Pages from AMERICAN VAMPIRE issue #17 (also note the joining covers from issues 13-17 by Rafael Albuquerque ) and AMERICAN VAMPIRE SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST #3.
AMERICAN VAMPIRE Vol. 2, hit the New York Times bestseller list at #1 and the spin-off miniseries AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST began last week. I took some time to have a quick chat with writer Scott Snyder and artist Sean Murphy about their highly praised new miniseries.
PM: Scott and Sean, SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST follows some of the characters from AMERICAN VAMPIRE Vol. 2. What’s it like to begin a spin-off of a bestselling series? Tell us a bit about what’s in store for readers.
SS: Well I can say that things really ramp up in issue 2, when Cash and Felicia actually reach their destination - a Nazi occupied castle in the Romanian mountains that's home to a scientist who may (or may not) have developed a cure for vampirism... The whole series has been a blast so far - Sean's a good friend at this point, and there's nothing better than working with a friend on a story you love. (Especially when your friend is a monster talent of an artist:))
SM: I'm thrilled to be aboard. There's a motorcycle escape/battle scene coming up that I'm really looking forward to drawing.
PM: Scott, you’re writing two epic WWII storylines right now. What is it about this time period that inspires you?
SS: I've always been fascinated by all aspects of the war. My grandfather, who's still alive, was actually in the Navy for the duration of WWII. He was physically at Pearl Harbor when it was attacked... So I grew up on his stories about what it was like to be a part of the effort. Obviously, when I was a kid, the stories were less about the war than his friends on the ship, the strangeness of being so far away from home... As I got older, the stories got darker, though always inspiring. So stories about the war, about that time period, really are a part of my writer's DNA. The heroism, the terror, the ordinary men placed in extraordinary circumstances... What isn't inspiring about it, as a writer?
PM: Sean, I know you’re a history and science buff, so though this is a fictional story, is that partly what attracted you to this project? Your rendition of the Museum of Natural History from issue #1 is incredible. With the book being set in the 1940s during WWII in Eastern Europe, what kind of research have you done?
SM: There's a TON of Nazi research to do. Patches, pins, guns, cars--way more than I'll ever be able to fit into the drawings. Still, I'm trying my best. With hundreds of Nazi vampires to deal with it gets a little overwhelming but I'm loving the challenge. I found a model of this half-track Mercedes that Rommel drove in northern Africa (supposedly). Whether or not it was real doesn't matter--it's too cool not to have in the mountains of Romania. Assuming I find a way to stick it in there.
The other bit of research I found interesting is that the vampire myth actually started in America--not in Europe. "The consumption" was a disease running rampant in 19th century New England villages, and many of the symptoms are similar to what you find in vampire myths (paleness, sensitivity to light, etc). Today we call the disease tuberculosis. They found New England newspaper clippings in Bram Stoker's records after he died.
I passed this info onto Scott hoping he'd find a way to work it into the plot one day.
PM: Scott and Sean, if you were a vampire or part vampire would you search for a cure or embrace your vampirism?
SS: Wow. That's tough... I think I would take the cure. The idea of losing everyone around you, everyone you care about, watching them get old while you stay the same... And just the dark pull of the blood. Yeah, I'd choose warm-blooded :)
SM: I'd embrace it for sure. Maybe even grow a flat-top and walk around like Blade.
The highly anticipated first issue of the AMERICAN VAMPIRE spin-off miniseries AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST by Scott Snyder and artist Sean Murphy went on sale Wednesday. Each issue of this miniseries will be available both as a print comic book and in digital format for $2.99 each.
AIN’T IT COOL NEWS, says “I guarantee once you buy AMERICAN VAMPIRE volumes I and II, you won’t be able to stay away from SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST.”
IGN says, "Sharply written . . . Survival of the Fittest #1 is truly one of Murphy's best outings to date. 9.0 Amazing.”
“Scott Snyder's vampire creation is nothing short of brilliant and addicting,” says YAHOO! ASSOCIATED CONTENT.
COMIC VINE rates issue #1 5 out of 5 stars.
NEWSARAMA says, “Scott Snyder and Sean Murphy bring about a sharp sense of mood and tension to this new chapter of vampire lore.”
UGO says, "If you haven't been reading Scott Snyder's American Vampire, you're missing out."
And check out the USA TODAY feature with Scott Snyder.
COMIC BOOK RESOURCES’ preview of issue #1.
It’s WWII in the South Pacific. The island Henry is on is infested with vampires and the war is heating up. And Pearl is about to join the mission.
Here’s a peek inside AMERICAN VAMPIRE issue #15. Pick it up this Wednesday.
The exclusive first look at AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, written by AMERICAN VAMPIRE series creator and writer Scott Snyder and drawn by the sensational Sean Murphy, can be seen here at COMIC BOOK RESOURCES.
This 5 issue mini-series explores World War II in Nazi-occupied Romania as vampire hunters Felicia Book and Cash McCogan (last seen in the critically acclaimed AMERICAN VAMPIRE story "Devil in the Sand" available in AMERICAN VAMPIRE Volume 2 on sale May 25) go behind enemy lines with the secret organization known as the Vassals of the Morningstar in search of a rumored vampire cure. But their haunted, twisted past with Skinner Sweet makes the mission more difficult than they imagined.
Pick up AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST #1 when it hits stores on June 8th!
Now for the exclusive reveal of the variant cover by Cliff Chiang:
Writer Scott Snyder and artist Rafael Albuquerque continue to awe us as AMERICAN VAMPIRE #14 hits stores this Wednesday.
Henry and the crew storm the shores of a remote Pacific island with a secret at its core. But the island's secrets are nothing compared to what Skinner has up his sleeve. Meanwhile, our gal Pearl sets out on a desperate mission of her own . . .
It’s been a year since we launched AMERICAN VAMPIRE. We’ve had a ton of great press, buzz and awesome feedback from you, the fans—it’s all been so amazing. But would you believe me if I told you we’re just getting warmed up?
What began in the 1880s American West, to the Hollywood of the 1920s, to the beginnings of the Las Vegas we know today, to the building of the Hoover Dam in the 1930s, now heads to the South Pacific in the 1940s! I just finished looking at some incredible pages from RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE from the new, EPIC storyline we’re calling GHOST WAR. This story is the PERFECT jumping-on point for new readers, and it starts with issue 13 in stores tomorrow! It’s WWII in The Pacific, vampires, Pearl, Henry and that bastard we love to hate—Skinner Sweet—at the heart of it all!
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And if that's not enough, I just saw some incredible pages from SEAN MURPHY for the new mini-series we’re launching, called AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST.
So get ready for all the action of AMERICAN VAMPIRE Year Two. We’re just getting warmed up…
The “Ghost War” rages on in the Pacific, in AMERICAN VAMPIRE #16, by Scott Snyder and Rafael Albuquerque. Things don’t look good for our heroes when something terrible crawls out of the caves of Taipan. Meanwhile, the U.S. military plans for the island reach a boiling point and Henry’s unit is caught in the middle. Plus: the truth about Skinner’s past is revealed!
And from the critically acclaimed Vertigo series comes AMERICAN VAMPIRE: SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST. a five-part minisieres written by Scott Snyder, with art by red hot artist Sean Murphy (Joe the Barbarian), which expands on the AMERICAN VAMPIRE mythology with a story of horror and history that changes things forever.
It’s WWII in Nazi-occupied Romania as vampire hunters Felicia Book and Cash McCogan go behind enemy lines with the secret organization known as the Vassals of the Morningstar in search of a rumored vampire cure. But their haunted, twisted past with Skinner Sweet makes the mission more difficult than they imagined.
Who says you can’t judge a comic book by its cover? This is gonna be awesome!
Want to know more about Skinner Sweet? In this stand alone issue, it’s 1924 when the first American vampire crosses paths with a Wild West show featuring some old pals and enemies from his outlaw days – and he is not happy. From the dying West to flying biplanes, we see how Skinner adjusts to life in the 20th century.