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1970s-Inspired 'Dracula' Graphic Novel in the Works

Alex De Campi and Erica Henderson's story will take Bram Stoker's classic character from 19th century Europe to 1974's Los Angeles.
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Alex De Campi and Erica Henderson's story will take Bram Stoker's classic character from 19th century Europe to 1974's Los Angeles.

The Prince of Darkness is returning to comics this fall with a new, classic take on Bram Stoker’s original story, as Alex De Campi (Archie vs. Predator, Bad Girls) and Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Assassin Nation) team for a retro graphic novel with what is likely to be the greatest title of 2020: Dracula, Motherf**ker!

Taking place in both 19th century Vienna and Los Angeles in the year 1974, the book is described by publisher Image Comics as the ideal companion to the recent BBC One/Netflix Dracula miniseries, as well as a stand-alone twist on the original story.

“Most people who know my work are aware that I love pulp/exploitation cinema, so me doing a book called Dracula, Motherf**ker! shouldn’t really surprise anyone,” De Campi said Thursday in a statement. “Another thing I wanted to bring to this pulp fantasia was a sensibility from horror anime, with its love of transformation and of the noncorporeal, to push the element of man-as-monster in directions specifically suited to sequential art.”

She continued, “Erica Henderson has been an absolute dream to work with. She brings so, so much to the book, from her expert visual storytelling skills and her experimental, wildly exciting use of color in this story to her appreciation of my Demi Moore jokes. When I saw there’s a nocturne page which is chartreuse silhouettes on a cobalt background, I nearly died, it was so striking. Erica’s so famous from Squirrel Girl so people frequently think of her in terms of her skill with comedy, but seriously, she can do anything.”

The graphic novel is scheduled for release Oct. 7 in comic book stores and Oct. 13 in bookstores.

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