Writer's Commentary: Paul Cornell And Jeremy Whitley Talk Vampirella #7

Dynamite has sent over a writer's commentary by Paul Cornell and Jeremy Whitley for Vampirella #7. Cover by Philip Tan, interiors by Andy Belanger.


Here is an epic commentary on Vampirella #7, featuring an unprecedented changing of the guard in writer right before your eyes on the printed page! Now that is tag teaming! Buy your copy, in stores now, and read along.

Paul Cornell:

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After writing so much doom and gloom in the last arc, I welcomed the chance to get a bit playful and fun with this one.

Writer's Commentary: Paul Cornell And Jeremy Whitley Talk Vampirella #7

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I wanted to make sure that we acknowledged all the different versions, which is what my run was about, plus added some fun ones of my own. The 'original' version was meant to be all cartoony, like the very first depictions, but I think that was asking too much of Andy [Belanger].

Writer's Commentary: Paul Cornell And Jeremy Whitley Talk Vampirella #7

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Actually, to give him credit, they're not ridiculously waif-like.

Writer's Commentary: Paul Cornell And Jeremy Whitley Talk Vampirella #7

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I appreciated the chance to throw some shade at that silly costume directly.

Writer's Commentary: Paul Cornell And Jeremy Whitley Talk Vampirella #7

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I love offhand allusions to stories the reader won't see. Something I often indulge in.
Writer's Commentary: Paul Cornell And Jeremy Whitley Talk Vampirella #7

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You know the song, from Winnie the Pooh?

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I like what Andy's done with the coffins framed around her head. He makes that new hairstyle rock too.

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I really like those moments when I can show that my Vampirella has a kind of off-kilter morality going on. She lets herself enjoy these amoral thoughts.

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I thought it was my duty to get around to mentioning these characters from previous versions that readers would have been invested in, and not edit them out or over-write them.

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I kind of empathize with the chibi, too. Always.

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And of course there are also 'bad' Vampirellas! Because one would feel cheated without, surely?

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Random action sequences. If I was ever going to do them, it was in this two-parter.

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My head, also.

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And, most of all, I wanted Vampirella to bite herself and like it. That's kind of the climax of my run, right there.

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The forbidden room is right at the heart of the gothic genre. This two-parter was also very much about something. I'm liking the structure more from this distance.

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I do hope someone brings back Vampirello. Not often I get to gender-switch a character in that direction. And he has such gothic roots.

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It's a great pleasure to hand over to a writer as talented as Jeremy, with Andy still here as the artist, and editor Matt Idelson there to make sure it all flows smoothly together. It's not often in comics you get to manage a handover so well. Good luck, Jeremy! Thanks for having me, all.

And now (tag!), Jeremy Whitley:

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Thanks, Paul! It's a pleasure to have an opportunity to follow you on this book. You've left me so many wonderful toys to play with, especially with the changes to Vampirella in Gothic Plot. So naturally I then spent a whole page with Vampirella not wanting to wake up. But who doesn't like Vampirella lounging in bed.

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If you want a single image of a girl that's hard not to fall in love with, you can do worse than Andy Bellanger and breakfast foods.

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I like the idea of Vampirella, someone who has literally seen it all as having difficulty being sincere. I'm sure no writers out there can relate to this.

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So now to start breaking all of the nice toys that Paul gave me to play with. Sorry, Paul.

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Andy killed it on this page. HA! Anyway, hope you guys are enjoying it so far. Come back next month to watch Vampirella rip a guy's still-beating heart out of his chest. No, really, that's in the next issue.

About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.