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Seely, Emmons Redefine Gory Vampire Romance With “Ex Sanguine”

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Seely, Emmons Redefine Gory Vampire Romance With “Ex Sanguine”

Well known for his freelance work on superhero series like “Ant-Man & Wasp” and “Wildcats,” Seeley chose to draw “Ex Sanguine” for a change of pace and style. “A lot of it is that when I was just drawing and not doing much writing, one of the most pleasurable experiences drawing was when I did the ‘Halloween’ book [from Devil’s Due in 2008]. When I do horror, I get to draw in a slightly different style. I can draw normal people wearing clothes instead of spandex. I mean, I love superheroes, and I have no plans to stop drawing them, but it certainly is its own discipline. After doing freelance work for the big two over the last several years and doing superhero stuff or variations on big punching matches, it all felt like the same kind of thing. The horror stuff gives me a looser style. There’s something inherent in horror stuff where you want the art to have an off kilter feeling which matches the way you want the reader to feel. I can accomplish that in a different way than I can with superheroes where the current fans of that material want things really realistic and detailed.

“When we started talking about doing a story with Dark Horse, they said to us, ‘We want you guys to put this together’ I realized that I’d never gotten to draw a vampire comic. Josh and I started talking about the setting of this New England town and a vampire who’s sort of an English, foppish sort of dude. I thought, ‘Oh, I can actually break out my horror style!'”

“Ex Sanguine” #2 is currently on the stands from Dark Horse.