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There are stories on the farm to make you shiver. Tales too terrible to tell (though we’re gonna tell them anyway). Legends that the livestock only have the courage to share with one another in whispered whinnies and hushed honks. Histories of the Horned Horror who stalks through corn to feed on living blood! He is the Teated Terror. The Uddered Upir. The Blood-sucking Bovine. The Nutritious Nosferatu. Fear the vampire cow. Fear… the Cownt!
Cownt Tales is a one-shot comic written by Michael May and illustrated by Gavin Spence, Friends of Lulu Award-Winner Paul Taylor (Wapsi Square), and LucasFilm artist Jessica Hickman. Each artist illustrates a different story revealing the Cownt’s horrifying origin, what the heck’s up with that udder, and his first encounter with a lactose-intolerant, farm-girl vampire-hunter named Penny. There’s a reason that another word for Blood is Humor. That reason is the Cownt.
Check out a preview and where to buy it after the jump.
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It had to happen one of these days, a Robot 6 interview of a fellow Robot 6er. Michael May has a quirky sense of humor, as quickly revealed in the recently released anthology that he has written–Cownt Tales, the comedic struggles of a vampire cow. Had I been thinking more clearly, I would have gotten May to reveal the parallel narrative trends between his work and this past weekend’s smash success, The Twilight Saga: New Moon. Seriously though, it’s a unique experience to interview a pal (that’s not to say most of my interview subjects are my mortal enemies …) Enjoy our chat, folks.
Tim O’Shea: In addition to the Cownt, you introduce some interesting characters in this issue. What are the odds we’ll see Penny or the doctor in future stories?
Michael May: Oh, that’s a sure thing. Even though the Cownt is very silly, he still gets some character development; mostly in his relationship with his udder. Both Penny and Dr. Frye play huge roles in that. The Cownt wants the doc to remove his udder, but she won’t do it without making him go through a ton of counseling first. There’s a ton of story potential there (including the Cownt’s trying to raise money for the operation), so the doc will be around to help him process that. She’s sort of the straight man to his shenanigans.