Halloween is always a good excuse to dive into some new vampire stories, and Ricardo Delgado’s Dracula of Transylvania is a great choice for anyone craving a unique take on the iconic horror character. Fresh off the release of the illustrated novel, Delgado is giving readers a much closer look at this visually stunning horror universe with a companion book called The Art of Dracula of Transylvania.
With The Art of Dracula of Transylvania currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter, IGN can exclusively debut several pages from the book. Check them out in the slideshow gallery below:
The Art of Dracula of Transylvania: Preview Gallery
The idea behind Dracula of Transylvania is that, while most contemporary Dracula tales tend to paint him as a tragic loner, this story veers sharply in the other direction and depicts him as a terrifying force of nature. When solicitor Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to help Dracula close his real estate purchase, Harker is confronted with nothing less than the literal Son of Satan.
The Art of Dracula of Transylvania delves far deeper into this horror universe. Delgado, a Hollywood storyboard artist whose work includes Apollo 13, Wall-E and Avatar: The Last Airbender, has compiled several hundred pages of character designs and other artwork showcasing the many monsters that populate this world. The book includes extensive annotations and creator commentary, along with a foreword by writer/director Donald F. Glut and an introduction by film historian Gary D. Rhodes.
“Dracula of Transylvania is a stunning work from Ricardo. He created a rich new Transylvania, and we felt that the artwork in his illustrated novel just wasn’t enough,” said Clover Press’ Publisher Hank Kanalz in a statement. “When we were chatting with Ricardo about his next project with us, he revealed he had a few more pieces he hadn’t shared. A few meaning well over 150 additional pieces — so we knew we had to follow up with this art collection.”
The Kickstarter for Art of Dracula of Transylvania is live until November 9, 2022 and has already met its funding goal. Backers can choose between digital and hardcover versions of the book itself, with higher pledge tiers including extra bonuses like stickers, pins and even original artwork. The book is expected to ship in February 2023.
You can still pick up the original Dracula of Transylvania hardcover book, and a new softcover edition will also be released in February 2023 alongside the art book.
Dracula of Transylvania
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