Dark Horse and It’s Daddy Issues

Written by Shaun Daniels and Edited by Sharon Wong

If there is one, and only one, company successfully bringing vampires to the forefront, it’s Dark Horse Comics as they publish a plethora of popular titles featuring a large family of fangs.  Currently clocking in at five titles that firmly plant vampires at the very front and center, the publisher is at the top of the vampire (comic book) game with Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9, Angel & Faith, Baltimore: The Curse Bells, The Strain and House of Night.  Don’t retract your fangs quite yet as there are at least two additional titles that will have vampires in attendance including B.P.R.D. and Criminal Macabre.

It was no surprise that with all the vampires at Dark Horse Comics, they had a packed house for “Buffy and Angel Present: Dark Horse Does Vampires Right!” at New York Comic-Con.  The five person panel consisted of the lovely and talented Rebekah Isaacs of Cadence Comic Art, the artist on Angel & Faith; uber editor/writer Scott Allie of Dark Horse and Glimmer Train Press; Anne Marie Tallberg of St. Martin’s Press, the VP, Associate Publisher for House of Night; Director of Media & Public Relations for Dark Horse, Jeremy Atkins; and writer (and screenwriter) extraordinaire Christos Gage, the writer of Angel & FaithOf course, no panel is complete without news; Gage fed the vampire-loving audience with a meal-sized snack regarding Faith and her blood family…as in her father.  This marks the first time that dear old dad will appear in any shape or form, shedding light on the make up of Faith.  Gage also indicated that Faith’s father will not be the only father figure appearing in the upcoming arc titled “Daddy Issues.”  A few of Angel’s former female associates like Harmony and Illyria were a cause for plenty of cheers since their future will be cemented in Angel & Faith including a possible appearance by Drusilla.

Dark Horse announced other vampire-affected titles such as the comic adaptation of P. C. Cast’s best-selling series House of Night.  The vamp parade didn’t stop there; Dark Horse is finishing up The Fright Channel favorite Baltimore‘s second series Curse Bells, and released news of the comic adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan‘s novels The Strain.  A new B.P.R.D. miniseries will focus on vampires and considering Criminal Macabre‘s Cal MacDonald was killed by a Nosferatu, it’s a safe bet that vampires will be popping up from time to time.

Feedback is always welcomed at shaun@horrorhaven.com and sharon@horrorhaven.com

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