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?
Why Rafael Albuquerque is Amazing
(or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Hire a Cover Artist)
We weren’t even thinking about him for the covers. We knew we wanted something that said “horror” but could also be literary and elegant too. We wanted a strong design that showcased a cool logo and the creator’s names. A daunting task. I thought about it constantly. We were throwing around a lot of names, some big names, some unknowns. But we certainly weren’t even considering Rafael Albuquerque for the covers—he was too busy kicking ass on the interiors.
Cycle 2 “Devil in the Sand” (issues 6-9)
In this story…
• We learn the secret history of Las Vegas, before it became the Vegas we know today (hint: vampires are involved).
• We meet the organization of vampire hunters that has been operating behind the scenes of history for centuries.
• We see how the descendents of the “House of Book” continue to seek revenge on Skinner Sweet.
Creating a Cover, AMERICAN VAMPIRE #3
Coming up with a cool cover is hard. Rafael Albuquerque made things a little easier with AMERICAN VAMPIRE because he had the simple but brilliant idea of cutting the layout in half with the logo—two stories, two scenes, united by the logo. But it still takes a little work to make things perfect.
“Time is the only constant for the living. It never stops…for the dead it doesn’t matter…and for the undead…”
American Vampire 2 hits the stands today and although the first issue was amazing and people loved it (“…fresh and original” EW, “…eerie and haunting” Huffington Post “…engaging and enthralling” Fangoria) issue 2 is bigger, badder and bloodier.
I thought it would be fun to get to know some of the editorial group behind your favorite comics and graphic novels a bit better, so I started asking questions.
First up, Mark Doyle.
PM: What was the first Vertigo book you read?
MD: Sandman. I blame that book for my current occupation.
"This issue changes everything..."
"After this nothing will be the same..."
"Everything you thought you knew about the DMZ changes now..."
You hear these kind of buzz statements all the time. But seriously? We mean it this time. It's not just buzz. I remember when Brian first pitched this idea to us a year ago. He said, "okay, this story arc 'Hearts and Minds' is going to put Matty through the ringer and just when he hits rock bottom we're going to drop a bomb on him..."
I didn't realize he meant literally. Check out that cover.
Problem: How do you entice readers to start reading a monthly comic with issue #21?
Solution: Make it look like #1.
Brian gets a lot of well-deserved praise for being a great writer. From the damaged streets of the DMZ to the frigid wastelands of Northlanders, Brian brings heart, drama and truth to all of his stories.
Here’s the thing—it’s got a twist ending.
I just started working with Will (Dennis, my boss, who I’m totally scared of) plus Brian and Ryan (Wood and Kelly, writer and artist, who I’m totally a fan of) on this Northlanders book and I’m wicked excited about it. But it’s got this twist ending. And there’s something in the first script that totally gives it away.