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Jesse Blaze Snider talks DEAD ROMEO

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There is a new vampire comic that is set to show its fangs from DC Comics this April.

We spoke with writer, Jesse Blaze Snider, about Dead Romeo.

The Big Bad Wolf: Can you give our readers a synopsis of Dead Romeo?

Dead Romeo vampire comicJesse Blaze Snider: Well, Jonathan Romero, aka "Dead Romeo," was the lead singer of an '80s rock band called "The Dead Romeos." But that was before a mysterious set of circumstances turned him into a vampire and sent him straight to Hell. Now he's back on Earth and he has a difficult choice to make: Kill his true love and earn his permanent release from eternal damnation – or protect her from the SEVEN PSCHOPATHS who were released with him and burn for eternity. Either way, someone’s gonna die! It's vampires, romance, rock and dismemberment in an all-new 6-issue miniseries set in the DC Universe proper!

The tagline for the book is “Not EVERY love story has a happy ending.” DEAD ROMEO is what I would call a Gothic Fairytale.

The Big Bad Wolf: How did you come up with the concept for this book?

Jesse Blaze Snider: Well, the goal for me was to create a vampire story that had both men and women in mind from the word “go.” Most vampire stories are written with a pretty clear audience in mind. For Twilight and Anne Rice’s stuff it’s women. For From Dusk ‘Til Dawn and Blade it’s men. I wanted to unify the two audiences and do something that was totally written for women, but at the same time totally written for men. For the women it meant that ROMANCE was paramount for men VIOLENCE was paramount. So, I created a story about a vampire who keeps throwing himself in front of the woman he loves in order to protect her and gets horribly f**ked up in the process! See that? For the first time ever Romance begets Violence and Violence begets Romance! Well, Not sure if I created that, but…well, you don’t see it enough, damn it!

The Big Bad Wolf: Who are the main characters?

Jesse Blaze Snider: Our lead is Dead Romeo. A former rock singer and brooding but smart-alecky vampire who is released from Hell with a number of others to kill a girl named Whisper!

Whisper is our love interest. She is a really cute but sassy, homeless, virgin, orphan. Love all those words, sassy, homeless, virgin, orphan! This book has got to kick ass! Hell’s interest in Whisper will be revealed later.

Dwight Fry is the leader of the Hollywood Vampires! The H.V. are the group of crazy vamps who get brought back to kill Whisper. Dwight was buried alive in a cage and since he was a vampire died slowly over the course of 100 years and went completely crazy! Not that he was particularly sane to start with.

Finally, our book is narrated by DEATH!!! Since he gets to meet EVERYONE who dies and escort them to their final resting place, he kinda knows everybody! Well, everybody who is dead, which is most of our cast members.

The Big Bad Wolf: Since this is a vampire comic, what can we expect in terms of blood and gore?

Jesse Blaze Snider: As much as I can get in there! I told my editor Ian from the beginning that I was just going to write the book exactly as I think it should be with no restraint and then he has to tell me what has to be toned down. That way, after the fact I get to figure out ways to keep it in, by either rephrasing or having something violent happen in silhouette or off-panel. So far there hasn’t been a single moment that need to be removed completely. I would just adjust it until it fit under a DCU PG-13 rating.

So, in answer to your question the most blood and gore possible!!!

The Big Bad Wolf: Speaking of that, since this is based in the regular DCU and not Vertigo or Wildstorm, did that effect your storytelling in terms of how violent the story gets?

Jesse Blaze Snider: No. Not one itsy bit!

The Big Bad Wolf: When is the release date?

Jesse Blaze Snider: April Fool’s Day!!! And you comic monster fans will be fools not to buy it!

The Big Bad Wolf: How much is the book? Dead Romeo vampire comic

Jesse Blaze Snider: Two shillings! Roughly converted to dollars, that’s $2.99!

The Big Bad Wolf: Who’s the rest of the creative team on the book?

Jesse Blaze Snider: Ryan Benjamin is penciling the thing and DCU Senior Story Editor Ian Sattler and Rachel Gluckstern are editing. That’s all I know so far, but they’re all wonderful talented people who are making my job easier!

The Big Bad Wolf: What has impressed you the most so far about Ryan Benjamin’s art?

Jesse Blaze Snider: Ryan’s covers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They are so cool! I first took note of Ryan when he did cover and interiors for the Grifter/Midnighter series at Wildstorm! The covers for the book were what made me buy it…they’re breath-taking pieces of art and the covers on this book are no exception. Seeing his covers first is the best part of the job. After that it’s his energetic art style. He’s got a lot of Jim Lee in his pages. In fact, I’ve been trying to write fewer panels into the issues as I’ve gone along to give him more room to do his thing.

The Big Bad Wolf: After this mini series is complete, would you be interested in writing more tales that follow Jonathan Romero?

Jesse Blaze Snider: Let’s just say that I already have the opening scene for the next chapter written in my head and it’s quite cool and violent!

The Big Bad Wolf: Where can our readers find out more about Dead Romeo?

Jesse Blaze Snider: In the first issue! So, buy it, I promise you will really love it! And if you don’t…well…that’s too bad. I’m sorry about that in advance. But I think that you will love it! So buy it!!!

The Big Bad Wolf: In closing, what would you like to say to our readers about Dead Romeo?

Jesse Blaze Snider: Dead Romeo is my big break, if it does moderately well, there is a good chance that I will be asked to write more books for DC and possibly other publishers and since it is my dream to write comic book stories until I’m old and grey you know that I am NOT phoning this in! This will be my best effort to date and my goal is to sway everyone to the vampiric darkside! So, please join me in my quest to suck the life’s blood from the DCU!!!! Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha…he, he. Heh. Hee….

The Big Bad Wolf: Thank you for your time, Jesse! Best of luck with this title.

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