Meet Ferdinand, a vampire who bites his victims with only one tooth in order to pass as a mosquito, who loves the music of dead folk singers, and who has no end of trouble trying to make sense of his relationships, some living, some not.
Vampire Loves follows the strangely romantic adventures of Ferdinand and his friends as they flirt with, seduce, cheat on, break up, and make up with all manner of unearthly creatures including ghosts, other vampires, tree-folk and the occasional golem.
Edgy, charming, and filled with Joann Sfar's inimitable blend of tenderness, comedy, melancholy, and philosophy, the stories in this first volume draw as much from the wellspring of Eastern European Jewish mysticism as from twenty-first-century Goth culture.
Love isn't any easier when you're dead.
Review: Sfar's Little Vampire books revolve around an almost cute, cuddly cast, including ghouls, animals, and a little boy, that has adventures and discussions appropriate to middle-schoolers. In this book Ferdinand is Little Vampire all grown up, and his story is for an older audience. Ferdinand is a hopeless (literally) romantic, who bites with only one tooth so he won't damage his (willing) victims or become addicted to their blood. Along with his catlike paramour, a tree maiden, and some nasty humanoids, he cavorts and philosophizes his way through tales set in mansions, aboard ship, and in the forest at night. The patter is clever, thoughtful, and as gentle (for the most part) as Ferdinand's nips. The lush, painterly colors Sfar uses are beautifully produced, and the hand-drawn text amplifies the story's mood: Úlan tempered by ennui. Older graphic novel fans with a sophisticated sense of humor will be the most appreciative audience here.