So, you thought the variant to #1 by Jim Lee was amazing? Now to reveal the variant cover image of issue #2 by the one and only Bernie Wrightson, horror artist extraordinaire:
Now you want to know what other artists are on the list for variant covers on upcoming issues of AMERICAN VAMPIRE? Well, I’ll tell you, but just a couple. Adam Kubert is on issue #3 and JH Williams is on #4. How’s that for a Tuesday?
And if you haven’t been there yet, check out today’s Q&A with Scott Snyder and full vampire reveal of Skinner and Pearl at USATODAY.com!
Win a copy of AMERICAN VAMPIRE #1 signed by co-author Scott Snyder today on Twitter.
Go to Vertigo_Comics on Twitter.
Answer this question on the Vertigo Twitter page: What vampire movie is at the top of Scott Snyder’s list of favorites?
(Hint: check out Graphic Content’s 3/16 post.)
The first 15 eligible entrants with the correct answer will win.
Check out the Official Rules below.
AMERICAN VAMPIRE #1 Signed Copy Twitter Contest Official Rules
1. ENTRY: No purchase necessary to enter or win. To enter the contest, you must be among the first 15 people to tweet to @VERTIGO_COMICS the correct answer to the question posted via the VERTIGO COMICS Twitter feed to @VERTIGO_COMICS that day. DC COMICS will release a question at 12:30pm EST on 3/26. You may participate in the daily question and respond as often as you like.
2. ELIGIBILITY: Employees and contractors (and their families) of DC COMICS or any of its affiliates are not eligible. Must be 18 year of age or older and a resident of the United States or Canada. Void in Quebec and where prohibited by law.
3. PRIZE: 15 prizes (one per winner) will be given out. Prizes will consist of a copy of AMERICAN VAMPIRE #1 signed by creator and co-author Scott Snyder. Prize selection is at the discretion of the DC COMICS team.
4. WINNER SELECTION: The first 15 people to answer the question posted on the VERTIGO COMICS Twitter feed and tweet the answer to @VERTIGO_COMICS will win one of that day's 15 signed copies of AMERICAN VAMPIRE #1 signed by creator and co-author Scott Snyder.
5. WINNER NOTIFICATION: Each day’s winners will be notified directly via direct message on Twitter. The winners are required to contact DC Comics via email (the address will be sent via direct message) to provide contact information (full name, email address and mailing address). Each winner has until midnight EST the following business day to claim his/her prize; if the prize goes unclaimed, an alternate winner will be selected.
6. GENERAL CONDITIONS: The winners may be required to execute and return a Certificate of Eligibility, Consent and General Release form within 14 days of notification. Non-compliance within this time period may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. By acceptance of the prize, the winners consent to the use of his or her name and/or likeness for purposes of advertising or trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.
7. USE OF CONTEST INFORMATION: All entries become the property of DC COMICS. DC COMICS reserves the right to use any and all information related to the contest, including submissions provided by the contestants, for editorial, marketing and any other purpose, unless prohibited by law.
8. CONDUCT: All contest participants agree to be bound by these Official Rules. DC COMICS in its sole discretion, reserves the right to disqualify any person it finds to be in violation of these rules.
9. LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: DC COMICS is not responsible for late, lost or misdirected email or for any computer, online, telephone or technical malfunctions that may occur. If for any reason, the contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention or technical failures of any sort, DC COMICS may cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. Entrants further agree to release DC COMICS from any liability resulting from, or related to participation in the contest.
This week has been very exciting with the launch of AMERICAN VAMPIRE. Issue #1 hit the streets with coverage by mainstream press outlets as diverse and influential as the DAILY BEAST, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY/Shelf Life, USA WEEKEND, TIME/Techland, iO9, OKLAHOMA GAZETTE, AM NEW YORK as well as horror sites including; FANGORIA and DREAD CENTRAL and comic trade press including, COMICS ALLIANCE, IGN, CBR, IGN, and iFANBOY.
I hope you all enjoy issue #1. Now check out the cover of #4:
That’s right, you read the headline correctly. Today’s your chance to talk comics with Jim Lee and some of the biggest names in the industry: Where? Twitter. When? Tonight at 9pm EST/6pm PST.
So, pick up a copy of AMERICAN VAMPIRE #1 and devour it, if you haven’t already, so you can join in on the discussion. Then start following Jim (@jimlee00), and Vertigo_Comics. If you don’t have a Twitter account, signing up is easy. The rest is even easier: have fun, talk comics, vampires, the wild West, the roaring 20s, Skinner, Pearl, Jim’s variant cover to issue #1, and most of all enjoy!
Be there: Tonight at 9pm EST/6pm PST.
And if you can’t make it right on time, click on the hashtag “#DCreader” to catch up on the discussion!
“This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles, and we’re stealing it back.”
That’s what Bono says on the first track of “Rattle and Hum” before The Edge rips into “Helter Skelter.” That’s kind of how we feel about vampires these days. They are sexless teenagers. They go to school. They sparkle.
Vampires have been stolen from us, the horror fans of the world, and we’re stealing them back with American Vampire. Don’t get me wrong, there is plenty of heart in this story and a budding romance to rival the great ones. But it’s the monstrous, ravenous, insatiable part of vampires that we miss.
This was Scott’s plan from the beginning, back when he pitched this idea to me over a year ago. He said, “one exciting thing about the story (if not the most exciting) is the chance it affords to create a brand new kind of vampire. An American Vampire. Something that’s powered by the sun…born of the West, with rattlesnake fangs that inject a paralyzing venom into you when you’re bitten…the exciting prospect is to get to reinvent a classic movie monster and a classic genre…”
I had been looking for a way to make vampires cool again and Scott nailed it. This was it. He even buried the coolest title ever in there—he just didn’t know it yet.
Then he told me his friend Stephen King (yeah that Stephen King) wanted to make vampires cool again too. He wanted to write a couple issues.
Then we asked Rafael Albuquerque if he wanted to make vampires cool again too. He answered by sending us the coolest character designs you’ve ever seen.
Then we went to work…
Cut to today. Issue one of “American Vampire” is on the stands now! Scott, Steve and Rafael have been bleeding on to the page for all of you readers who miss real vampires. Scary vampires. Dangerous vampires. Sexy vampires.
Today, I’m excited to reveal a 3 page preview (from Pearl's story written by Scott Snyder) from AMERICAN VAMPIRE #1 and a piece by Scott Snyder on his Favorite Vampires.
If you've seen the pages that were posted on THE DAILY BEAST yesterday, the guy hanging by the pool just might look familiar. But isn't it the 1920's?
Now, like I said yesterday, don’t walk. Run to pick up a copy tomorrow. In the meantime, find out a bit more about creator and co-author Scott Snyder and his favorite vampires.
Scott Snyder on his favorite vampires:
It's funny, when I got the question - who are your top 7 favorite vampires? - I started to list my favorite vampire movies. And if I had to make that list, it would look something like this:
Let the Right One In
Dracula (both the original and the Bram and the Coppola one for its crazy excess)
30 Days of Night as a bonus
I was about to send the list over, when I realized that the question was favorite vampires. Not vampire movies. So I started thinking, and I realized that basically all my favorite vampires come from the top few movies on the list. Ralphie Glick floating outside his brother's window, scratching at the window, grinning. Lance Henrickson as Jesse Hooker - who answers the question: How old are you? with the line: I fought for the South. Bill Paxton is maybe my favorite of all time, Severen, who's about to bite a biker and says: I hate it when they ain't been shaved. And the vampire women - secret crushes of my youth - Jami Gertz as Star, and Jenny Wright as the entrancing Mae.
When I think about it, these are my favorites, the vampires from Near Dark, Lost Boys and Salem's Lot, and the reason - I think - is that they represented something new and newly scary when I was a kid. They weren't the old vampires with slicked back hair and accents shuffling around castles on clifftops in some far away land. They were vampires re-imagined as scary and modern things. Young, sexy, sociopathic, sometimes conflicted, sometimes evil, always so real. In Salem's lot, the people you know are turned into the evil undead - your neighbors, your brother, your girlfriend... Barlow is very scary, don't get me wrong, with that Nosferatu mug - but even scarier is your best friend knocking at your window, come to kill you. The vamps in Lost Boys were cool to me when I was a kid (mullets and all, I admit it) - they were modern and bad-ass and I wanted to be like them. And Near Dark (probably the biggest influence on AMERICAN VAMPIRE) features vampires that are like modern-day serial killers, terrifying drifters that could show up at your door at any moment in that blacked out Winnibego.
Basically, I guess my favorite vampires are the ones that actually seemed like they might walk the landscape I lived in, when I was a kid. Vampires that were homegrown, part of the community, the neighborhood, the American landscape. And in a big way, this is what we're trying to do with AMERICAN VAMPIRE; we're trying to make the scariest, coolest, most bad-ass vampires to date by offering up a brand new species of the things. A species that lives in your town, your city, walks by day (doesn't wear leather pants or turtlenecks or black trenchcoats or crouch brooding on gargoyles over the rain-soaked city). A stronger, meaner species that stalks every decade of modern American history. Hope you enjoy.
We are very excited to announce that the exclusive first preview of AMERICAN VAMPIRE issue #1 will run on Monday March 15th with THE DAILY BEAST, the influential and popular news and arts website started by co-founder and editor-in-chief Tina Brown. And to accompany the preview, they will have an interview with the master of horror: AMERICAN VAMPIRE co-writer Stephen King.
Folks, make no mistake about it, this is big news.
When we first announced AMERICAN VAMPIRE we generated national mainstream press attention: USA TODAY, THE NEW YORK TIMES, THE DAILY BEAST and much more. Wave two of the publicity campaign has already begun in earnest this week:
* We unveiled co-publisher Jim Lee’s variant cover to issue #1 right here on Graphic Content.
*The April issue of WIZARD Magazine (#223) includes a two page feature story on artist Rafael Albuquerque.
And that's just the beginning. In addition to widespread press coverage, you’ll see unique pieces and sneak peeks posted here on Graphic Content. So keep checking back.
The new breed of vampire is coming.
I can’t wait for you to see it . . . just days away….