Acquainted with the Night


So you're doing a comic about vampires... what makes yours so special?
My characters may be vampires, but that is not the sole defining aspect of their character and personality. Consider this more a study in the psychology of our own human minds, if we were allowed to spend hundreds of years discovering ourselves, instead of a story about how cool and edgy it is to be a vampire.


But you're just jumping on that Twilight bandwagon, right?
I've liked the vampire genre since middle school which, rest assured, was way before it was cool to do so. I've been working on the (main) characters presented here since about 2004, and didn't read the Twilight books until sometime in 2008. While I have been inspired by many vampire books, Twilight is not one of them-- none of the vampire 'lore' in that book makes sense to me, and none of the characters bring anything new to the table. So, in short-- no, I'm not. I have always planned on doing something with these characters, but it happened to take this long for me to figure their story out and become a competent artist. So count my timing unfortunate-- or maybe lucky, who knows?


What's the title from?
The title is also the title of a Robert Frost poem, which is displayed in full in the prologue of my comic (i.e. the first 6 pages). I chose that poem, and the title, because I felt it resonates deeply with the comic as a whole, and with the characters. I've loved the poem for a long time.


What do you use to create the comic?
My main tools are Photoshop CS5 and a Wacom "Bamboo Fun" tablet, used on my MacBook Pro. Sometimes certain pages, particularly the chapter covers, will be done in traditional mediums. I will specify these mediums, and the dimensions of the piece, in the author comments.


If you use Photoshop, you must use outside resources. What are they?
I use textures, brushes, and fonts that I find for free on the internet. I can't promise that all of them are here, but these are the main sites:
Fonts
Blambot
Fontspace
DaFont

Brushes
Great grunge brushes
BrushKing
BrushEezy
Further brush resources!


Do you have the whole comic planned out, and what help do you have in writing it?

I have the pages scripted out way ahead of time, and though the entire script isn't entirely written yet, I do know the main events of the comic; it's just a matter of putting them together.

My good friend Chajiko could be considered a co-author of this comic, as the story comes from years of role-play between our characters. Some of the main characters in the comic are hers. She will be writing about them at her website, Noctuabundus, which updates (for now) every Wednesday!


Have you done any other webcomic work?
My first webcomic was called Scog, and was actually a joint effort between me and my friend at the time. The story started as a novel way back in 8th grade, and looking back, it should have stayed as a fun middle school fantasy. I learned a lot from my time at the comic, which I turned over to "Sunja" in January 2010. Right now it is on a hiatus of undefined length, but you can read the whole thing here.


I can't get enough of vampires! What would you recommend?
So glad you asked! Let's start with books:

"The Silver Kiss" by Annette Curtis Klause
"Dracula" by Bram Stoker
"Companions of the Night" by Vivian Vande Velde
"In the Forests of the Night" by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
"Demon in my View" by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
"Interview With the Vampire" by Anne Rice Mature Warning. Say what you will about this lady, but this book is pretty important vampire-wise.
"Lost Souls" by Poppy Z. Brite Mature Warning
"Carmilla" by J. Sheridan LeFanu To my chagrin, I have not personally read this. It's on my list.

Manga/Comics:

"Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust" The DVD is mature warning-- the books I'd say 13+
"Hellsing" by Kohta Hirano Mature Warning for both anime and manga
"Bite Me" by Dylan Meconis An online comic that's complete hilarity. Found here
"The Crow" by James O'Barr This is a comic, and not about vampires, but it's a great read and has been a huge influence for me. Mature Warning.

Movies:

"The Lost Boys", 1987. C'mon, it's a classic!
"Underworld", series, 2003.
"Bram Stoker's Dracula", 1992.
"Interview With the Vampire", 1994. Skip "Queen of the Damned", terrible.
"Van Hellsing", 2004.


I have a question, or have found a rad vampire source that you didn't list here! How do I contact you?
Please email me at: ccrask (at) gmail (dot) com
Thank you!