STAN LEE TAKES SHAKESPEARE TO THE STARS
ROMEO AND JULIET: THE WAR
This past weekend's New York Comic Con saw the unveiling of Romeo and Juliet: The War, a new graphic novel from Terry Dougas of 1821 Comics, artist Skan Srisuwan and Stan Lee, which becomes available nationwide November 30th.
1821 Comics partnered with Lee, Founder, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment and his producing partner, President and COO of POW! Entertainment Gill Champion to create Romeo and Juliet: The War, a futuristic sci-fi and cosmic thriller based on the William Shakespeare original.
Thousands gathered around the 1821 Comics Booth to catch a glimpse of Romeo and Juliet: The War and Lee. In fact, so many gathered that the NYPD threatened to shut it down. Cosmic Book News Editor/Publisher Matt McGloin was present to cover the event, and managed to speak to Lee about Romeo and Juliet: The War.
"We brought Romeo and Juliet into the future and the Montegues and the Capulets each have a super power -- and there's a war," said Lee. "You still got Romeo. You still got Juliet. And you still have romance, but you have the most exciting story we were able to come up with."
Lee continued, remarking on working with writer Terry Dougas of 1821 Comics.
"We are both fans of Shakespeare, we are both fans of graphic novels. I am a fan of Terry's and he tolerates me [laughs], and we thought this would be a great project, and I think it is a great project and it turned out even better than we imagined it to be," he said.
Next, Lee commented on the fact that Romeo and Juliet: The War is based on one of literature’s most popular love stories and revealed why they chose that story first.
"It's the most well-known love story in the world, so when you are going to start with something go to the top," he said.
As the unveiling showed off the gorgeous art of artist Skan Srisuwan, Lee remarked how they just might do further adventures based on other famous authors' works, including more by Shakespeare.
"If this does well, we will probably have a sequel, and then who knows, we may do Hamlet, we may do King Lear," Lee continued. "Shakespeare wrote a lot of things, but there were other great authors, too."
Lee then said Romeo and Juliet: The War offers something for everyone.
"We took one of the great stories in the world, and we turned it into a graphic novel, but what we did [was] we added a lot of adventure and a lot of super stuff so that fans of super heroes would love it, and also, I think, fans of a great romantic story -- or a great story -- would also love it."