I recently attended MCM Comic Con in Belfast. It was the first time being there and as such it was quite chaotic on the first day. By the end of the weekend, and the end of sunday it was nice and quiet and I was able to really admire the various artwork displayed by those in the comic area of the event.
I came across Vampire Free Style by Jenika Loffreda
A brief summary of the series is this:
A witch boy in training is looking for his girlfriend who vanished mysteriously.
He meets Micia, a black cat who can speak with the stars and who knows
something about the missing girl … something connected to a magic necklace,
a vampire looking for his memories and a 300-years-old forbidden love…
The artwork is amazingly beautiful, a haunting mix of both gothic and dark with at times humorous overtones due to the amazing Micia. Who I would argue kind of steals the show somewhat, though I am a bit of a cat lady at heart.
but in addition to this adorable character, the story is not overwhelmed by Micia and is at the end of the day a charming story about love against the odds.
while it is a self published comic, and as such can be hard to get a hold of, there is wealth of information on where to purchase on her website, with it proving to be surprisingly versatile. If you miss her at an event, her work is available both UK and Ireland wide in a variety of shops, although at present this is limiting depending on where you live. Thankfully, this is sorted as you can also order it online!
While it is a little slow to start, it is worth sticking it out as recent issues have started to show how everything so far was building up to explaining the past of some characters more fully, what may have seemed like a loose end is fixed. As it is self published, and I’m not sure if it is beta’d much like some fanfictions are, there are a few errors here and there, but these can be easily ignored due to the story and also the art.
I would hesitate to say that the style reminds me of Tim Burton soley on the gothic nature of the imagery, however Micia does have a slight Tim Burton-esque look. The actual comic with it’s imagery did remind me of a mix of the manga Bizenghast and for some reason made me think back to a manga called Goth that I read years ago (so I can’t be 100% as to why it came to mind as the actual narrative of that tale has left me)
Overall, for a small self published work, it is actually very good, and so far does seem to be building on its success. I suspect there is a bright future for this series, and so I recommend you check it out NOW!