Webcomics Weekly, where I take a spin around a webcomic and publicly flagellate myself for not reading more webcomics, as there’s such an incredible variety and talent out there. In fact, as soon as someone perfects the extended 36-hour day or invents a proper way to get a full nights sleep in 30 minutes I promise to do this at least twice a week. But until then, you’ll have to put up with a regular Saturday thing.
Oh, and if you’ve got a webcomic that you really, really, really think I’d love, send me a link. Always open to more great comics.
Anyway, this week we’re pretty much looking at a brand new webcomic, Carmilla, from Thomas Wellmann, and Dominik Kolodzie, based on J. Sheridan Le Fanu’s gothic tale, one of the earliest Vampire tales, published 26 years prior to Dracula.
You may recall Wellmann’s excellent Pimo & Rex comic, a joint publication from Blank Slate and Rotopol Press. That was a riot of colour and comedy, funny and thrilling. The plan is to adapt Carmilla online and publish through Reprodukt in early 2016. Which is very much a reason why we need Blank Slate Books more than ever, because this really does need an English publisher to jump on and put it out and Wellmann is exactly the sort of German artist Kenny Penman was so good at putting in front of us.
Carmilla is a tale of a young girl, Laura, whose life changes when she has a vision of a beautiful young woman in her bedroom, and imagines that she’s been bitten on the chest. Years later, an 18-year old Laura meets Carmilla, and the young women recognise each other from very similar visions they had when young.
The webcomic (at time of writing this) is in it’s infancy, but already is sparkling with Wellmann’s gorgeous artwork, the first few pages might be deep in the dark night, but even here Wellmann’s art is dripping with rich colours and his sense of tension and pacing is just spot on. Definitely one to add to your must read lists. Here’s the first five pages. Enjoy…