ON THE SECOND DAY OF CHRISTMAS MY TRUE LOVE SENT TO ME, 2 VAMPIRES…
…and zombies in a story.
Cain and Lilith are just the beginning of the vampire lineage in BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING. This novel and its spinoff LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE are the perfect gift for any fan of the lore and historical events. Artwork shown at the right was done by Dan Pipito for the graphic novel version of the spinoff.
There’s still time to order a copy of one of my books for yourself or a friend for the holidays. If you want personalized copies then shoot me an email (Rickpipito@hotmail.com), otherwise they can be purchased in print or digital at Lulu.com or on Amazon.
Day 21 of #scrypthalloween shows the cover of my EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY sans text. @dpipito did the art which depicts a tree that represents the tree of Knowledge in the Garden of Eden, but has hints of skin, blood, and bones to signify each novel within. This collection consists of the novels: FLESH AND LEFTOVERS, BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING, and BONES AT BREAKFAST. It also contains the spinoff short stories: ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, and IN CASE OF WEREWOLF, as well as a timeline of events.
It is available in print at lulu.com and Barnes and Noble sites, as well as in digital at Amazon…
Official description: In FLESH AND LEFTOVERS Gordon Lightcap and Moira Donatelli recruit survivors of #zombie incidents in preparation for something much more sinister.
BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING takes the two on separate paths. Gordon seeks answers, assisted by an old flame. As they scour the globe in search of #vampire legends, Moira has aligned herself with Cain, but her goals are in question. BONES AT BREAKFAST places Gordon and Moira reluctantly working for the Russian military. Cases of #werewolf activity become obstacles in stopping Cain from finding the Garden of Eden.
Day 3 of #scrypthalloween takes a look at my #novel BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING. The cover art here (sans text) by @dpipito hides some of the plot in its colors. This was originally planned as a sequel to another book idea, but after the success of F&L it made more sense to do a #vampire #book. My villain Cain is a many fan favorite, as well as how I incorporated real historical events into the narrative. It’s available in print and digital forms at Lulu.com and Amazon, as well… as part of the Eden’s Order trilogy at those markets and Barnes and Noble. …….
official description: Gordon Lightcap and his group of unique specialists race against time to stop the coming apocalypse. Cain, the world’s first vampire, and his House of Twelve, have waited an eternity to put this world changing plan into motion. At the center of these two sides is one woman with two identities. Her human persona of Moira Donatelli, has left clues to assist Gordon in his quest, while her vampire identity, Lilith the Deceiver, has helped Cain back to power. Both men must fight for their survival as well as the woman they love.
Just in time for Halloween I decided to talk about the history of vampires. Many people believe Bram Stoker created the vampire legend, but was the person he based Dracula on really a bad guy? Who really was the first vampire? Do vampires really exist? These questions and more are answered in episode 16 of #thinksipwrite.
I also talk about what inspired me to write my novel BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING, and its spinoff short story LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE.
Originally available in comic book form, I’m happy to announce that a text version of LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE is now available in standard print format at Lulu.com, as well as for the Kindle on Amazon in the EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY.
LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE is a short story spinoff of my novel (Blood, The Second Helping), and expands upon the characters and stories going on in the novel.
You are alone with someone you just met. You hit it off and lean in to kiss that person, only to realize that their teeth are now two inch fangs. Your “friend” is a vampire thirsting for your blood.
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#scrypthalloween continues with day 4 bringing in vampires. My second novel, BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING, mixes legend with historical events. Gordon Lightcap and his newly formed team of agents must solve riddles that date back to ancient Egypt, uncover artifacts, and track down the man behind the vampire threat before his vision of a new world comes to order.
BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING is available at Amazon in digital form, and in print at Lulu.com.
Make sure to take part in my 31 days of #scrypthalloween. The best posts from each day will win giveaways. Check the previous posts, and the chart below to know what to post each day. It can be anything from topic related books, movies, food, drink, toys, hobbies, or anything you can think of. Tag me in your posts @rickpipito. Feel free to ask me any questions.
- Cover art depicted is by Dan Pipito
King Arthur and the legends surrounding him are the topic of this episode. I take a look at how he comes into my books as well.
Thanks to St Petersburg Vodka for joining me in this episode.
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Zombies, Vampires, & Werewolves are the three threats in the Eden’s Order Trilogy. Here’s a trailer I did for the collection, which is available on Lulu and Amazon.
The Trilogy contains the novels: FLESH AND LEFTOVERS, BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING, BONES AT BREAKFAST… plus the graphic novel stories from: ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, and IN CASE OF WEREWOLF.
There’s also bonus content including 3 extra short stories in the same universe & a timeline.
31 Days of Halloween: Day 4 is here and we bring the best of all three previous days together.
THE EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY contains FLESH AND LEFTOVERS, BLOOD THE SECOND HELPING, & the BONES AT BREAKFAST novels. Like a boxed set, I wanted to include some extras, so also within are the novelized versions (without pictures) of the comic book spinoffs: ZOMBIE INCIDENTS, LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, & IN CASE OF WEREWOLF.
So why is it called that name? Well without giving too much away, the Garden of Eden becomes the central focus of what this trilogy is building to. The antagonist, Cain, believes that finding this lost place will bring his type of order to the planet, while the protagonists feel that the unknown is too risky.
The Garden of Eden was supposed to have been a place of pure nirvana. We didn’t have to work for our food, and life was eternal. Our mistake banned us from there, but what happened to Eden? It had to be somewhere on earth right? And if we found it again, then would the peace and order become ours again?
A problem that is often found with the “truth” is that often the facts lead to more questions, so regardless of what happens as a result of such an action, there would be more that comes with it. Zombies, vampires and werewolves are the focus of the first three novels, but the underlying plot as a whole all boils down to this place. It puts in question everything we know and think we know. Getting people to think of the “what ifs” regardless of their beliefs or lack thereof, was my goal.
Open your mind with THE EDEN’S ORDER TRILOGY, available through links on the right of this page. *Note: on Amazon, the kindle version ONLY contains the extras that you wouldn’t get from buying the novels separately. I did this for those fans who had already purchased the books but wanted the whole saga without rebuying them.
For Day #2 in my 31 Days of Halloween series, I figured I’d focus on my second novel. This time I’ll share some historical events that I tied into BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING. How do vampires fit into human history? What events were they directly involved with? Is our history as true as we are taught? Here’s a list of hints toward what happens.
1) King Arthur was the first human to figure out the weakness of a vampire he encountered, so the legendary sword, Excalibur was forged from silver to be placed in the “stone,” which is not quite what legend says.
2) The Sphinx in Egypt has been a mystery for ages, but there is much more to the mystery and riddle than we know. Two vampires that ruled the land long ago had the monument built to hide something that could prove fatal to their kind.
3) Vlad “The Impaler” Tepes may not be the Dracula that Bram Stoker wrote about, but he is certainly tied closely to the man who truly is the dark vampire lord.
4) Chicago in the early 1900s was filled with heavy mob activity. Imagine that scene when a vigilante vampire begins abducting them. Tempers will rise and betrayal will ensue.
5) Wine has changed throughout history, but no one knows that wine is good for the blood more than a vampire. The longest lived vineyard in the world rises and falls.
6) The Fountain of Youth holds the key to the mysteries of why the Amazon rainforest is so vast and full of life, but the Fountain itself is a mystery. Could Abel (the world’s first victim of murder) be the answer?
7) Elizabeth Bathory’s name may make some people think of the game where you stare into the mirror and call “Bloody Mary”, but what are the true origins of that urban legend and why?
8) There’ve been numerous stories in the past thirty years about teens who actually believed they were vampires. In reality they aren’t but following the trail of one of these teens might make you see it in a different manner.
9) Various faiths tell the story of when Cain killed Abel, but what was the mark that was truly placed on Cain by God?
10) What was going on behind the lines during the most violent battle of the Russo Japanese War?
11) The CIA has been involved in many conspiracies, but there is one that has been kept a secret for over 40 years… They know about the existence of vampires and may even have employed the like in their ranks.
12) The story of Samson and Delilah is filled with betrayal, lust, and (you guessed it) a vampire.
BLOOD, THE SECOND HELPING and its spinoff graphic novel comic, LEGENDS OF VAMPIRE, are available through links on the right side of this page. Stay tuned for more 31 days of halloween, tomorrow.
Vampires are legendary. It’s that simple. There are tales throughout the ages of these creatures that have many different approaches to the lore. When I was halfway finished writing my zombie novel, I decided to slowly tie in the vampire aspect. I wanted something else to tackle. As I consulted Dan again with my ideas to expand the novels and a topic for our second comic book collaborative, I decided on a new approach.
Everything from vampire lore needed to exist in the same universe. Their weaknesses and strengths may not be universal among all blood suckers, but I didn’t want to discredit the varying kinds. And so, “Blood, The Second Helping” the novel was born, as well as its graphic spinoff “Legends of Vampire.” The characters involved in the first book needed to deal with something more dangerous than zombies this time, and vampires were the next logical choice. They are faster, smarter, and have abilities and influence throughout the ages, making them a powerful ally or lethal foe. Here’s a brief view of how it works in my created universe.
1) Silver weakness – The reason for this vulnerability goes back to the dawn of man. When Cain, the first vampire, murdered his brother Abel, the rock that he used kill his kin contained high amounts of silver. Forever, Cain would be damned to walk with a blood thirst and weakened by the element he used for murder.
2) Sunlight weakness – Not all vampires are harmed by the sun’s rays. Upon being locked in a room void of any sunlight for thousands of years, and surviving on only insects and small rodents, a vampire will become harmed by the sun’s rays. The lack of nutrition and fresh blood causes their skin to develop a lupus like disease. Immediate exposure to sunlight will either severly burn their flesh or cause them to turn to ash.
3) Generational differences: Cain, being the first vampire, is immortal. Even being stabbed through the heart with silver will not keep him at bay forever. Even if his body were to be destroyed entirely, his soul would reside somewhere until it returns to life. The twelve that he turned into his first generation vampires can die much easier. They each have their own abilities based on their talents in life. With each generation down the line, vampires progressively get weaker as the cursed blood slowly phases out through genetics. It is when the sixth generation comes that these creatures no longer require blood. They have become mindless zombies at this point and need flesh to survive.
4) Crucifix deterrant: Do crucifixes actually harm a vampire? The answer is no. There are certain sects of vampires who may believe in darkness. The sight of a cross literally enrages or repulses them. This is not the case with all vampires though.
5) Memory: Vampires remember and gain knowledge of everyone they’ve ever consumed the blood of. One vampire in particular, Kristoff, has the ability to learn everything and recall that knowledge at will. His photographic mind is of genius level proportions, enabling him to go as far as researching an injectible cure for his bloodlust… a cure for the vampire curse.
6) Garlic weakness: Garlic is like any other food. Its powerful scent and taste does not actually repel a vampire. It does have an effect on one vampire however. Evelyn, is a wine connoseur. She has found that the effects of wine on the blood are beneficial to the amounts of times she needs to feed. Unfortunately for her, she had a severe allergy to garlic when she was once human. That allergy remains in her vampire years and will cause her airways to close or for her skin to break out in a rash if exposed to enough of it.
7) Mind Control: Two vampires have exhibited mental abilities beyond normal means. One of these vampires has the ability to control anyone’s mind, while the other can communicate with animals and insects. Either one of these abilities makes them a more deadly foe than the normal vampire.
8) Healing: Vampires heal at a much more rapid rate than usual. If they lose a limb it will grow back eventually, unless that limb was severed with something made of silver. Silver hinders their ability to heal wounds. Drinking fresh blood will cause them to heal even more rapidly. In the case of the vampire, Evelyn, she has an even greater gift of healing. She can cure the wounds and ailments of others by absorbing them into her by a mere touch. The downside is that for a time, these afflictions are fully experienced by her until her vampire DNA forces it out.
9) Disease: There are many blood diseases and ailments out there. If you think that these abnormalities don’t affect vampires, then you are wrong. The effects of drinking the blood of someone who may have H.I.V. for example, are just as deadly for a blood sucker as they are for a human.
10) Youth vampire: Although he is not a vampire like the others, one man is still considered as much. This man is not a descendant of Cain’s curse. Instead, he had an accident that causes him to age exponentially faster than normal humans. He’s got no enhanced abilities like vampires do, but he can make himself younger by absorbing the youth of others. For example: If he were to breathe in the essence of a 12 year old, that child would become as old as he was at that moment of absorbing, while he’d gain the difference in years back to his youth. Theoretically, he could live forever this way.
11) Wannabe: There are some goth teens that have the desire to be something more. Believing that they are either vampires or will become vampires through their actions, they go on a string of murders, consuming some of the blood of their victims, including family members and friends. These are in fact NOT true vampires.
12) Historical influence: The following events are just some of the events directly related to vampires or their influence throughout human history: Cain and Abel, The Fountain of Youth, Excalibur, King Arthur, The Great Sphinx, Vlad Tepes, Sampson and Delilah, Lilith, CIA controversies, Kennedy Assassination, Elizabeth Bathory, and much more.
13) Mirrors: Vampires DO in fact cast reflections in mirrors. One vampire was not happy with their appearance however and decided to smash any mirror they’d come into contact with.
14) Foresight: One vampire has the ability to foresee events to come. Of course these visions could always change depending on actions taken in the present, but this one has the sole ability to see the future through dreams/visions.
Those are the vampires in our universe here. Notice there are no sparkles involved. Dan and I of course discussed the spinoff comic over another appropriate bottle of wine, pictured above. So what are our vampire influences? Below are just some of our favorites:
Rick’s favorite vampire Movie is Interview with The Vampire. His favorite Book on vampires is Bram Stoker’s Dracula. The Video Game series Legacy of Kain remains at the top of his list. Rick’s pick for vampire of the year is Selene from the Underworld series.
Dan’s favorite vampire Movie is 30 Days of Night. His favorite Book involving vampires is What if…Wolverine was Lord Of The Vampires. The Video Game series Castlevania remains at the top of his list. Dan’s pick for vampire of the year is the classic Nosferatu creature.
What are your favorites? Are you a vampire fan? Grab yourself a copy of “Blood, The Second Helping” the novel. It is available at www.lulu.com in softback book and on www.amazon.com for the Kindle. Also, the spinoff comic book “Blood The Second Helping: Legends of Vampire” is available for purchase at www.indyplanet.com. Help support our blood curling madness.
“Blood, The Second Helping” and its spinoff are (C) 2011 by Rick Pipito. Stay tuned for our werewolf spotlight…
For this Artist of the month (March 2013), we decided to go with our cousin, Vince Pipito.
Vince mainly draws things for other people as gifts or holidays. When time allows, he enjoys drawing or sketching. He illustrated one of the stories in sCrypt Comics’ first graphic novel “Flesh and Leftovers: Zombie Incidents”, and also contributed to interior art for Rick Pipito’s second novel “Blood, The Second Helping”.
Fonts, lettering, and faces are some of his self proclaimed strongest forms of art, but he’s always up for any kind of challenge with media, be it colored pencils, or watercolor, or anything he has yet to try.
Other than art, he is from Philadelphia but currently lives in Indiana. In his own words: “I don’t think I’ve grown up yet, or ever will because I’m still a big kid at heart. I buy every Transformer I lay eyes on, and play the heck outta some video games. I also love to run, mountain bike, and go to the gym as other hobbies. I am always up for a project, so get a hold of me if you want something drawn for yourself in my crazy style!!”
Vince can be reached by email at: Tfrmr77@gmail.com
As we gear up for our third sCrypt Comics graphic novel, as well as the fourth novel in the Flesh and Leftovers series, I decided to go back and look at the past. Like our previous graphic novel recap we are now going to take a look at sCrypt Comics’ second issue. We hit a few bumps in the road, and in the end fell short on length, but the art that we had gotten was astonishing to say the least. It is very difficult trying to organize something like this, and I give these artists all the credit in the world for producing such great work. Here is where you can get your copy of “Blood The Second Helping: Legends Of Vampire”.
Of course, I highly suggest checking out the full length novels as well, but if you are looking for some interesting and stunning artwork, and something that fits well in with the series, then this is something you don’t want to miss. Check out the gallery below and click on each picture to see a larger version. To grab a copy, check out the link on the name above, and of course you can always get the novels where these comics began at www.lulu.com.
Blood, The Second Helping: Legends of Vampire – Interview with Rick and Dan Pipito
The following are questions submitted by fans to Rick Pipito and Dan Pipito, co-founders of sCrypt Comics
Rick: Yeah. We spent a great deal of our childhood reading comic books, watching the cartoons and playing with action figures based on those characters. I always loved to tell stories and come up with how we would play out a scenario. Dan was the art guy. He has drawn for as long as I can remember, and always had a knack for making obstacles and backgrounds for the little figures. I think it was just something that we always thought about, but never thought would happen or take seriously until recently.
Q2: How does sCrypt Comics differ from other comic book companies?
Rick: We (at the moment) can’t compete with the major companies like Marvel, DC, Image, Darkhorse etc., but I think what draws audiences to us is that we are more adult oriented. Horror is our major outing right now and always will be, but we have other stuff (non-horror) in the works as well.
Dan: Independent talent is our workforce. Our focus to start was to get talent out there. We wanted all those who had an interest in art to have an artery for exposure. I think in the independent world at least, we have learned a lot and continue to grow. Each comic becomes a bigger outing with more experienced talent as well.
Rick: Another thing is that we are working with stories that are already in an established universe. Each graphic novel includes spinoff stories from the novels I have written. There are nine novels planned out in the series, and though we are behind them in publishing, we plan to have a graphic version of stories to expand each of those books’ plots. Like I said too, there are other ideas in the works as well.
Q3: What are your goals?
Rick: We’d love to get major sponsorship and exposure so that we can not only pay out artists on a more professional level, but spread their talent (and ours) also.
Dan: We also reached out to Marvel and DC as well as a few others, to create some competition. We want to know what they would say about our stuff. On our blog, we review comics too, so even if they wanted us to see what we think about certain stories, we’d be more than willing to scratch their backs, so to speak. Most of those comic companies started as small or smaller than we are, so I think we have the advantage there, it is just a matter of getting some recognition. The definition these days of Independent is sort of loose, but all in all it means someone who is self sufficient. And that is what we’d like to become. We’d love to be able to sew the holes in our pockets. The cost of each comic we do comes straight from our wallets, and that is why it takes us months to do one issue. We’d love to change that.
Rick: In the long run too, I think Dan wants to be able to draw, paint and express himself through his art for the world to see. I want the same with my writing. My novels are selling, and getting great reviews, but without a big time publisher or agent, everything is a lot of work. We don’t need to be rich off of it, but if we could bring a couple people with us along the way and all be able to support our families, that would be the icing on the cake.
Q4: Who are your artists this time around?
Dan: Well, if you consider it art, we changed printing companies. We won’t say names, but our previous printer gave us and a lot of our fans the shaft if you know what I mean. We were tired of bending over and taking it.
Rick: The new printer has been awesome. They have great personalities, and are fun to work with. Not to mention they put out a great final product and work with you to achieve the best. As far as artists though, we brought back Joe Parisi from the first comic. He emailed me and said he would be interested in another outing with us, and we were more than happy to oblige. He got more time to do it this time, and he wanted to do a different style, which was a completely different look from the first. I couldn’t believe it, but he literally nailed the story to a point where I swear those images jumped right from my head to the paper through his art. Everything I envisioned in that story he got down to a T.
Dan: Asher Humm was another artist who came back. He presented it to us at first as a finished product in black and white, but there was just so much visual that with text he thought it would be too hard on the eyes. He didn’t have much time in his schedule to do more than the massive amount he already had. We didn’t feel comfortable getting another artist to fill in color on his work, so… We told him to add some shading, and the next thing you know, he emails Rick and says, “Happy Birthday, man. This is for you.” I think Rick crapped himself when he saw the thing in full color. It was epic.
Rick: Dan did two stories again in this issue that were as impressive as the first, and he helped me with the covers and layout. Phillip Allie returned too using pencil type work instead of the full on color digital from last time. I guess it is a good thing when all these artists want to come back, because Leanne Wiedmeyer did as well. She was able to really take her time this round and do a full color spread. After coming in at last minute for Flesh, she really earned a spot without even asking for this one.
Dan: Sakura Jones is a new addition that we found through craigslist. Her portfolio was amazing right off the bat. She just graduated college and I can tell she is going somewhere with her art. She captured ancient Egypt nicely.
Rick: Another craigslist addition is Angela McQuillan. She is very involved in the independent comic scene, and helps run Philly Indy Comiccon. We were invited last year where we met her and were eager to show her what the first issue looked like. Her style is unique to these comics in that it is full of vibrant colors. In horror you don’t usually see that, but it works well in the way she portrays it.
Dan: Her product was very finished and professional looking. The depth was great in the final print. A friend of mine, J.C. Spence, also got involved this time. We had an emergency switch of personnel and called him up to give us a hand filling in. It was last minute, but he had the experience and knew what he was doing. He’s been around the major comic book scene for a year or two and knew just how to work the look into the frames. I actually worked with him in college. He was a few years ahead of me and graduating, but he asked me to do some background animation work with him on a project, so it isn’t the first time we’ve teamed up on a project.
Rick: With this graphic novel, we had more bumps in the road than the last one. When we got to a point where we were well beyond our original goal date, we had to fire another artist. There wasn’t enough time to have a replacement, and the book would have been incomplete without this story. Dan and I worked with our original storyboards and he arranged it with the script so that we could show the fans what the artists work with. On the title page for this one we wrote a little note to the fans about the storyboarding. My wife knew I was really let down by the artist and when I came home from work, she had drawn out a crayon drawing of a scene from that story. She did it as a joke to cheer me up. Instead, I laughed, immediately called Dan on the phone and said, “I have our cover for that story.” The look on her face was priceless, but she let us use it to complete the abomination of my horrible stick figures. <laughs out loud>.
Q5: Did you come into any obstacles with this outing?
Rick: Early on, we had someone say that they wouldn’t be able to do it after committing. We got someone to replace him fairly quickly. Two weeks later, the artist who backed out swore that he had time, and me being naïve and trusting, gave him another story from another artist who we had to fire for lack of communications. Of course, then that same first artist who backed out and came back, was then unable again, so we canned him for good. It sucked. I hate firing people. Now we were down two artists, but Dan filled in for the Samson and Delilah story, and JC Spence took the other story as our saving grace. When we were just about ready to go to publishing, like we said, we had another unexpected and unprofessional artist screw us. That is when we had to use the storyboard story. It’s frustrating when people do this on two levels. 1) they don’t care about other people they are affecting. And 2) It’s my name that has to let the other artists down that they aren’t getting the comic right away because of a delay. I understand that there are things that come up, and that would be acceptable, but to just ignore a contact attempt or numerous ones, tells me that that person really doesn’t give a shit.
Dan: Yeah, it seems that with this outing we sort of pissed off one of the artists who submitted their material early on. He never said so, but we got that feel from talking with him. It’s very hard to run a venture like this with a time schedule and little funding. We learn each time though and hope to correct our mistakes as well as have forgiveness for our learning. It’s very difficult to maintain professional attitude when these things happen, but we have to keep our heads about us and move on. We are positive about our work, and negativity isn’t the way we handle it, so it can be extremely frustrating.
Q6: Tell me about the cover. Where did you get the idea?
Rick: We wanted to keep with a real photograph like in the first one, and I thought that since vampires are sexy creatures, we had to have a woman’s neck bitten. Since our theme with titles involves food, ala “The second Helping”, we decided to add the wine glass as if it were filled with blood. Wine helps us quite a bit in writing and analyzing our ideas, so paying tribute was the least we could do. The back cover was a little more simple as we just placed some fake blood on a couple glasses and jugs of wine. It didn’t need to be something that eye catching for the back because there would be text over it. The inside credits page was also a photo concept by Dan. We took a glass of water and dropped some fake blood into it. As it dispersed we had to snap the perfect photo. It took probably thirty times to nail the shot we wanted, but we got it. The front again has an old gothic oil painting look to it. We wanted that filter on there to make it seem a little more horror related.
Dan: Photographing the cover for the first set our precedents. We needed the theme to stay the same or not stray too far. Consistency matters. There was a brief concept of having each artist draw a part of the one character, Cain’s face and making it look like a shattered mirror. It would have been too difficult to control and we don’t know if that would have been as real looking.
Q7: Where are these comics available, and the books from which they originated?
Rick: www.indyplanet.com and www.comicsmonkey.com have print and digital versions of the graphic novels. For the novels, www.lulu.com has print versions, and www.amazon.com has digitals. The itunes store also has a digital of the first novel as does Barnes and Nobles website. We are working on getting digital versions of the comics up on amazon as well, so that they are available for Kindle.
Q8: Dan, what is it like working with your brother?
Dan: Well, on this comic in particular I was able to co-write a few stories. Rick gave me the plots and I was familiar with the books, so as he directed I took many liberties in storyboarding and telling the art direction of a few. For as much as it can be frustrating it was a lot of fun. The opportunities were… <pauses>
Rick: Are you going to cry? <laughs>
Dan: <chuckles> No. It is just amazing to do such a unique thing. Funding to get a few more people on board for post production would be ideal, but I think we’ve got a great thing going.
Q9: Rick, same question to you about working with Dan?
Rick: You know, Dan’s an amazing artist and a lot of the inspiration for my stories. I always wanted to work alongside Dan, because we seemingly ruled the world when we were younger (at least in our minds). I did have the opportunity to work with him other than through this venture, and though we’ve had our differences at times, I think our heads have always been clear in our business. Our minds think a lot alike, so the stories may be my creations, but I think he can relate to them a lot as if they were from his personality as well, and that is why I really wanted him to co-write and write a few. I trust him to do so. When we have our butting of heads it is rare, but it’s okay because I’m the older brother and can still beat him up. <laughs> All in all the co-writing experience was great too. We sat down frame by frame and talked about what was going to happen. I even did that for one story with my wife, and it’s neat to see how others that you trust would interpret what you see. I just feel bad sometimes asking him to do so much in the post production process. I never know how he is going to take it, even if he immediately agrees. Sometimes I wonder if he gets pissed off at me for being so “in charge”.
Dan: It’s all part of the production and I realize that. Having two brothers work on something such as this is great. Our creations are collaborative and it’s interesting to see where it goes from start to finish. One of us may come up with an idea and the other will say, “No way. I don’t like it.” Basically we knock each other down for ideas where we don’t agree, but then we work to try to make that idea work for both of us. I think it makes for better arrangements of the stories.
Rick: In that line of thinking, Dan is never afraid to call me out where I may be wrong. Even with the novels, he approves of the stories before anyone else sees them. He’s told me where he thought some things might need to be changed and I value that input.
Q10: How was the concept art page done?
Dan: We kind of threw together some scrap ideas we had, but we want it to get to the point where every artist contributes some of their early stage ideas to the page. Most graphic novels have a concept art section that is extensive. It would be nice to have a little more than what we have now and for the next issue we are definitely headed in that direction. In the art world process is huge, and this is a work of art that should display that. The stick family that we put in there is kind of a joke. Everyone has these stick figure families on the back of their cars, and the trend began to annoy me. I created that zombie stick figure family for my car as a counter joke. Then Rick made it a standard. It’s kind of fun creating such a simple thing out of complex characters. I love the challenge and want people to see it and go “damn, that’s cool. I want one on my car.”
Rick: Yes, it is a must. I love them. Dan took something that we both found stupid and made it an enjoyable joke for us both. So we have zombie and vampire stick families, but there will be a stick family with each issue hopefully. Stay tuned for his werewolf one in volume three.
You are alone with someone you just met. You hit it off and lean in to kiss that person, only to realize that their teeth are now two inch fangs. Your “friend” is a vampire thirsting for your blood. Welcome to the second installment in the graphic world of “Flesh And Leftovers,” where vampire legends will make your blood race. One author’s ideas are brought to life by eight talented artists in this graphic spinoff of “Blood, The Second Helping” the novel.
The novel, “Blood, The Second Helping”, lured fans into its vampire mythology. Now, in this graphic spin off, fans will be able to visualize some of the events that happened leading up to and after those events. You don’t need to have read the novel to appreciate the art from 8 different artists.
Written by Rick Pipito, Dan Pipito and Roberta Pipito.
Featuring artwork by: Dan Pipito, Asher Humm, Leanne Wiedmeyer, Joe Parisi, Angela McQuillan, Phillip Allie, J.C. Spence, Sakura Jones.
**Update: This is now available as a text short story. It can be found in print at lulu.com or in digital form as part of the Eden’s Order Trilogy extras at Amazon.
Artist Story Details:
Joe Parisi is back for a second time with “Hunting The Hunter.” Before the events in Blood, The Second Helping the novel, Darius Moon is hunted because of what he is. The military will stop at nothing to get their hands on this vampire.
Asher Humm has returned for a second time and in full color. “Eternal Guardian” is the story about a vampire who communicates with his natural surroundings. When a group of archaeologists go searching for the Fountain of Youth, they do not expect what lies in waiting.
Dan Pipito, sCrypt Comics’ co-founder, watercolors two stories in this installment. “Seeking The Cure” is about a vampire during the Russo-Japanese War who is seeking a cure for his blood lust. “Samson and Delilah” is a new take on the Biblical story.
Phillip Allie is back for a second time with “The Lying Truth.” When the CIA blackmail a woman into becoming their assassin, they aren’t prepared for her vampiric backlash.
Leanne Wiedmeyer returns with “Wine And Dine.” They say that wine is good for your blood… that is unless you go to the Time and a Bottle winery.
Sakura Jones brings in new talent with “A Monument To Serve.” Ancient Egypt holds many secrets, but solving the riddle of the sphinx could be the deadliest of them all.
Angela McQuillan is here to present “The Question.” Bram Stoker’s inspiration comes from this lord of the undead who is building a selective army of his own.
J.C. Spence illustrates “Mind Astray”. When two of the characters from the novels exist in the same body, they struggle in a dream like state for ultimate control.
Rick, Roberta, and Dan Pipito present the storyboards for “Shadow Stalker.” A medieval vampire hides from his prey until the moment to strike.