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The Underburbs is an indie comic book series created by Joe Haley and T.J. Dort, started in 2005, and continuing to this day. It centers around "Countess" Winifred Pale, a vampire bent on taking over the world with a scroll that turns people into monsters. Unfortunately, due to incompetent subordinates and general lack of knowledge about our world, she has yet to succeed. Angela, a human-turned-witch from our world, serves as her Sidekick and viewpoint character.

Nineteen issues have been released so far. Issues 1-3 were reprinted as a Trade Paperback with added material. It does not have national distribution, so ways to buy the comic are limited to some Massachusetts comics shops, via or by ordering them from the creators themselves at

In addition to the comic series, Joe Haley (also known as "Mr-DNA") manages a "Chain Story" non-canon spin-off entitled Angela's Magic Lesson, in which readers can commission new branching paths and epilogues that result from Angela casting magic on herself.

Tropes for The Underburbs:

  • Affably Evil: Unless the companion in question is at least in her level, Winifred can be a casually approachable person.
  • Always Someone Better: By means someone "eviler", it's Bel to Winifred.
  • Anti-Villain: Winifred is primarily the reason why Angela is in this "Conquer the World or go with her to Monster School" predicament.
  • Badass Normal: George's father.
  • Becoming the Costume: A major plot point in the story, as, when exposed to Winifred's scroll, people become the things they're dressed as. At one point, the creators even had an idea to make Angela change into anything by wearing a costume of it, but this was dismissed as "too video-gamey."
  • Becoming the Mask: Downplayed. Angela is working with Winifred to follow her every whim, while trying to make sure Winifred doesn't get any ideas of conquering the outside world, even though Character Development marches into keeping the two close together. This cuts short when Bel starts encouraging Wini to follow her ideas.
    • There is some concern expressed that Angela is getting a little too passive and friendly with Winifred a few issues after the zombie incident is resolved, though Angela seems to be moving past it, becoming more assertive and gaining other friends to keep her grounded.
  • Berserk Button: Winifred does not want Angela to misbehave in front of her father.
  • Creepy Child: Death-Ann, though it isn't really her fault. Basically she's a grim reaper with the ability to remove people's souls from their bodies. Problem is she's only a toddler and doesn't really know any better.
  • Cute Witch: Angela and her mom.
  • Everything's Deader with Zombies: Issue 3. 'Nuff said.
  • Evil Counterpart: Bel, in terms of Winifred, though both of them self-identify as "evil".
  • Fantastic Racism: Werewolves versus "wolfmen".
  • Stranger in a Strange School: Angela's peers at school have been transformed into a variety of monsters thanks to Winnifred, but Angela herself still considers herself human...just a human that can now cast spells.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: It turns out that Angela's Mom really was a witch before her own "turning".

Alternative Title(s): Underburbs