeare Entertainment
Known for Kill Shakespeare, Shakespeare, and Assassin's Creed: Trial by Fire

Anthony Del Col is a Canadian creator, producer and entrepreneur. Del Col is the co-creator and co-writer of the Joe Shuster Award nominated comic, Kill Shakespeare,[1] Dynamite Entertainment's Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini,[2] Assassin's Creed: Trial by Fire,[3] and Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie.[4]

Early life[edit]

Del Col attended the Sundance Institute New Frontier Story Lab,[5] and is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre.[6]

Career[edit]

Anthony has produced feature films in Canada, including exec producer on the Nelly Furtado Loose Live Album CD.[citation needed]

Anthony is also an accomplished film pitch consultant; He won the Telefilm Canada Pitch This contest in 2006[7] and 2010.[8] Anthony also served as a coach for the contest in 2011 and 2012.

Kill Shakespeare[edit]

Del Col is currently serving as a Co-President of Kill Shakespeare Entertainment, a transmedia entertainment company. Along with Conor McCreery, Del Col is the co-creator and co-writer of Kill Shakespeare, which debuted in comic book format in April 2010.[1] Kill Shakespeare is described by the New York Times as, "gripping, violent and dark fun, even if you’re not fully versed in Shakespearean lore".[9] As of 2011, more than 50,000 copies in more than a dozen countries.[10]

Under Del Col's co-presidency, Kill Shakespeare Entertainment. has developed the Kill Shakespeare franchise into a variety of media. In addition to its publication as a comic book, Del Col and McCreery, along with Soulpepper's artistic director, Albert Schultz, have staged a theatrical production of Kill Shakespeare, called "Kill Shakespeare Live!".[10] The theatrical production of Kill Shakespeare has been performed in Toronto by Soulpepper,[11] in Montreal at the 2012 Montreal Comiccon,[12] in Chicago by Strawdog Theatre Company,[13] as well as at MEFCC 2013 in Dubai.[14] Del Col and McCreery are also working with Katie Musgrave, an academic, and Brian Kelly, a teacher, to create a teacher's guide for Kill Shakespeare in an effort to encourage teachers to use Kill Shakespeare as an educational tool.[15] The Kill Shakespeare board game was successfully crowdfunded via Kickstarter and was released on February 19, 2014.[16] Del Col and McCreery have also discussed plans to release a Kill Shakespeare mobile app game.[17]

Del Col has also given lectures on comic writing, adapting Shakespeare, and Shakespeare in education. In May 2015, Del Col spoke at Shakespeare's Globe in London as part of the theatre's Shakespeare Inspired special event series.[18]

Nancy Drew & The Hardy Boys Reboot[edit]

In March, 2017 Dynamite Entertainment released Anthony Del Col’s reboot of classic characters Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys with NANCY DREW & THE HARDY BOYS: THE BIG LIE. Del Col has been a lifelong fan of the characters and was successful in working with Simon & Schuster to secure the comic book rights and then pitch to publishers.

Inspired by Archie Comics’ Afterlife with Archie, Del Col is quoted as saying, “So, then I started to think, 'Huh, I wonder what other characters are out there that are well-known that could be rebooted like that,'" Del Col said. "That's when I started to look around and I looked in some properties, and then I thought, 'Wait a minute. Nancy Drew. Hardy Boys. Oh, that would be really cool to do a hard-boiled noir take on them.' ”[19]

The series, a hardboiled noir take on the characters, finds characters Frank and Joe Hardy accused of murdering their father, Fenton Hardy, and turning to a femme fatale-esque Nancy Drew to clear their names. The series features artwork by Italian artist Werther Dell’Ederra with covers by UK artist Fay Dalton. Del Col credits editors Matt Idelson and Matt Humphreys with helping him shape the direction of the series.[20]

The series debuted to amazing reviews. Comics blog Readingwithaflightring.com declared it, “the best 'modern' approach to updating a franchise like this that I’ve seen. It works on every level and still fully embraces the heart of who they are."[21] Aintitcool.com reviewer Lyz Reblin stated, “The strength of the series thus far is Ms. Drew, who was absent for most of the first issue. She is a pitch-perfect modernized femme fatale, who could hold her own up against any present-day Sam Spade, Philip Marlowe, or the like.”[22]

Created First Female Lead in Assassin's Creed[edit]

Del Col, along with his Kill Shakespeare co-writer Conor McCreery, was hired by Titan Comics to launch a new comic series based on the successful Assassin’s Creed video game franchise. The series was the first to star a female modern-day lead character, Charlotte de la Cruz and garnered a great amount of positive reviews. Leading comics site TheMarySue.com said, “It’s a fantastic video game based title; it really captures a lot of spirit of Assassin’s Creed…captures your imagination from the get-go.”[23]

Del Col and McCreery’s run on the series ran from 2015 – 2017.

Personal life[edit]

Del Col currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife, Lisa.[24]

Awards[edit]

  • Del Col won the 2006 and 2010 Telefilm Canada Pitch This! events at the Toronto film festivals.[7][25]
  • In 2011, Del Col and McCreery were nominated for a Joe Shuster Award in the category of Outstanding Comic Book Writer(s),[26] and a Harvey Award for Best New Series.[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b John Barber. "THWACK! Two Canadians want to kill Shakespeare". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  2. ^ "Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery on Sherlock Holmes vs. Harry Houdini «  Midtown Comics". midtowncomics.com. 
  3. ^ Dan Wickline. "SDCC '15: Kill Shakespeare Team On Assassin's Creed Comics (UPDATE) - Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News". Bleeding Cool Comic Book, Movie, TV News. 
  4. ^ "Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys Get 21st Century Comic Series - Nerdist". 11 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Kay, Jeremy (2011-10-06). "Sundance Institute selects six projects for inaugural New Frontier Story Lab | News | Screen". Screendaily.com. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  6. ^ "Indian-flavoured slacker comedy wins TIFF pitch contest". cbc.ca. 12 September 2006. 
  7. ^ a b "Indian-flavoured slacker comedy wins TIFF pitch contest - Arts & Entertainment - CBC News". Cbc.ca. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  8. ^ Jennie Punter (2010-09-14). "'Shakespeare' wins Telefilm Canada pitching event". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  9. ^ "Graphic Books". The New York Times. 26 November 2010. 
  10. ^ a b "Kill Shakespeare - The National - CBC Player". Cbc.ca. 2011-06-17. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  11. ^ J. Kelly Nestruck. "Stage to page ... to stage". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  12. ^ Wyatt, Nelson (2012-09-14). "'Kill Shakespeare': A comic book where the superpower is literary wizardry". Globalnews.ca. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  13. ^ Sava, Oliver (2013-02-21). "Kill Shakespeare at Strawdog Theatre Company's Hugen Hall - Theater". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  14. ^ Mai El Shoush. "Dubai theatre group plan to 'Kill Shakespeare'". thenational.ae. 
  15. ^ Reid, Calvin (2011-10-21). "'Kill Shakespeare' Invited To Sundance". Publishersweekly.com. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  16. ^ Joshua Yehl (19 February 2014). "IDW Games Launches Kickstarter for Kill Shakespeare: The Board Game". IGN. 
  17. ^ Sharp, Dalton (2010-12-15). "Kill Shakespeare's Move to Movies Begins | news". Torontoist. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  18. ^ http://www.shakespearesglobe.com/uploads/files/2015/05/kill_shax_final_format.pdf
  19. ^ "Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys and writer Anthony Del Col's big play in 'The Big Lie'". 
  20. ^ "Writer's Commentary - Anthony Del Col On Nancy Drew And The Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1 - Bleeding Cool News And Rumors". 9 March 2017. 
  21. ^ "Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys: The Big Lie #1". Reading with a flight Ring. 
  22. ^ bug, ambush. "AICN COMICS Reviews: ETERNAL WARRIOR! NANCY DREW & THE HARDY BOYS! X-FILES! STAR WARS! JOHN CARTER!". 
  23. ^ "All-New All-Different Pull Wisely: Assassin's Creed #1". www.themarysue.com. 
  24. ^ "Anthony Del Col". Amazon.com. Retrieved March 13, 2017. 
  25. ^ "Telefilm Canada Awards its Pitch This! Prize - Telefilm Canada". Telefilm.ca. 2010-09-16. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  26. ^ "2011 Nominees and Winners". The Joe Shuster Awards. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  27. ^ "2011 Harvey Awards". Harvey Awards. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. 

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