Mike Mignola, Italian artist Rachele Aragno (Mel The Chosen), colorist Dave Stewart and letterer Clem Robins will be teaming up in October for a new original one-shot from Dark Horse Comics – Leonide the Vampyr: Miracle at the Crow’s Head.
The beginning of a series of collaborations between Mignola and Aragno, this full-color comic will release October 5 and come in two covers – a main cover by Aragno and Stewart, with a variant by Mignola and Stewart.
Leonide the Vampyr: Miracle at the Crow’s Head will introduce, according to Dark Horse, “all-new characters, a new and horrific world, and one unforgettable young vampire”. It is completely independent of the Mignolaverse or Outerverse, for which Mignola is usually associated.
The plot outline:
“[A] small coastal village is home to normal people living quiet and simple lives –– until a shipwreck brings a small coffin and its smaller occupant into their midst. And what begins as a miracle soon quickly takes a horrible turn.”
Interestingly the inspiration for the character came from one of Aragno’s daily sketches last year.
“Last October I was publishing daily sketches on social media. Mike Mignola had seen the first one, a portrait of a vampire girl, and he loved it. From there we started talking about the idea of a collaboration between us, and that my vampire portrait could be the basis of a story.
“When Mike sent me the outline, I went crazy with joy. It was perfect, and I was delighted to be able to draw and put those words on paper. Mignola has always been in the pantheon of my favorite authors, and I was honored to be able to work with him.”
Mignola chimes in,
“I pretty much fell in love with Rachele’s art the moment I saw it—especially these little drawings she was doing of a little vampire girl. They have the perfect balance of innocent charm and weird creepiness. Sometimes you just look at a character and you know their stories. That’s pretty much what happened here. Almost no effort went into it—I just looked into her spooky little eyes and the stories came spilling out.”