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You may have heard that the next AMERICAN VAMPIRE storyline is a World War II epic. The first issue of this sprawling, romantic, action-packed tale of heroism and horror has a variant cover by the talented young artist Sean Murphy (JOE THE BARBARIAN) that illustrates the massive scope of what’s to come.
We are excited to announce that Sean is drawing an AMERICAN VAMPIRE mini-series that will coincide with this storyline to begin this Spring. Amazing, right? We’re thrilled.
Seven, they say, is a magic number. And this morning, we can't disagree.
Because DC and Vertigo have put on an impressive showing, combining to win seven, yes seven of IGN's thirteen awards for the Best of 2010.
Here's the rundown...
Here's IGN on Grant's many accomplishments in 2010:
"The writer wrapped up his run on Batman and Robin in grand fashion. He brought Bruce Wayne back to the present where he belongs. He celebrated the legacy of Batman as a whole in Batman #700. And luckily, Morrison did find time to weave his own original stories with Joe the Barbarian. Any of these projects numbered among the most unique and memorable of the year. Taken together, it's clear Morrison is still at the top of his game."
Congratulations to everyone on IGN's list.
Today is the day to reveal the winners of the AMERICAN VAMPIRE Volume 1 hardcover!
This was a tough contest that really encouraged a close reading of the first arc. Thanks to all for participating and congratulations to the winners! I hope you enjoy this magnificent hardcover with intro by Stephen King!
If you see your handle/name listed here, per the Official Rules, please email me your mailing address at Pamela.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The holidays are here again and that’s cool, because you’re going to visit with family, party with friends and get lots of sweet presents (unless you were naughty, then it’s coal for you, punk).
But the holidays also SUCK because you have to go shopping and you’re like, “Aw, crap, what the hell am I going to get the people on my list THIS year?!”
Dad doesn’t need another tie. Mom doesn’t need another sweater. Let me make it easy for you: get everybody the new hardcover of AMERICAN VAMPIRE Vol. 1 by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque and the horror-meister himself—Stephen King.
Seriously. Get it for everyone on your list because it’s got something for everyone! Let me show you:
American vampire is perfect for you GIRLFRIEND because you want to get her into comics, and AV has a kick-ass female protagonist
American Vampire is perfect for your BOYFRIEND because you want to get him into comics and this book has a literary pedigree with this talented team
American Vampire is perfect for GRANDPA because he’s older than a vampire!
American Vampire is perfect for DAD, because he loves westerns and Stephen King
American Vampire is perfect for MOM, because she loves a good romance, and Pearl and Henry are sexy!
American Vampire is perfect for LITTLE SIS, because she devoured all the Twilight books and she's wondering--what's next?
American Vampire is perfect for BIG BROTHER because its got LOTS of gory horror!
And AMERICAN VAMPIRE is perfect for YOU because you love comics, this is the hottest new title of 2010, and the hardcover is PACKED with extras!
So there you go, your holiday shopping horrors are over. You’re welcome.
Next month Mateus Santolouco takes on AMERICAN VAMPIRE. Today, I have a conversation with him and ongoing series artist Rafael Albuquerque. Let’s get right to it.
How long have you known each other?
RA: We met in 2006, when my studio got a big deal of comic production for a Middle Eastern company and I was looking for help. A common friend introduced us and we’ve been working since then.
MS: Yeah, that's pretty much it.
Mateus, when did you start drawing and when did you know you wanted to work in comics? Tell us what it’s like to work on your first full issue of a U.S. comic book.
MS: As most professional artists I know I've always drawn. And I've always loved storytelling as well. So when I was a teenager I did some trash movies and comics’ fanzines. It all began there.
Actually American Vampire is not my first full issue for the U.S. Comics industry. I did several books for Boom! Studios just as a mini-series for Marvel. But I'm really pleased to be working on a Vertigo title for the first time. Especially cause I've been practicing :) and I like to believe I'm much better now.
Rafael, what’s it like to see the characters you brought to life from issue #1 drawn by one of your studio-mates?
RA: Mateus has been my friend and co/worker for a long time, and Its really nice to see an artist that i admire working on characters I helped create. Especially after creating “Mondo Urbano” together at Oni, he has proven to be one of the these guys who can bring the right mood and understand storytelling like just a few do, so, when Mark approached me to discuss the guest artists for the book, that’s what we were looking for. Different and fresh new looks at our universe.
Mateus, where did you draw your inspiration for the look of the characters from? Have you always been fan of vampires? What's your favorite thing about this new breed?
MS: Being Rafael's friend I am following the creation of this book from the very first sketches. Much of how the characters' look comes from his stuff. I did enjoy Vampires, but I can't say I was always a big fan. That Coppola movie with Gary Oldman... “Bram Stoker's Dracula,” is probably my favorite on this genre. The new breed is awesome but after Twilight I'm just happy to see some real and scary vampires for a change.
Have you both been posting vampire images all over the studio?
RA: HA! Not really. I mean, we do have the references we work with but its more over our tables than in our walls. In my room i have an American Vampire poster, but that’s all.
MS: Not a single vampire image. Sorry.
Which of you draws a scarier Skinner Sweet?
RA: I didn’t see Mateus's version in comic pages yet, but, based in a quick sketch he did, i wouldn’t mess with the guy.
MS: This was the only time I ever draw Skinner Sweet. So I guess it is too early to tell. But I wouldn't mess with me either. >:)
Anything you'd like to add about working on this incredible series?
RA: Its been really fun to be in this ride. The writing is just amazing and I’m personally eager to see more collaborations with different artists, different visions what will help us to expand this awesome universe created by Scott.
MS: I think there are two things that make this a fresh book, and not just another Vampire story. First is the characters, you got to love the way they are being built till now. I mean, you can relate to them. And second is the overall look on the history of the United States. Scott is doing a great job capturing these moments and creating a rich background for the whole series.
Brazilian artist Mateus Santolouco is taking the reins from AMERICAN VAMPIRE series artist Rafael Albuquerque for a two-part story beginning with issue 10 (in stores this December). Funny thing is, he’s Rafael’s studio-mate and a rising star.
Check these stunning sample images that convinced us he’s the man for the job:
And while we’re at it, here’s a bit about the story:
1936 - American Vampire Pearl Jones and her husband Henry Preston have tried to live a quiet life ever since their showdown with a coven of vicious Hollywood vampires. But when a chance encounter brings them face-to-face with old enemies, they'll learn the hard way that sometimes, the fight comes to you. . . with a vengeance. Catch up with your favorite vampire-killing husband-and-wife team in this 2-part tale of booze, bullets and bloodlines.
Come back Thursday as Mateus and Rafael chat about working on this bestselling series and being part of the vampire craze.
Have you ever been absolutely terrified in a candy store?
I was driving back from a wedding in Massachusetts a few months ago when my girlfriend suddenly shouted, “Ohmygodstopthecarstopthecar!” I hit the breaks. “Did I hit something?” “No,” she said, “there’s a candy store over there with Skinner’s name on it.”
As you know, Skinner Sweet is the dastardly vampire at the heart of “American Vampire” by Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque and Stephen King. Snyder created the character but it was King who gave him one of his creepiest attributes—he’s got a sweet tooth. So whenever you see Skinner he’s usually chomping on a candy cane, lollipop or cotton candy. Whatever candy is en vogue for the decade Skinner is un-living in, he’s usually got it clenched in his fangs.
So to see a store called “Skinner’s Sugar House” tucked back from the road under a gnarled tree, on a beautiful, sunny New England day kinda creeped me out. But we HAD to go inside.
It was an amazing little shop, been around since the 1880s (as old as Skinner Sweet himself!). All the candy was homemade and delicious. As I walked through rows and rows of sweets I couldn’t help but get freaked out. Not by the store. The store was great and the staff was wicked helpful (that’s how we say it up in Massachusetts). But I kept imagining Skinner behind me, whispering “boo” in my ear before he battened down on my neck.
That’s the thing about American Vampires, they walk in the sun, not even the sweetest little candy shop on a sunny afternoon is safe.
“We gotta get outta here,” I said.
We picked out some candies to bring back to the AV team and skedaddled. As I pulled out of the parking lot, and watched the sign get smaller and smaller in my rearview, I wondered: if I can find Skinner’s candy shop on an American back road, what else is out there? You never know, maybe my next post will be about a haberdashery called “Hattie’s” or a place that sells old movie posters called “Pearl’s Posters.” Maybe…
Today is one of those beautiful Fall days here in NYC and I’ve got a terrible cold, but I’m not letting that stop my excitement for AMERICAN VAMPIRE!
Yesterday, /FILM, the top film news blog, ran an excerpt of Stephen King’s opening segment and an exclusive first look at The NEW Vampire Rules! That’s right, rules that only pertain to American Vampires. Check them out here.
Today, I’m also extending the chance to win a copy of AMERICAN VAMPIRE Volume 1! Yep, that extra hour of sleep Saturday night put me in a very generous mood. So, if you haven’t bought a copy yet, or would like an extra for yourself or a friend, follow the instructions here and enter by midnight Tuesday, November 30. You’d be a sucker not to.
Today is also the day before issue #8 goes on sale, so here’s a peek at what’s inside:
And while I’m at it, some foreshadowing of what’s to come with the first look at the cover of issue #12!
That’s right, win a copy of the NEW YORK TIMES Bestseller AMERICAN VAMPIRE Volume 1 by Scott Snyder, Stephen King and artist Rafael Albuquerque. All you have to do is spot the “Easter Eggs...”
The first volume of AMERICAN VAMPIRE is a dual narrative, one that takes place in the Old West in the 1880’s and one that takes place in Hollywood in the 1920’s, but BOTH stories contain references to the other. Can you spot them? In each chapter (issues 1-5) there is at least one reference (a location, name or object) that is crucial to the other story.
Snyder, King and Albuquerque cleverly hid these little tidbits to enhance the story for keen-eyed fans on multiple readings. In order to win, please name/describe one of the Easter Eggs and post in the comment section of this post.
You have 1 week to post, you may only post once, and 10 winners will be chosen at random from all entries in which an Easter Egg is correctly identified.
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2. ELIGIBILTY: Sweepstakes open to legal U.S. residents only who are at least eighteen (18) years of age as of 11/7/2010. Employees of DC Comics, Warner Bros. and Time Warner and their families are not eligible.
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