The Sorrows of Young Vampires
or, Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Vampires
Some Cautionary Comics You Can Really Sink Your Teeth Into
Sure, it might seem glamorous, alluring and exciting in an Anne Rice novel, but the sorrows and disappointments of the vampire
lifestyle deathstyle are vividly morbidly portrayed in these Graphic Novels.
First off, there are people out there who are actively seeking to do you deadly harm. Just one stake through the heart and your immortality disappears like a pricked balloon.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer Omnibus. Volume 1 / Joss Whedon [and others], writers ; Eric Powell [and others], artists
Buffy Summers, freshman cheerleader and valley girl realizes her destiny as the alpha female Slayer, bane of all vampires, and other monstrous creatures of the evil dark. This first omnibus volume is based on the television series, and presents stories that “take place before Buffy the Vampire Slayer's first season," and include an origin story that ties together the 1992 film with the TV series. The reader is also introduced to supporting characters, her enemies and friends, such as her Watchers, who train her in the arts of vampire slaying. Writer Joss Whedon’s character designed to subvert the legions of stereotypical teenage girl horror movie victims has been embraced by fans. Since her appearance, she has gone from exterminating demons on the big screen to the small screen and then to graphic novels and prose.
Secondly, your new boss is likely to be a real blood-sucker.
Life Sucks / Jessica Abel, Gabe Soria, Warren Pleece; coloring by Hilary Sycamore
Dave’s life is boring and miserable. He’s the permanent night clerk at the Last Stop convenience store in a small strip mall in Los Angeles. All he does is work, sleep, and eat. The boss is on his case all the time. Most of the customers are obnoxious. The only thing that brightens up his life is when Rosa comes in with some of her Goth friends. She’s friendly, polite and she’s a vegetarian. Dave’s friends encourage him to ask her out. He may feel insecure and afraid, but after all, he is a vampire. It’s possible that she might find that appealing.
And last, but not least, your chance of romance may just disappear.
Vampire Loves / Joann Sfar; color by Audré Jardel; translation by Alexis Siegel
Ferdinand the vampire has a very unfulfilling love life. This makes him a depressed vampire. He has an on again off again relationship with “Liana, but everyone calls her Lani [who] is a mandragora, a girl/plant. She was born under a hanging tree and her curse is that she drives men crazy.” The girls, disembodied spirits, vampires, and giant centipedes who are attracted to Ferdinand, he finds too aggressive and wild for his taste. Whenever he meets a girl—and they’re usually human—who reciprocates his affections some surreal change of plot parts them.
Jardel’s choice of colors playfully follow Sfar’s episodic plot lines, which wander from romantic encounters and complications to play with a jar of “Monster Putty,” to adventure and detective stories, and all this plays out in an environment of the supernatural. Through dialog and drawing human desires and frustrations are played out in a mirror of the fantastic with gentle humor.
So, when you meet someone who offers to give you a nip on the neck, just say NO!