- Posted by Johanna on May 1, 2008 at 7:00 am
- Category: Graphic Novel News
Why May, traditionally for springtime, bunnies, and flowers? Because the publisher has two graphic novels featuring the creatures coming out this month: Joann Sfar’s Little Vampire and Life Sucks by Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria, and Warren Pleece. They’re very different in mood, style, and audience, though. Little Vampire contains three whimsical-with-edge stories for all ages, while Life Sucks is aimed more at the post-college, “what am I doing with my life?” crowd.
The high concept of Life Sucks is Clerks with vampires. Dave’s a member of the undead whose life has changed not a bit. He’s working at a convenience store for the vampire who turned him because his master needed a night manager. He’s got a crush on goth girl Rosa, but another vampire’s in his way.
It’s a well-observed, sometimes wryly funny coming-of-age story with an abrupt conclusion that doesn’t fully explore the big plot events that happen shortly before the end. (Maybe they’re planning a sequel?) It’s still worth reading, though, for the sharp character sketches during the dialogue-driven scenes, and the concepts, rethinking the traditional seductive creature of the night, are amusing.
So, let’s talk vampires!
My favorite vampire comic is Spike: Shadow Puppets. It’s completely an in-joke for fans of the Buffyverse, but it gave me such pleasure to read. Runner-up: First Second’s Vampire Loves, because disaffected young adults redone as mythical creatures who still have the same problems of finding love and purpose is genius.
My favorite vampire film is The Lost Boys, because it’s not about the gore, it’s about the mystique and the appeal of being different and distant and powerful.
My favorite vampire show is Angel, due to the amazing character transformation Wesley goes through over the course of the series. Upon rewatching recently, it held up much better than Buffy for me. And it made me cry.
What are yours?