Meet Charby the Vampirate; part vampire, part pirate. This is a web comic written by Amy Stoffolino, who writes under the handle “Amelius.” Charby was born on a ship where he was a slave to pirates who verbally abused him and beat him daily. He runs away from the pirates, only to have his throat ripped out by a vampire. He is still a child when he is murdered by the vampire, and is reborn as a vampire, to remain forever trapped in a child’s body.
After the attack, he wakes up to discover that he is a vampire, and quickly discovers his power and strength. He decides to go back to the pirate ship to seek revenge. He tears apart all of the pirates on the ship he ran away from, viciously murdering all of them.
The comic series goes on to chronicle Charby’s adventures. He is a vicious vampire without mercy for any man, woman, or child. He feeds without discrimination and is quick to tear his victims to shreds so that they do not reawaken vampire.
The web comic is very diverse, it has all sots of mystical creatures. Fairies, demons, mermaids, elves, werewolves, and zombies are among the many who appear in the comics. The writer also makes up creatures of her own which are perhaps even more fun than the folkloric creatures. My favorite are the bunny demons! These are strictly vegetarians and are a matriarchal, peaceful society.
It tries to include a lot of magical elements; dragons, witchcraft, and lots of magic hats. Charby soon befriends a werewolf who is perpetually trapped in wolf shape, and who lets Charby move in. Their cabin becomes a sort of home for homeless demons.
The comic even has an alp! The alp’s name is Tonius Zopfius VonHarnier. The alp, as written about before, is a nightmare vampire of German lore. It also introduces a female alp named Yiska later on in the series.
It’s a fun comic that has lots of magical elements and characters who have plenty of adventures, it’s definitely worth checking out.