Saturday, August 23, 2014

Trivia about the Comic Book Series, Part 1

The comic book series started after the artists were first commissioned in 2011. Issues 1 and 2 were published in 2012, Issue 3 in 2013, and issue 4 in 2014. 

How old is the comic book series? As of 2014, it is at least 2 years old, and more issues are set to be published.

This is the first comic book project for Creator/Writer Lia Scott Price, Artist Andrew Setter, and Colorist Chad Hammontree. 

Creator Lia Scott Price met artist Andrew Setter online on a site called Andrew brought in his friend Chad Hammontree to be the colorist for the series.

There are two artists working on the comic book series: Andrew is the former illustrator (drawing and inking- Issues 1-5) and Chad is the colorist/letterer, graphic designer and art director.

Future issues will be drawn by Lia Scott Price.

Lia Scott Price exhibited the comic books for the first time at Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2013, and they were sold out by the second day of the event. The comic books have sold out again at Comikaze 2014 and in 2015.

The artists worked on and completed the first 2 issues while they were still in college. They finished 2 issues within a year. Later issues now take at least a year to complete since they graduated.

Currently, it takes a year to complete an issue, from planning and production to publication (due to the independent nature of the creative team, who also juggle full-time day jobs). The artists do their own inking by hand, but coloring is done digitally. (As of 2015, Andrew Setter's last issue was Issue 5).

Vampire Guardian Angels is done in black, white and red film noir style with full color covers.

Local metal bands are featured and have cameos in the comic books.

Writer Lia Scott Price first writes her comic books in script format, and the artists storyboard the panels. Price also gives ideas and direction on the covers, and the artists interpret and draw the covers.  

After 3 issues and a year and a half of working together via text, phone, email and online file-sharing, the artists and the creator finally met in person when Price flew them over for Stan Lee’s Comikaze 2013. The artists Andrew Setter and Chad Hammontree  live in Missouri and Lia Scott Price lives in Los Angeles, CA.

The comic books are based on Price’s existing Vampire Trilogy Novel “The Guardian, Revenant, and Dominion”.  Issues 1-3 are condensed versions of the novel, and issues 4, 5 are sequels in comic book format. Future issues will all be in comic book format.

Artist Andrew Setter's artistic influences are the film noir art of Frank Miller (Sin City), and comic book artist Marc Silvestri (DC Comics, Top Cow Productions). 

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