If you’re like me, you love the behind-the-scenes stuff. Director’s commentary, original manuscripts, awesome documentaries about the making of an album. I love all this creative process stuff. That’s why I like to PACK the collections of our comics with bonus material. If you don’t have it yet, check out AMERICAN VAMPIRE VOL. 3. Tons of bonus sketches and designs from Rafael Albuquerque and Sean Murphy. Awesome stuff. But how about some BEHIND the behind-the-scenes stuff? See below for Rafael's ORIGINAL sketch of the Taipan vampires. He based them on Tengu spirits from Japanese folklore. As the story developed, and we realized these vamps would be more feral, blind, cave-dwellers, he changed the design. But the original was pretty cool too:
Longtime AMERICAN VAMPIRE fans know that there are many different strains of vampires and they are all vulnerable to something different. Sometimes wood…sometimes silver…sometimes… But the vamps spawned right here in the good ol' US of A (a species known as HOMO ABOMINUM AMERICANA if you want to get technical about it…) like SKINNER SWEET and our gal PEARL are only vulnerable to one thing: GOLD. A fact that Pearl learned WAAAAY back in issue 5. Remember that. It’s important. Crucial information to know for AMERICAN VAMPIRE 23 in stores THIS WEDNESDAY 1/25. Trust us, you do NOT want to miss this…
The Nocturnes are a band that you’ll be seeing soon in the pages of AV in a two-part story called (duh) “The Nocturnes” with incredible art by Roger Cruz.
Some of you might think you know Roger Cruz, but trust me, you don’t.
AV artist and co-creator Rafael Albuquerque called me one day to ask me if I knew Roger’s work. “Sure,” I said. “X-Men guy, right?” Indeed, Roger had done some X-Men back in the day, but as Rafael told me and I quickly learned, that’s not his “true” style…
Roger is an incredibly versatile and talented guy. That’s why we’ve asked him to come on board for this two-part story about the deep south, Doo-wop music, and a haunted man named Calvin Poole. Remember him? If not, you will. And you'll remember The Nocturnes too...
Since it’s a New Year, I thought I would give a little tease of things to come. Three clues, three books, do you know which clue applies to which title?
All good things must come to an end.
Do you remember The Nocturnes?
Sharpen those blades.
That’s all for now. Come back over the next couple months for answers to these riddles. We have a ton of HUGE things planned for 2012 in these titles and ALL of Vertigo. Keep checking back here for sneak peaks, sketches, Q&A’s and more!
IGN announced AMERICAN VAMPIRE: Survival of the Fittest as the Best Mini Series of 2011 and Scott Snyder as Best Writer of 2011. THE TORONTO STAR includes JOE THE BARBARIAN in their list of Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2011 and they ran a rave review of MARZI calling it “a series of elegant vignettes that beautifully blend many familiar childhood moments with scenes of a maturing nation. Author Marzena Sowa, along with her partner, artist Sylvain Savoia, perfectly captures the emotion of this pivotal time in world history through the eyes of a child in a story that is deeply affecting.” VILLAGE VOICE picked SPACEMAN as one of 2011’s Best Comics and Graphic Novels. LARGEHEARTED BOY posted artist Rebecca Guay’s Book Notes playlist for A FLIGHT OF ANGELS. And CBR/Robot 6, EATER.com and FOODBEAST picked up the cover of GET JIRO! by Langdon Foss, which you can see below.
“Beast in the Cave” continues.
In the middle of the brutal Indian Wars an unspeakable evil is released on the world. Meanwhile, the friendship of Skinner Sweet and James Book is starting to fracture.
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #20 (on sale next Wednesday) features amazing guest art by the legendary Jordi Bernet (Torpedo, JONAH HEX).
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AMERICAN VAMPIRE writer Scott Snyder was recently profiled for THE ONION’S A.V. CLUB.
“In the ’40s cycle that we just finished in American Vampire, I knew that Henry was going to feel his own mortality because Pearl isn’t getting older, but he is,” Snyder said. “There’s this huge, epic war going on around the world and he isn’t a part of it. So my feeling was, where can we put him? What context can we put him in that’s going to really challenge or reflect his psychology at that moment? So, you realize the Pacific. He’s isolated; he can be all by himself out there in this small platoon.”
AMERICAN VAMPIRE continues with issue #20, in stores next week.
Scott Snyder and Jeff Lemire are the amazing talents behind the highly acclaimed series AMERICAN VAMPIRE and SWEET TOOTH, respectively.
As we enter the 1950s, AMERICAN VAMPIRE is terrorizing the suburbs with hot rods, teeny boppers and fangs! Here’s the cover to issue #23 on sale in January.
SWEET TOOTH begins a new storyline called “Natural Selection” as Jeppard, Gus and Singh are making plans to begin their journey to Alaska. Here’s the cover to issue #29 on sale in January.
Among their incredible Vertigo stories, as part of DC Comics-The New 52 Scott Snyder is writing SWAMP THING and BATMAN and Jeff Lemire is writing ANIMAL MAN and FRANKENSTEIN: Agent of S.H.A.D.E.
Over at FEARNET they shared their list of Top 10 Horror Comic Books.
In the final issue of the mini-series AMERICAN VAMPIRE SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST, Vampire hunter Felicia Book must make a horrible choice. The reverberations of her choice will impact the ongoing series AMERICAN VAMPIRE, changing her life and the world of vampires forever.
Read the conclusion in issue #5 this Wednesday! But in the meantime, here’s a sneak peek inside:
It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for; AMERICAN VAMPIRE is now in paperback!
If you’ve waited to read this phenomenal series, now is the time, but you don’t have to take my word for it. Here’s just some of what’s been said about the Eisner Award-winning series.
"Forget the neurasthenic, elegantly neurotic, aristo vamps of so much popular literature. Skinner is more like crossing Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul with a young, slim, undead Ronnie Van Zant from Lynyrd Skynyrd: a tough little cuss who wants to bite for the blood, for the class-revenge, and for the pleasure of it. . . . Very smart, knowledgeable stuff.” —ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY/Shelf Life
“Looking for a vampire story with some real bite? Then, boys and girls, Scott Snyder has a comic book for you. . . . Snyder’s taking literary royalty along for one bloody good ride. The master of horror himself, Stephen King.” —USA WEEKEND
“Go buy this book.” —TIME/Techland
“AMERICAN VAMPIRE is full of amazing dialogue and great characterization, simply an amazing book that begs to be picked up.” –AINT IT COOL NEWS
“Comic-Con fans can finally rejoice. . . . Stephen King draws blood in the comic book AMERICAN VAMPIRE.” —MAXIM Magazine
“Wonderfully nasty. It's not just another vampire story. It's a story about America. Bloody, vicious, and a whole lot of fun.” —COMIC BOOK RESOURCES
"One hell of a satisfying package . . . a rich, textured romp through vampire Americana, in such a fun way as to suggest the possibilities of this vehicle are as endless as the lives of the undead.” —IGN
“Seductively original, American Vampire simply deserves to be read.” —POPMATTERS
Convinced? Now head over to your local comic shop, bookseller or online retailer and pick up a copy.