Webcomic: Walking In The Dark
Walking in the Dark
is a horror/film noir style webomic by Leanne Gover
The comic takes place the 1930s and focuses on Ben Westford, a reporter for a tabliod magazine who also just happens to be a vampire. The job is actually a cover for investigating the supernatural ongoings in his hometown of Eris City. One day, an incident drags in a local college professor Stella (a.k.a Star) Storm into the mix. While initially disliking Ben (due to opposing tabloids in general), she realizes there's a much bigger world beyond the human scope and becomes an ally. Add in Ben's assistant and photographer, Naidashi Yoshimoto (or just Nai), a tengu that he adopted, and Pickles, a demon puppy that came out of a green gem. The four chronicle and confront the seedy supernatural underworld.
Originally started in 2000 and taking place in the modern setting, as well as having a more Animesque
style. The comic was canceled when Leanne felt the story wasn't coming along as she wanted. After sitting on the back burner for a few years and an overhaul of the story and character designs, the comic returned in 2010 and has so far been running steady since.
Updated Wednesdays and Saturdays
Walking In The Dark has the following tropes
- Big Bad: Ian Easton, the vampire that turned Ben and has started a cult with the goal of taking over the human world.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Ian's method of converting vampires to his side. His henchwoman, Fern, likewise loves to do this as well.
- Cute Witch: Stella, when her powers begin to awaken as well as Nancy.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Reece explains his in the 8th issue. His family was killed by Ian and he was saved by Ben. He grew up in an orphanage bitter and carried out wanton attacks on vampires no matter if they were evil or not till he was caught by the council. He would've been killed if Ben had not spoken on his behalf.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Nancy who wasn't officially introduced until the 9th chapter. However she's revealed she likewise was at the orphanage Reece went to.
- Film Noir: Has the style of such with Ben providing a narration at the start of every chapter.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Ben naturally, tries his best to make sure no one falls prey to evil supernatural beings (especially if it concerns Ian), helps out the law enforcment when needed, and carries around a flask of blood to keep his hunger in check.
- Gender Bender: Chapter 9 focuses on this after Star's potion explodes while Ben and she are arguing and turns her, Ben, Nai and Pickles into their opposite genders. The rest of the issue is trying to reverse it.
- Happily Adopted: Nai who hails from another dimension and was sent into the Earth realm after his home was attacked.
- Nancy, the young witch. She was at the orphanage with Reece and was later adopted by two witches.
- I Am a Monster: Ben felt this way after he was turned until one of the council guards claimed him down.
- I Have No Son: The last thing Ben's father said to him before Ben was forced to feed on him.
- Has Two Mommies: Nancy.
- Intrepid Reporter: Least the cover Ben uses to do his investigations.
- Masquerade: Explored, obviously not many humans know about the supernatural things going on in the city. Considering this is set in the 1930's, they're likewise not as superstitious as they once were in the olden days.
- Monkey Morality Pose: Third panel of this page.
- Mummy: After Ian's flunkies make off with a amulet, one arises to go looking for it.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Linda practically spoils the whole stake out Ben, Nai and Star were doing by brazenly calling out Ian's mooks who outnumber her three to one, which was dumb even if they weren't vampires. Granted she didn't know they were monsters but should've known better when Star was telling her to be quiet after she followed her.
- Our Vampires Are Different: They're not inherently evil and still keep their personality when turned with the only change in that they need blood and can't go out into the sunlight. The evil ones seen were pretty much kowtowed into it after a few torture sessions or were just pricks to begin with.
- Pointy Ears: A common trait of vampires though they can hide them if they wish.
- Playing with Fire: Star gains this ability with the awakening of her witch powers.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Another usual trait of vampires, especially if they're angry or about to get serious.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Pickles, a demon dog that came out of a gem when it was broken.
- Undead Child: Prism, not surprisingly, the eldest of Ian's minions.
- Ungrateful Bastard: The male of the two mobster twins. After Ben saves his sister from getting bitten by Fern. He goes on and tries to shoot Ben despite the fact. Course being a vampire, Ben survives and naturally is annoyed by this.
- Likewise Star's sister Linda after Star saves her from one of Ian's cronies by using her fire power. Bit justified though as she didn't know about the monsters since Star never told her, thus causing her to freak out. And seeing her sister wield fire didn't help matters. They do eventually patch things up after Reece explains why Star was hesitant to tell her in the first place.
- As Ben points out, considering what he did for them, the witches could at least be civil towards him. At least the elder one anyway.
- Vampire Detective Series: Fits the bill quite well given the premise.
- The Worf Effect: Poor Ben can't seem to catch a break when a fight breaks out.
- Youkai: Nai and Pickles fit the mold pretty well being a tengu and a demon puppy respectively.