Comic-con is here at long last! Over the past few decades the convention has grown into this massive event that highlights not only comics, but movies and television as well – which means we’re going to get all sorts of vamp-tastic news this weekend! First up is Dark Horse’s announcement that they are adapting two widely popular vampire book series into comics – P.C. and Kristen Cast’s House of Night series and Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain trilogy.
P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast are well-known for their bestselling young adult House of Night series. Now the Cast girls are bringing these teenage vampires to comics with all-new stories that tie in directly to the existing series.
In the new comic series, which will take place between scenes from Betrayed (the second book), Zoey is in desperate need of guidance as she prepares to take over the elite student group known as the Dark Daughters. Surrounded by her group of loyal friends, Zoey turns to The Fledgling Handbook, a historical vampyre tome, in hopes of better understanding the massive world of vampyres.
“Watching my characters and their world come to life with the fabulous team at Dark Horse has been fulfilling and fun,” said author P.C. Cast. “Fans are gonna love these comics!”
The comic will be co-written by Kent Dallan with art by Joelle Jones (Troublemaker).
The House of Night comic will be in stores on November 9th.
Up next is the upcoming comic adaptation of The Strain, the vampire trilogy created by director Guillermo del Toro and novelist Chuck Hogan.
Adapting the first novel from Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s The Strain Trilogy, this chilling new comic — told in eight issues — deals with an outbreak of tremendous proportions that puts a horrifying twist on the vampire genre.
“When discussing The Strain, Chuck and I agreed on one thing regarding any possible adaptation: It should not start until after we were done with the last book in the trilogy and we would only entertain a medium that would allow us to expand the world and the characters we had created,” said co-creator Guillermo del Toro. “Working with Dark Horse, David Lapham and Mike Huddleston provides us with the chance of expanding it further. A dream come true!”
“The chance to work with del Toro on any project was just too good to pass up,” said writer David Lapham. “But the fact that this is a vicious horror project, that I’m teamed with a great artist, and been given a great amount of creative freedom to interpret the novel has made this a dream project.”
Adapted by writer David Lapham (Stray Bullets, Kull), with art by Mike Huddleston (MK Ultra), the horror-filled first issue of The Strain will be available December 14th.
We’ve got two VERY different vampire comics coming this winter – one for tweens and one for adults! I am so excited! What do you guys think of the upcoming comics?