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Comic Book Alphabet of Vampires – Q

I was looking at the front page and wondering where this was – I did it yesterday, but it was nowhere to be seen! Apparently, I had tagged it incorrectly. Oops! – BC

First Second Books’ Vampire Month is over, but we are still going!

Here is a comic book adaptation!

Enjoy!

Queen of the Damned

Innovation burst on to the scene in the late 1980s and quickly made a name for itself on the comic market, very much in the same way that similar companies since them, such as IDW and Dynamite have made a name for themselves – mostly by licensing established products.

One of Innovation’s licenses was Quantum Leap, but another was Anne Rice’s Vampire Chronicles, in this instance, her Queen of the Damned novel, following the vampire Lestat.

The comics were adapted mostly by Fay Perozich.

Innovation was one of the first company to tap into the South American comic book artists market, specifically artists from Brazil – so the art for the books were done mostly by Brazilian artists, and not the famous ones that Innovation employed, like Mike Deodato and Joe Bennett.

Sadly, while a 12-issue adaptation was planned, only 11 issues were published due to poor sales.

Innovation closed their doors in 1994.

4 Comments

Is it meant to be ironic that a company called “Innovation” did adaptations?

Tom Fitzpatrick

June 6, 2008 at 5:26 am

“The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking …”
“The solution to this problem lies in the heart of the Alphabet.”
“If only I had know, I should have become a letter.”

Albert Einstein

Innovation also did The MAZE AGENCY and JUSTICE MACHINE as well.

Interview with the Vampire was also done along with Queen of the Damned and was completed before Innovation closed its door.

Tales of the Body Thief was done by some other publisher.

Queen of the Damned was Secret Wars in novel form: all the various charatcer that had ever been introduced getting together — at one point alla ctually gathered in a room sitting around — trying to defeat one superpowerful villain.

Some thoughts —

* Snarky comments aside, the “Innovation” name was lived up to, I think, after other publishers told me it was impossible to sell a two-year-fully-painted, card-stick-cover, slick-paper 400-page adaptation of a 400-page novel that appealed primarily, as its publisher to a “predominantly female and/or gay market.” Yet to that end, Innovation faired very well with the four Anne Rice properties that it did, and I’m proud to have done them. Incidentally, it’s little-known that “Innovation” was the temp name on the business plan but the company was never supposed to be actually called that. But when the money people set the financing in place, they gave us a target release month and decided they like the name and to keep it. So we were off and running, with books due to come out only a few months later.

* That final issue of THE QUEEN OF THE DAMNED was completed but not published. Innovation closed in 1994 for reasons that had little to do with the sales of its products and MUCH to do with the byzantine financial thing its investors set up, where the company was to pay back its $400,000 loan — not an investment, as such — at a rate of prime plus two. The investment company deliberately paid the interest on it but not the loan itself, as I understand it, so technically they were always in default so they could close the company any time they needed a tax write-off to offset other businesses they had. When I was publisher the company hit #4 in market share, then oddly that’s when the investors began to intercede. Sadly, they let great new properties and strong fresh licenses go by, and when I saw the handwriting on the wall, I left — in March of ’93, and by early 1994, it was gone.

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