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 a 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.
Shaun Manning is the creator and writer of Interesting Drug for BOOM! Studios / Archaia, Hell, Nebraska on Comixology, and the forthcoming Macbeth: The Red King for Lucha Comics. His work has appeared in Dark Horse Presents, Garbage Pail Kids, Top Shelf 2.0, Hope: New Orleans, and The Looking Glass Wars: Hatter M, as well as in several literary magazines, on stage, and on BBC Radio 4. Shaun took home first prize for a reading from his comedy novella Pizza Good Times in Edinburgh, Scotland; the trophy was a bottle of whiskey.
Anna was a student at the Academy of Fine Arts Katowice, in the graphic design department. She specializes mostly in illustration and comics, but has some experience with traditional media.As a student she took part in few exhibitions, including Rainbow Bridge of Illustration, an international project between European schools of art. In her second year, Anna made her debut as a comic artist with a story called Grey Shades.Since 2009, she has been working for Halo8 Studio on the Godkiller motion comic. Her one-shot, Acid Sunset, appeared in the Popgun Anthology. Her degree was comprised of a complete set of illustrations for Grimm Brothers’ Grimmest Fairy Tales.