To get a better idea of how this new story is transforming such a familiar villain, check out our exclusive first look at Delgado’s character designs and other artwork from Dracula of Transylvania:
Dracula of Transylvania Reimagines the Iconic Vampire as ‘A Complete Horror’
“DRACULA OF TRANSYLVANIA supports and builds upon Stoker’s classic, haunting original story, but this is most certainly not your parents’ Dracula or your grandparents’ Dracula,” said Delgado in Clover Press’ press release. “This personification of the Nosferatu king is dark and powerful, a malevolent antagonist who suffers no fools, accepts no failure and crushes anyone in his path. This Dracula is not a romantic. He’s a complete horror. Just the way I always wanted him to be.”
“Dracula is vileness incarnate, a pure thing of Hell,” added Delgado. “He’s spent the past thousand years putting sword to flesh and tearing at the tapestry of history as the son of Satan himself. Kings, Popes and armies fear Dracula. And so should you.”
Delgado has worked as a storyboard artist and character designer for a number of film and TV projects, including Apollo 13, Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Incredibles, The Matrix: Reloaded, Men in Black and Wall-E. Comic book fans will also recognize him as the creator of the long-running Dark Horse Comics series Age of Reptiles.
Dracula of Transylvania is currently being offered through Kickstarter, with the campaign running until March 25, 2021. The campaign includes a number of different pledge tiers, with bonuses including everything from signed, leatherbound copies of the book to art prints to original sketches.This isn’t the only drastically new take on Dracula to be announced in 2021. Marvel’s Eternals director Chloe Zhao is writing, directing and producing a new Dracula movie with “futuristic, sci-fi western” trappings. Not to be outdone, Blumhouse Productions is developing a new Dracula movie inspired by the success of 2020’s The Invisible Man reboot.
For more Dracula goodness, find out what we thought of The BBC’s quirky but enjoyable Dracula series.
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