Vampires have popped up plenty of times in comics, especially lately. Yet across their appearances I’ve not yet come across how they appear here in Jacques Nyemb’s new fun little indie comic, This Bites.
The issue begins with protagonist Jasper waking up and leaving his house. After finishing some shopping he’s suddenly bitten by an amusing and quite silly looking vampire, one who has been silently stalking him for a while. From there we follow as he tries to figure out what to do next.
The first thing that struck me about the issue was the art. Bright, colourful and crazy, the work by David DeGrand instantly brings to mind 90’s cartoons seen on Nickelodeon or Cartoon Network. Bluntly put, it’s appealing as hell. Everything has a lively fun feel to it. Exaggerated character designs set a consistent and memorable style throughout that compliment the lighthearted tone perfectly. I could almost be fooled into thinking this was an adaptation of a current cartoon. It’s simple sure, but there’s a ton of charm to it.
Speaking of the book’s tone it’s almost ridiculous, but the best kind of ridiculous. The story moves fast and the characters are completely larger than life, it’s just all silly fun, that again brings back memories of goofy and lively children’s cartoons.
At twenty pages and with an average of only around three panels a page it won’t take you very long to fly through it. That said, I did find myself going back and re-reading the issue just to get another look. The light-hearted story, and especially the entertaining art, give enough incentives to flick back through. Another nice touch is the lettering by Marc Jackson. A mix of lower and upper case, the funky font is as wacky as the rest of the comic. Together there’s a lot of cohesion as all the parts gel nicely.
The plot may be very simple for this opening issue but when coupled with the energetic art it’s quite a unique comic. Considering you can pay whatever you want for it, there’s really no reason not to throw at least a dollar down to check it out. At the very least I suggest checking out the free preview. As a bonus all the funds go towards giving the book a graphic novel, so if you like the look of it you’re directly supporting the release of more. If you want to go grab the comic itself you can do so here.