Seven Costumes of Comics: Vampires

burne-jones-le-vampireVampires, or the undead, are some of the oldest creatures in many mythologies. They may have different characteristics, appearances, origins, and ways to meet their final demise, but they do have one thing in common, they play on the fear of the immortal unrest those with a spirit must face.

It’s all those differences that make the vampire as a Halloween costume so unique and creative. From Anne Rice’s Victorian vampires to the Goth kids with fangs, vampire costumes leave much to the imagination.

Plus, if you’re going to have a Vampire in your group, why not have a Van Helsing or a Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the crew as well (have I mentioned before how much I love buffy_season_1Buffy?!)?

There has been a resurgence in vampire comic books lately with Scott Snyder’s American Vampire and the adaptation of The Strain, but I am going to highlight a slight older book for today’s costume inspiration. Steve Niles’ and Ben Templesmith’s 30 Days of Night is not only a unique take on the vampire trope but also a beautifully crafted story about what it means to live and die.

30-days-of-nightBarrow, Alaska is so far north that every winter 30 days go by without a single ray of sunlight. While many people flee Harrow for a brighter spot in the sun, few, like Eben the local policeman, stick it out in the land of the midnight sun. But this year, the residents of Barrow will ask themselves who benefits the most from the lack of sun and when will their rampage of destruction and devastation end?

If you enjoy horror comics, you should check out both Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith’s other work. What is great about 30 Days of Night is how well Niles minimalist writing style and Templesmith dark, muddled art work together to tell a seemingly simple story.

Bon Appetit with some vampiric Halloween reads!