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Cupid's Got a Death Ray!

(PG; Superhero) Agent K tries to relax after rebooting the universe and stopping a General Zaq attack. Why do these vacations never work out? Collaboration with special guest artist Line Olsson!

By David Marshall April 13th, 2013 Categories: |

(R: Violent Satire) Blade kills Twilight, bringing a sparkling franchise to a bloody conclusion.

I’ve never read a word or seen a minute of The Twilight Saga. From sheer media saturation, I think Stephanie Meyer‘s vampires are much more “in touch with their feelings” than Bram Stoker’s Dracula. During a drunken party conversation in 2009, my friends and I thought it’d be funny if Blade took a break from his own movies to kill everyone on Twilight.

Update! Art now enhanced with DuoShade-inspired tones. Check out the technical and historical details.

I developed this joke into an actual story in June and July of 2012. The first draft had Blade killing the Twilight characters and other famous vampires, then getting away before the FBI could arrest lead actor Wesley Snipes for his real-life tax convictions. There were too many tangents to keep track of, but the clash of fictional characters and Hollywood reality created some humor.

I suffered for my art by watching Twilight in July 2012. My God it was worse than I imagined, horrible even for its intended audience of 13-year-old girls longing for the mystery of sex. This did, however, make the opening fight scene of Blade much more enjoyable. Thanks to the Boston Comics Roundtable for workshopping my script and providing inside Twilight Saga gossip I would have missed. Extra thanks to professional comics writer Chris Roberson for talking me out of bad word balloon placement.

Like “Window of Opportunity” and “Six-Year-Old Horse Thief“, the original art is 12 x 18 inches (matching the most popular working size of Golden Age and Silver Age comics). My style for this story is heavily influenced by Wally Wood’s EC Stories Artist’s Edition. The hand lettering size matches the Silver Age work of my idol Artie Simek. Other tools include:

  • 12″ x 18″ live area on Strathmore 500 bristol paper
  • Speedball Super Black India Ink
  • Short-handle round #4 sable brush
  • Ruling pen (borders)
  • Speedball nib #512 (straight lines, details)
  • Speedball C6 and B5 (lettering)
  • Ames Lettering Guide (4.0 even-spaced calibration)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 (production, DuoShade tones)

Now you know everything I do. Is this story equally enjoyable for fans, non-fans and anti-fans of The Twilight Saga? Read “Twilight’s Last Gleaming” and tell me yourself. In the meantime, thanks for hanging out!

— David Marshall

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