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Isabella’s ready to stake vampires with Pinocchio and friends


Comic-Con International special guests Van Jensen and Dusty Higgins will have more details and artwork on Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and the Great Puppet Theater at the big con later this month. Until then, here’s another character reveal, Isabella … could she be based on the She-Wolf of France? Well, maybe not …

Here’s some additional info on the book:

Pinocchio’s back… but who are his friends!?! In the sequel to the 2009 graphic novel Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer by Dusty Higgins and Van Jensen, the titular puppet has to share the undead-killing stage. The stakes are raised in Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer and the Great Puppet Theater (SLG Publishing) as Pinocchio unravels the mystery of the vampire menace and his own shadowy background. The sequel will hit shelves in October.

Pinocchio, Vampire Slayer was named one of the Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens in 2010 by YALSA. Follow Pinocchio on Twitter: @p_vampireslayer



I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me sooner, but the group is obviously made up of commedia characters. So I’d guess the one on the left will be Punch/Pulcinella (looks like a bat he’s holding). I’ll go out on a limb and guess the far right is Zanni, maybe Pantalone.

I noticed that as well when Harlequin was announced. That said, it’s a pity that he’s straying so far away from the iconic character designs that have been around for centuries. I say this as a commedia dell’arte performer who also happens to enjoy comics.

Harlequin/Arlecchino’s, for example, has a few elements that identify him and make him immediately recognizable yet allow an artist a great deal of creative license– yet I see none of those features.

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