Every time I visit the local bookstore I head over to the wonderfully wonderful comic book section, turn into a little kid, and get lost in the magical world of comics. While scanning the section on my last trip I was surprised by how many vampire books, movies and TV shows have been adapted into comics. Obviously comic adaptations are nothing new, but noticing them together on the shelf made me realize how popular it is nowadays. Seeing so many of our beloved vampires in comic form inspired me to dedicate an entire post to a few of the many comic adaptations.
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Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy is one of the most popular young adult vampire book series. The Vampire Academy graphic novel was illustrated by Emma Vieceli and just hit bookstores this month.
Yes, Stephenie Meyer’s ridiculously popular Twilight has been adapted into a graphic novel. The comic was illustrated by the highly talented Young Kim who worked with Meyer during the entire project.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Damn near every Buffy fan knows about the Buffy comics. Buffy creator Joss Whedon wasn’t ready for the tale of Buffy to end, so when the show ended at its seventh season Joss continued the story in the Season 8 comic books. The Season 8 comics just came to an end and we’re now on the highly anticipated Season 9 which you can find on Dark Horse’s website here.
Most of us knew about the Buffy comics, but not everyone knows that Angel, the Buffy spin-off, was also made into multiple comics. There’s Dark Horse’s original Angel which ended a few years back and now the new and ongoing Angel and Faith series. But that’s not all, there are a few more Angel comics out there, you can see a list here.
Laurell K. Hamilton’s popular Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series was adapted to comic form a few years back and is still ongoing. It appears that Marvel is adapting each book in the series one at a time, they also did a little prequel comic. I own the first volume of the comic and the prequel, but that’s it. Personally I have a hard time following this comic, I need a nice neat list with a reading order or something.
The popular young adult series was adapted by the author herself, Ellen Schreiber, and illustrated by Rem. The three volume manga adaptation was titled Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives and was published a few years ago.
BloodRayne is one off my all-time favorite video games, so I am pretty geeked that it was later turned into multiple comics. Each issue of BloodRayne was released as a stand-alone self-contained one-shot story by Digital Webbing.
Cirque du Freak
Darren Shan’s widely popular Cirque du Freak series has also been adapted. The Cirque du Freak manga is a Japanese series illustrated by Takahiro Arai that was later released in the US and the UK.
Let Me In
Dark Horse Comics have produced a four-issue prequel titled Let Me In: Crossroads which is based on the film Let Me In. John Ajvide Lindqvist ,the original author of the novel Let the Right One In, was not pleased about the comic at all. But that’s not stopping folks from loving the comic. You can pick up the first issue of Crossroads here on Dark Horse’s website.
The Vampire Lestat
Anne Rice’s fantastic vampire novel The Vampire Lestat was also transformed into a graphic novel. I own it and while I don’t love it I don’t hate it either, it definitely could have been better. Anne recently announced that Interview with a Vampire is also being turned into a comic. You can read about that more here. I can’t wait for that one!
And that’s a small peek into the massive world of vampire comic book adaptations. I’m sure there are many more out there that are not on the list below, so feel free to let me know in a comment below if you can think of any others.