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 www.uglyvampire.com.