Wulf and Batsy reviewed by Morbidementia website
Article on Wulf and Batsy
Written by Scary Larry
From the website:
I still remember the day I first laid eyes on Wulf and Batsy. I was browsing the comic racks at my local comic shop and feeling a little glum because I’d made it almost all the way through the entire alphabet without finding a single thing worth my hard earned money. It was looking like I might be heading home empty handed and broken hearted until I got to the “W” section and my eyes came upon the cover of Wulf and Batsy #1.
At that moment, so many different things fell into place and clicked for me. It was an indie comic published by Viper Comics and that appealed to me because I was pretty disgusted with mainstream comics at the time. It featured black and white artwork which I have always felt suits horror comics the best. It had cartoony humor juxtaposed against grim and violent content, a combination that I’ve always been a sucker for. But most of all, it had Wulf and Batsy. The beast and the beauty, another horror archetype that always gets me. I can’t explain it, but it was like love at first sight. I was instantly drawn to these characters and that was all there was to it.
Wulf and Batsy are unique anti-heroes in that they are bloodthirsty monsters who are capable of slaughtering humans mercilessly, yet we completely sympathize with them. All they want is to be left alone. But everywhere they turn, they are constantly harassed. Whether its by angry mobs with torches and pitchforks hunting them down at night, or whether its by a graveyard full of ghouls who are begging for their help, Wulf and Batsy are always forced to fight at the center of the action… exactly what they don’t want to do and exactly where they don’t want to be.
Bryan Baugh’s artwork is so perfectly tight and playfully expressive that I was not at all surprised to discover that he is a professional animator for a very prominent animation studio by day in addition to being a comic creator by night. Bryan also writes the stories, which are so humorous and personal that I felt like I knew him before I ever made contact with him in real life. That’s how cool he is, he even finds time to chat with fanboys like me.
The comic books are really hard to find these days, but luckily they have been collected into the trade paperback book “Wulf and Batsy Volume 1″ (pictured above) which contains two story arcs. The first story arc is “We Have No Home”, which introduces us to the characters as they stumble into trouble in a small country town. We quickly learn that although he’s a werewolf and she’s a vampire, they are just as “human” as the townsfolk, if not more human. The second story arc is “Bizarre Experiments”, which follows our horrific duo as they continue their search for a home where they can settle down, free from persecution. Instead, they find fellow monsters who desperately need their help battling monsters of their own.
“Wulf and Batsy Volume 2: Lustmord Nightmares” (pictured below) was never released in comic book form and is only available as a trade paperback book. It follows Wulf and Batsy as they infiltrate an all-girl’s school, striving to pass themselves off as ordinary humans in their never-ending search to find a peaceful place to call home. Unfortunately, the school is being terrorized by an ancient and bloodthirsty monster. Before long Wulf and Batsy are not only struggling to fit in, but they are struggling just to keep themselves and those they have grown to care about alive!
Why buy the books? 1) The comics are hard to find these days, 2) Buying all the comics is more expensive than the books, and 3) The comics don’t have the awesome bonus content that the books do. And we’re not talking sloppy-drawings-on-napkins-they-found-and-decided-to-cram-in-at-the-last-minute bonus content. This bonus content includes pages and pages of in-depth information from Bryan himself as he talks about the origins of the characters and explains some of the deeper symbolism and mythology presented in the books. There are also incredible artworks ranging from early character sketches to full page pinups, many by famous-artists-turned-fans like Josh Howard and Dave Hartman. I own the comics but I’m also happy to own the trade paperback books because, as a Wulf and Batsy fan, I am totally engrossed by the bonus behind-the-scenes looks at these two characters that I am such a fan of. Plus, the books look great on my bookshelf!
You can purchase both books directly from Bryan in the official store on his web site, and while you’re there be sure to check out his other awesome artwork and great books for sale. Bryan Baugh is such a great guy, I’m sure he would love to chat with you on Twitter, where you might even catch me and him in the middle of a conversation!