Andrew Foley Shuffles Randomly
Comics creator Andrew Foley is interviewed at The Pulse:
I don’t know if you’ve run into this, but pretty much every comic editor whose let me pitch to them says the same thing right up front: “No vampires, no serial killers.” Having been a submissions editor at an online comic company for awhile, I know exactly why they say that--the vast majority of what gets submitted is crappy vampire stories, and the vast majority of what’s left is crappy serial killer stories. In spite of this, because some deeply twisted portion of my psyche apparently wants me to fail miserably, I concocted a story about a serial-killing book editor who runs into a vampire.
In a nutshell, DONE TO DEATH is intended to be the last vampire story ever written. My goal is to utterly ruin the genre for anyone who attempts to work in it from hereon in, at least anyone who wants to approach it in anything resembling a serious light. This might upset some hardcore fans of vampire culture, but it should be welcomed with open arms by submissions editors and anyone who’s read one too many Anne Rice novels (I’ll leave it to the individual reader to decide how many is one too many.)
Shannon Wade is the editor who discovered Shelley DeMornay, the world’s greatest living vampire novelist. They had a falling out a few years back, which resulted in Shannon getting demoted to the much-loathed position of submission editor. Because her company publishes Shelley DeMornay, the vast majority of Shannon’s slush pile consists of crappy, derivative vampire stories. Shannon hates the vampire genre--hates it so much that she starts hunting down and killing people who insist on sending her this crap.
Andy is the world’s worst vampire. A stuttering, overweight loser, he was once Shelley DeMornay’s biggest fan. Her books were like religious texts to him, and he believed in them so much that he actually went out and managed to become a real vampire. He thought doing so would transform him into a confident, sexy figure, like all of Shelley’s characters. Instead, he’s been turned into an immortal stuttering, overweight loser. Someone’s going to pay for it. A lot of someones, actually.
Shannon and Andy are going to collide, and when they do, it’ll be one of the funniest or most horrific things you’ve ever read--ideally, it’ll be both.
The book he's talking about, Done To Death, is powered by the ultra cool art of Fiona Staples. If there's a comic shop near you, you can make them order D2D for you with a special, garlic-enhanced code: May063281. If you're an Edmontonian, be sure to look for it at Happy Harbor Comics.