Vinnie The Vampire
It seems like everyone loves a vampire these days. But you won’t find any sparkling romantic fantasies in this comic! Vinnie from Vinnie the Vampire is a fairly typical boy from a family that just happens to be vampires. He does all the usual things a teenage boy does: eats his bloody breakfast, fights with his little vamp-sister, and has tableside conversations with his “Vampa” – Ok, maybe that’s not quite so average.
Vinnie the Vampire is published twice a week and never ceases to be charming and entertaining! The creator, Tim Green, was gracious enough to take part in an email interview. So I present to you this inside scoop straight from the creator himself:
Megan Markey: When did you first realize that you wanted to create a webcomic?
Tim Green: The idea for “Vinnie the Vampire” had originally been developed in the mid 1990′s. Not until I obtained the domain name in July of 2011 did I begin to think of my strip as a webcomic.
MM: Do you have any role models in the world of comics? If so, did s/he have an effect on your decision to create Vinnie the Vampire or on your art style?
TG: In 1978 I discovered the “Garfield” comic strip and I was hooked. I was nine years old and I used to carry around an old beat up notebook and draw all the strips I could find in it. “Calvin and Hobbes” was another favorite that had a lot to do with influencing me. There was no direct influence for the comic, I’ve just always enjoyed the horror genre and just gravitated naturally to it.
MM: There has been much hype on vampires lately. Did this in anyway influence your choice in creating a vampire comic?
TG: No. Vampires have always been my favorite monster. Salem’s Lot is one of my favorite novels and I prefer the dirty, vicious vampire to the pretty boy sparkly ones.
MM: In 2011 your comic was completely black and white. At the beginning of 2012 you started adding color. Was there a particular reason you decided to make this change?
TG: I had been getting some feedback from other artist about adding color and at first I only played around with a splash of red here and there. Once I committed to the idea I really liked the results and I never looked back!
MM: What inspires you? Vinnie the Vampire always seems fresh; is it difficult to come up with new ideas twice a week?
TG: That is one of the reasons I went from three a week to two. I want my comic to be fresh and entertaining. Coming up with ideas I think are “Vinnie” worthy is definitley [sic] the hardest part of the process. I read the biography of Charles Shulz [sic] and was completely blown away at how his comic was basically a journal of his life! Most of my comics are a reflection of things going on in my life, of course I have to warp it to fit in the madness of Transylton.
MM: Was it always your intention to keep “mom” an allusive character?
TG: Mom represents the presence of authority in life. Her character is there to add the pressure to Vinnie’s life that is needed to make him who he is. I think it is a good balance and to bring her into the strip as a visual element wouldn’t work as well. It’s also lots of fun to just imagine what she’s like!
MM: And lastly, what is your greatest satisfaction as the creator of Vinnie the Vampire?
TG: Every time I get a response from someone who really enjoyed a particular strip, it gives me a real sense of accomplishment. I want to suck people into this world and I would hope they enjoy it enough to keep coming back for more!
It was an honor to interview Tim Greene and discover certain aspects that make Vinnie the Vampire successful. This vampire webcomic is absolutely delightful. If you take the time to read Vinnie the Vampire I am sure you will agree.