“Jump Right In”
This took a long time to letter. I kept changing the dialog.
LOVE is in the BLOOD
Dr. Laila McCarthy is no ordinary archaeologist. In a world that is changing too quickly, she has lost touch with her Sumerian warrior past as Lamashtu, the first vampire. But…
the past will bite you.
Greg Carter is a graphic novelist, author, and publisher living in Atlanta, GA. Among his titles are the urban fantasy Love is in the Blood, the spy thriller Perfect Agent, the sci-fi adventure Solar Harvest, and soccer-playing magical girls in Striker Force Magica. He is always developing more graphic novels, anthology pieces, and mini-comics.
Greg is the founder/webmaster/coordinator of UpDown Studio, an online artist’s collective of eclectic creators working with several types of media and formats. Comics, fiber art, novels, photography, painting, and more are represented by it’s members. UpDown Studio also serves as the publishing imprint for the group.
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Marvin Mann began his career inking The Trouble with Girls (Malibu Graphics) and went on to illustrate Ape City, Flesh Gordon and Lizard Lady. After a hiatus, he returned to draw Arcana Jayne: Hair of the Dog for Lisa Jonte’ (Girlamatic) and followed that up with four graphic novels currently available from BOOM/Archaia . Look for The Lone and Level Sands and Some New Kind of Slaughter with A. David Lewis), Inanna’s Tears with Rob Vollmar and The Grave Doug Freshley with Josh Hechinger. More recently, he wrote and drew the short story Them What Comes in Outlaw Territory (Image), Okita and the Cat for Josh Hechinger (Comixology) and has collaborated with Russell Lissau on eight short comics for Omega Comics Presents, Reading with Pictures and as mini-comics. For a more complete listing, check out his website at www.cosmorynth.com.
Marv remembers when Love is in the Blood acquired its title and found himself jumping up and down crying, “That’s perfect!” He is pleased as punch to have the opportunity to bring to bring Laila and Company’s adventures to a computer screen near you.
Gina Biggs is a freelance artist and has been creating comics for over fifteen years and has run StrawberryComics.com since 2004. Strawberry Comics is an all-female group of creators banding together to help promote women in the comic industry as well as the neglected and often overlooked genre of love and romance in the medium.
She is the creator of the romantic series that sweeps you off your feet,Red String. The series has been running since 2003 and the first three volumes are published by Dark Horse Comics. Since it’s inception, it has gathered a worthy following and continues to touch the hearts of those who read it. She also offers up Erstwhile, a collaborative series adapting the lesser-know Grimm’s fairy tales into comics. And, of course, who could overlook the ever-naughty FilthyFigments.com? She offers not only her own erotic comics, but also the comics of many other brilliant female creators.
CAST (in order of appearance):
Dr. Laila McCarthy, Ph.D. (a.k.a. Lamashtu) – vampire – professor and head of the Ancient Cultures Department at the University of Atlanta. Born as the demon Lamashtu, and became the first vampire. Has used many identities over the years.
Colonel Kimberly (Kimmy) Roberts – human – leader of the U.N. Special Forces Vampire and Magic Division.
William Winters – human (magic user) – Special Agent of the U.S. Bureau of Evil Elimination, and located in the Atlanta field office.
Joan Winters – human – Assistant Director of the U.S. Bureau of Evil Elimination and Director of the Atlanta Field Office. Also William’s older sister and boss.
Autumn Winters – vampire – William’s twin sister. Turned at age 12 when their parents were killed, she has reached adulthood and will no longer mature.
Chupacabra – Ceiba’s Royal Guard. These are not turned Homo sapien vamphir, but Homo neanderthalensis vamphir. Only five are still known to exist.
Ceiba – Master vampire – Once the ruler of many Meso-American cultures over the centuries, including the Mayans and Incas. He is a powerful figure in the government of modern Mexico.
Captain Terry Baker – pilot and squad leader of Colonel Roberts’ Quick Response Team.