William Shakespeare would have turned 450 this week. I am a huge fan – of the dark and war plays. The comedies make me feel awkward and nervous – a bit like musicals do. And anything with faeries in it is just beyond me. Part of my brain shuts down and I start humming Bad Company tunes.
In honour of her love of the Bard, cartoonist Mya Gosling, a lifelong Shakespeare-fanatic (and creator of “Good Tickle Brain“) has condensed each of Shakespeare’s plays into three-panel webcomics: apart from Henry VI, Part 3 – where the machinations of that regent requires five bloody panels. And Titus Andronicus which is brilliantly captured in one.
In honour of the bard’s passing, and the many hours I have spent watching his plays on the boards (with Eddie Clarke mainly) and on TV (alone as no-one else is interested in three hours of Coriolanus: “Thus I turn my back. There is a world elsewhere.”), I thought I would share these sound bite comics of some of his greatest works. Let murder, mayhem and madness abound.
The Love Tragedies (aka much suicide)
And, finally, one of my favourites: The Family Saga (much of everything)(All images copyright Maya Gosling)