Weird World of Webcomics: Sully Sullivan’s ‘Ugly Vampire’

Take a break from all those beautiful blood-suckers and get “ugly.”

With the new Twilight movie in theatres I hope everyone has had their fill of pretty, sparkly vampires because this week in the Weird World of Webcomics we’re spotlighting a nosferatu who is just a little bit different. It’s Sully Sullivan’s Ugly Vampire.

Ugly Vampire tells the story of Jerry — your typical, every-day, overweight nerd who spends about as much time in front of his boob tube as he does chowing down on junk food. His life is basically a slipshod existence until one night – during a 24-hour marathon of vampire flicks – he decides that the only way to turn things around is to get bit by a vampire!

Sullivan’s webcomic riffs on the recent influx of glamorous ghouls within the sub-genre of vampiric horror and shows how the undead lifestyle is not everything the “movies” make it out to be. The story is fun and light-hearted, but unfortunately for poor Jerry, there’s no Bella Swan in his future… at least not yet.

The artwork on Ugly Vampire is vibrant and while there’s a bit of a wait between updates for the webcomic, you can tell that Sullivan takes her time crafting each panel on every page and makes wonderful use of color. The art does a great job of conveying the story, and Sullivan does not shy away from drawing her characters from different angles and vantage points. The one critique I would make regarding the storytelling is that Sullivan would benefit from an editor, to catch some minor type-os within the script. It’s nothing major, but when the art is so well done, readers will likely expect the same high-level of quality in the text as well. However, this is certainly an easy fix and something that can be addressed if Sullivan ever decides to collect her webcomic in a print edition.

So if you need a break from all those beautiful blood-suckers who seem to be taking over the (under)world, check out Ugly Vampire at

Written by Will Penny

Will Penny hails from the cornfields of Iowa, but calls the sunny beaches of Southern California his home these days. When he’s not out surfing you can probably catch him at a local coffee shop doodling away at another creepy picture for his webcomic Sex and Monsters.

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