Vampires on Acid

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When you think of swinging London in the '60s, you might flashback in a swirl of color and sitar sounds to a time when the Beatles music, Twiggy's figure and Mary Quant's mini-skirts defined popular culture. In those days, hip young Brits defied convention by expanding their collective consciousness and exploring the pleasures of art, fashion, music and, well, narcotics. Some might say this explosion of creativity reshaped the way we see the world today. But no one ever gives credit to the influence vampires had on that period!

Oh sure, the Rolling Stones liked to shock their fans by suggesting some Satanic affiliation, but Mick and the boys weren't drinking blood or hiding from sunlight. This May, writer Mark Ricketts (Nowheresville, Lazarus Jack) and artist Micah Farritor (The Living and the Dead) will introduce you to the dark, mysterious and sometimes horrific side of nineteen-sixties London in a 184-page graphic novel from Image Comics entitled Night Trippers.

The story focuses on a young named Dot and the ancient, megalomaniacal, yet trendy vampire who would transform her into a pop icon.

"It's also got vampires on acid, a pop group that worships Satan and a serial killer that's still living in the '50s. We've parodied Twiggy, The Beatles, Brian Epstein, Mary Quant, David BaIley, Brian Jones, the whole trend setting bunch," Ricketts said. "We even threw in King Arthur and Oscar Wilde, and there's plenty of violence, suspense and romance to keep the non-history buffs on the edge of their seats."

To add to the Night Trippers experience, Ricketts, Farritor and the rock band Epicycle have created an mp3 audio file with original music and interview content reflecting the time the story takes place in. It?s available for free download at "http://www.nighttrippers.com" or at iTunes at "http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=120992138&s=143441.

The Night Trippers GN (ISBN: 1582406065) ships May 17 with a retail price of $16.99 You can pre-order this title from the new March PREVIEWS catalog.

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