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Comic Book / Vampire Loves

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"And if you really want to get rid of me, you have to close your windows carefully."

Vampire Loves is a witty, philosophical French set of graphic novels by Joann Sfar translated to English. In it stars Ferdinand, the mellow, traditionalist vampire who hasn't had a lot of luck in love. He meets a number of other creatures on his adventures- mandrakes, a witch in training, ghosts, even a golem. Just regular folks dealing with relationship troubles of their own, of course. The books started in 2002 and there are four total.

  • Blind Without 'Em: Asparine needs glasses, but thinks they make her look dorky, so she prefers to go with bad eyesight.
  • Classical Movie Vampire: Mostly played straight with Ferdinand. See Our Vampires Are Different below.
  • Cool Old Lady: Ferdinand's friend/mother figure, the easygoing Granny, who is happy to cook soup for him and his friend, or cast a love spell on whoever he has a crush on, just so he'll be happy.
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  • Dark Is Not Evil: Most of the monsters are decent people, just quirky and sometimes make mistakes.
  • Hot Witch: Ritaline the vampire is studying to be a witch and is quite pretty.
    • Hot for Teacher: Ferdinand is attracted to her and she gives lessons to pay for her own schooling.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Ferdy is a pretty nice guy, and loves his Siamese cat, Imhotep.
  • On the Rebound: Both Ferdinand's and his ex-girlfriend Lani's arcs.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: The whole concept, basically. They're strange or even scary beings, monsters, and creatures who act like flawed human beings.
    • Our Vampires Are Different: Played straight with Asparine and Ritaline. The former is a modern free spirit who likes goth music, sleeps in a real bed rather than a coffin, and needs glasses to see, while the latter is a tutor trying to get a PhD in sorcery. Averted, mostly, with Ferdinand himself; he does look the part, sleeps in a coffin, and lives in a creepy old castle, but he also likes songs by dead folk singers, cookies, and doesn't want to actually kill his victims.
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  • Plant Person: Lani, who appears to be a mandragora (mandrake) or some other tree spirit. There's also the Tree-Man, who... seems to be a tree man.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Ritaline, Asparine's more magical older sister.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Downplayed with Asparine and Ritaline. They don't fight much, but Asparine does find her big sister aggravating at times.

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