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AMERICAN VAMPIRE: Mateus Santolouco vs Rafael Albuquerque

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.
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The Day I met Skinner Sweet (sort of…)

Have you ever been absolutely terrified in a candy store?

I have.

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.”

"...the cure for the plague of feyness among modern vampires."

BOOKLIST gives a rave review to AMERICAN VAMPIRE Volume 1 by Scott Snyder, Stephen King and artist Rafael Albuquerque.

"It would be entirely understandable if no one wanted to read another vampire book ever again. It would be

a shame, though, to miss this one. The story centers on an Old West outlaw named Skinner Sweet, who, in

AMERICAN VAMPIRE #7 preview

It's 1935, Las Vegas. Skinner Sweet is suspect number one behind the mystery of the bloodless victims – but could he just be a blood-red herring? Meanwhile, young police Chief Cash McCogan has his hands full with two FBI agents who may not be what they seem. Don't miss part two of "Devil in the Sand," and learn the secret history of Las Vegas! Pick it up tomorrow!

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Books to look for--Summer 2011!

With Summer 2010 having just come to a close, we’re about to look into the future at Summer 2011. See the list of Vertigo highlights below, including books by such great writers as Scott Snyder, Grant Morrison, and Max Allan Collins!

AMERICAN VAMPIRE VOL. 2 HC
Writer: Scotty Snyder
Artists: Rafael Albuquerque and Mateus Santaluoco
Collects: AMERICAN VAMPIRE #6-10
$24.99 US, 160 pages
Scheduled for release in May

AMERICAN VAMPIRE Volume 1 Extras

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.

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