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Webcomic / Daniel

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Daniel Groth: The main character and one vampire of the story.

Daniel is a horror webcomic started in 2012, and is written and drawn by Sarah Nelson, who has worked on other webcomics such as Vampire Phantasm and Cwen's Quest.

Set during The Great Depression, Daniel follows the story of Daniel Groth, who begins the story as a rather timid and insecure man who is a newly employed gravedigger. He seeks to finally tell his best and apparently only friend, Christine Lockwood, that he has been in love with her for some time. However, after the intervention of Christine's ex-boyfriend, Wayne, Daniel's confidence is shaken and he decides not to tell her. He backs out of their plans to see a Fourth of July fireworks display and proceeds home after giving a gift to Christine.

Daniel mysteriously disappears right after this, and isn't heard from again for three months, when he returns to Christine's house in the middle of the night, noticeably changed in personality and appearance. It is quickly revealed that he has somehow become a vampire and much of the story is Daniel fighting against his unrelenting BloodLust.


This comic provides examples of:

  • Bastard Boyfriend: Wayne Gallagher, though ex-boyfriend actually.
  • Blood Lust: Daniel has a hard time ignoring his blood cravings.
  • Breaking and Bloodsucking: Daniel does this to an unfortunate couple.
  • Buried Alive: "Do you know what it's like to be buried alive?"
  • Came Back Wrong: Daniel.
  • Cheerful Child: Molly Davis.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Wayne Gallagher once again.
  • Damaged Soul: While it seems at times the old Daniel from chapter 1 still lingers, he himself says that it feels as if his soul is "rotting", so he may be on the verge of becoming soulless.
  • Emotion Eater: Daniel drinks blood to feel life, and that includes the emotions that go with it.
  • Film Noir: The look and 1930s setting alone are enough to give this comic a 'noir' vibe.
  • Gut Feeling: Francine's young daughter, Molly, seems to immediately be able to tell that something is off about Daniel after she sees him for the first time since vanishing.
  • House Wife: Francine Davis.
  • I Do Not Drink Wine: As a vampire, Daniel can't take in anything but blood. He states that anything else he tries to consume simply comes back up his throat. The only other thing that didn't seem to bother him was a glass of water....or did he fake sip it?
  • Interrupted Declaration of Love: Daniel tries to tell Christine how he feels in chapter 1, but Christine's ex-boyfriend rudely interrupts the moment.
  • Jerk Ass: Wayne Gallagher.
  • Life Drinker: Daniel doesn't drink blood to satisfy hunger but to "feel life".
  • Love Confession: Daniel manages to tell Christine he loves her later though.
  • Love Triangle: Daniel and Wayne both have a thing for Christine. However, Wayne is Christine's ex and she has made it clear she is no longer interested in him. Unfortunately, this hasn't stopped Wayne from pursuing her and from hating Daniel with a passion.
  • Malicious Misnaming: Wayne gets Daniel's name wrong twice just to rile him up, referring to him as "David" and "Darwin".
  • Mind over Matter: Daniel seems to be able to move objects without touching them.
  • Must Be Invited: Kind of. While it seems Daniel can come and go as he pleases into any building, it's been suggested that he needed an invitation back into Christine's life, and said invitation is binding.
  • Nightmare Sequence: Christine has two nightmares about Daniel that we see. However, Francine and Molly prove that Daniel is literally walking Nightmare Fuel after interacting with him.
  • Not Himself: Daniel is only 'himself' in the first chapter of the comic.
  • Occult Detective: Leonard Davis is actually a regular detective, but he unintentionally becomes this when investigating a series of murders that seem to be the work of a vampire.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The type of vampire Daniel is seems to be a mix of classic myths and more obscure ones.
  • Psychotic Love Triangle: Wayne and vampiric Daniel are both dangerously possessive of Christine.
  • Recovered Addict: Daniel, when he was a normal human being, was a recovering alcoholic. Even as a vampire, Daniel is forced to keep up his past appearances when he invites Christine to have wine with him for a toast; he has water. Ironically, as a vampire, he is once again hopelessly addicted to a liquid, but this addiction is far worse.
  • Sanity Slippage: Daniel.
  • Slipping a Mickey
  • The Great Depression: The story is set during 1934. It's even stated that Daniel had been laid off from a previous job due to the Wall Street Crash.
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Daniel throws a fit if he gets a look at himself in a mirror, apparently seeing something grotesque and terrifying.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Daniel goes from insecure, stuttering, frail man to fearless vampire with super strength.
  • Warm Bloodbags Are Everywhere: Daniel basically wants to drink the blood of every person he's near.
  • Was Once a Man: Daniel was a once a normal man...-three months ago- to be exact.
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