Vampironica, a new Archie Horror series, will take Riverdale's resident shopaholic Veronica Lodge and turn her into one of the bloodthirsty dead - a vampire.
If that sounds like a stretch, brother/sister creative team of co-writer/artist Greg Smallwood and co-writer Megan Smallwood are ready to assure fans that the Veronica they know and love informs the very core of Vampironica.
“Fans can rest assured that we’ll be staying faithful to the core of these characters,” Greg Smallwood told io9. “It was very important to Megan and I that Vampironica be the same Veronica that we all know and love, only now with fangs. Realistically, how would a narcissistic teenage shopaholic react to becoming a vampire? We found an equal amount of humor and horror in the answer to that question but the story also takes us to some amazingly heartfelt places.”
“We let Veronica’s well-established personality lead the story at all times,” Megan continued. “Vampironica is Dracula, your BFF, and the most self-absorbed girl you know all rolled up into one. Veronica Lodge never lets anyone stand in her way and that definitely holds true for Vampironica. Veronica Lodge is not the kind of girl to join any ranks, let alone vampire ranks. True to form, Veronica instead relies on her own gut-instincts. They haven’t let her down in life and they won’t let her down as she navigates the surreal world of the undead.”
Vampironica's horror chops are front and center for the Smallwoods, who Greg says grew up sharing horror movies and comic books.
“Megan and I grew up watching the same horror movies and reading the same scary stories so it was incredibly easy for us to hone in on a particular tone,” Greg continued. “I’d say that our biggest influences are American Werewolf in London and Fright Night. Both films can be quite horrific but there’s also a lot of strong characterization and humor to them. I think horror works best with a small dose of comedy for levity so we’ve used the same formula on Vampironica.”
Vampironica #1 is due out on shelves March 14, 2018.