Vampires are coming to Trump country in a new series from AfterShock Comics in March! Tim Seeley and Corin Howell are teaming up to create the new series Dark Red, which follows a vampire living in rural America. In an EX-X-XCLUSIVE interview with THR, Seeley explains what's going on with protagonist Chip Ipswich:
He has to make sure his shift is over before the sun comes up. It's a pretty miserable existence, because he doesn't have access to any of the flourishes and community urban vampires do. And that pisses him off, because he also knows what those fancy bloodsucking fops think of people like him. Then, of course, a stranger comes to town, the bodies start piling up and Chip is forced to confront everything he thinks he knows about himself, vampires, his home and America itself. It's a story influenced by current events but told with a down-on-his-luck vampire and a cast of some of the best characters I've ever managed to make up.
According to Seeley, the comic will explore the political divide and animosity between rural and urban America:
But we're used to seeing vampires as this very glamorous, urban phenomenon, and I wondered what it would be like to be the bloodsucker who got left out in the country. I grew up in a rural area, near a medium-size town. But I've lived in major rural areas now for 20 years, after I had to leave my hometown in search of opportunity. I've watched the politics and lifestyles of rural people and urban people become vastly different from each other. I've seen the mutual resentment they share for each other firsthand. So this book seeks to look into that, using a vampire as a metaphor.
Politics in our vampire comics? AIIIEEE!
Check out the cover (featuring some Trump hats), uncolored pages, and sketches below.