Sunday, July 5, 2009

Spy-Fi Birthday Giveaway

My birthday is this coming Thursday, so I thought I'd celebrate by giving a present to some lucky reader of the Spy-Fi Channel.

Back in the early 90s, I wrote my first published comic books. These starred a female vampire who operated as a secret agent. The backstory was that she had been a French partisan during WWII, and while assisting the Allies in dismantling a secret Nazi laboratory, she was attacked and infected by a vampire prisoner that the Germans had been experimenting on.

She didn't die – so she was not truly undead – but she did contract the vampire's insatiable thirst for blood and many, but not all, of the traditional vampire powers.

After the War, an O.S.S. agent arranged for her to come to the United States, and recruited her into one of the U.S.A.'s new intelligence agencies, the Top Secret Division, whereupon she assumed the name "Christine Bishop." 50 years later, she went to work for a different, international organization called A.C.T.I.O.N. (Allied Counter Terrorism International Operations Network) under a man named Cromwell.

I was actually pretty proud of that acronym at the time!

Anyway, the books came out with very little fanfare and underwhelming sales. Unfortunately, the title anticipated the 'bad girl' phenomenon of violent femmes in the mid-90's by a couple of years. Also, the books were drawn by my pal Delfin Barral in a somewhat manga-inspired style – which also hadn't really caught on yet with American readers, so I think we were just plain ahead of our time.

The company published a one-shot called "The Terminus Option," (my very first comics script) then a two part miniseries titled "The Nightfall Conspiracy." I also wrote a third adventure, "Dangerous Prey," but it was never drawn.

I still have a few copies of the second Bloodthirst comic that I wrote (and I was still learning the basics back then), "The Nightfall Conspiracy." While I think I've improved considerably as a writer since 1994, I also think that these two issues aren't too embarrassing. In fact, I'm still kinda proud of the villain's plot....

It's not pure spy stuff, obviously. But I did try to write it as an espionage adventure first and vampire fantasy second, taking advantage of the comics medium to give the story some scope and filling it with set pieces and "special effects" that would have been prohibitive to do in a film or TV show. Some of it's a little clunky, and some of the then-fresh ideas seem pretty old hat now, but, overall, I think it holds up okay.

So – I'm giving away one set of the two-issue miniseries, with the recipient selected at random. If you'd like to be included in the drawing, send an e-mail to with the subject line: "Bloodthirst Giveaway," and include in the body of the message your name and mailing address. The deadline is Midnight, July 8th, 2009. The winner will be announced on the 9th.

One entry per person, please. Double entries will be disqualified. One winner will be drawn at random and announced on Thursday, July 9, 2009. The winner’s name will be posted here and will be notified via email. All entries will be deleted immediately after the contest’s close, and no personal information will be retained or transmitted to any third parties. The contest is open to anyone, in any country. Unfortunately, I cannot assume responsibility for items lost or damaged in transit.

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

Sounds like you guys were indeed ahead of your time. All those tropes sound like the ones that are rocking the media world today.