Vampire Vixens

Published On June 3, 2011 | By James Bacon | Comics, Reviews

As Wasted comes to an end after eight issues and joins comic magazines such as Dodgem Logic and DFC with those other titles that looked so brilliant such as Toxic, Blast and Deadline in the great comic book Library in the sky, James Bacon looks at a story that seems to have captured the imagination.

Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht is one of those stories that shouts out at the reader, stunningly illustrated funnily told, it is a snap shot of brilliance, that deserves to be seen, issue number 7 of Wasted sported a most incredible cover and that issue sold out; it’s now in restock with limited availability along with the final issue, with the second part of the story (check the Wasted site for more up to date info).

(cover to Wasted #7, featuring the Vampire Vixens of the Wehrmacht by Alex Roland)

Artist Alex Roland gives us the low down; ‘I pitched the idea of a Nazi Vampire babe to the editorial team and they said to give it a blast. As I was working on this cover I had all sorts of ideas going through my head about her and how she could fit into a war comic scenario. Prior to this I’d been working on visuals for the combat/horror film Outpost 2 and knew there was a market out there for this type of genre.’

This insight from Ronald is indeed inspired, as the comic and prints of The Vampire Vixens sold out at Kapow!, and it rapidly became a comic that was highly sought after in quick order.

The story itself, by the small press writer only known as Emperor, is quintessential British humour mixed with a classic war adventure. The two episodes so far published tell of how The Evil Germans have found a new weapon, Vampire Vixens, but one of them happens to have been turned to fight against Jerry and so heads off on a mission with a Chaplain to capture a spherical piece of human tissue, of legend and soldiers songs. This hilarity means the story is not too serious and is reminiscent of the likes of the Goons or Monty Python lampooning the subject of the second war.

The creative team is complemented by Jim Campbell who not only letters the strip but also brings some editorial input, and one can see that this team take serious care in their efforts at telling a good story.

The comic is beautifully drawn, the artwork fully painted in style and tremendously accurate, and of course, the Vampire Vixens are immediately iconic in their look. Ronald admits that he is drawing on many different sources of inspiration, ‘exploitation cinema of the late 70s and early 80s… Rock album covers, war comics like Battle and Warlord and Italian exploitation mags like Terror Blu and Hessa. Episode two has a panel that echoes the Bond poster, For Your Eyes Only and some of the promo images take their cues from the movie title sequences.’

The detail here is indicative of the calibre of the story, and one hopes that the final part and further stories will be picked up, if ever there was a marketable product this is it, although Ronald does say he is in negotiations – we can only hope for more.

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James Bacon

James Bacon is a train Driver working in London but originally from Dublin. He also loves comics, theatre, history and books, runs conventions, writes about these activities and has edited a Hugo-winning Fanzine.

5 Responses to Vampire Vixens

  1. Emperor says:

    Thanks for the mighty fine write-up. The reception has been great so far and expect more in the near future – there will be blood (nudity and knob gags).

  2. Matt Badham says:

    Interesting stuff…

  3. Emperor says:

    Oh it has been pointed out to me that:

    * It is a chaplain not Chaplin (although that is a crossover I’d like to see)

    * I haven’t drawn anything – I am merely the co-author (the creative process is pretty fluid) and any attempts at drawing on my behalf have almost resulted in people calling the police because they mistook it for some surreal and yet sexually-threatening missive from an escaped mental patient (all my human figures look like mutilated penises).

    • Richard says:

      Emperor – cheers for those. Changes duly made. Although I think you’re onto something with this Chaplin idea….. go on, you know you want to.

  4. Emperor says:

    Oh trust me, the cogs are already turning 😉 Wouldn’t be the first time I’d used mistakes and misunderstandings as a basis for a story. Now if only I could convince Alex to let me draw an episode…