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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 47

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today, for Mardi Gras, let’s look at a story set in New Orleans (presumably during Mardis Gras), Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s Cassidy: Blood and Whisky


Unlike the other tie-ins to Preacher, this Cassidy one-shot was drawn by Preacher’s regular artist, Steve Dillon, so this is basically an extra issue of Preacher spotlighting Cassidy.

The basic gist of the story is that Cassidy is in Louisiana when he smells something strange…another vampire! The only other vampire Cassidy ever met…

The rest of the comic is an interesting look at the French Quarter of New Orleans, but mostly it is a chance for Ennis to parody the Anne Rice style of vampires by contrasting them with his vampire, Cassidy…

The result is some strong parody work (although I thought that the Neil Gaiman jabs were a bit much – I’ll feature them as a Meta-Message very soon) and really, a compelling story about what happens when you, for lack of a better phrase, “buy into your own hype,” as the other vampire gets into the idea of being a vampire far more than he should.

It’s an amusing work with great Dillon artwork, but it is also filled with plenty of violence, including a brilliant twist on the idea of using a cross to stop a vampire.

I can see why this might not have been something Ennis wanted to include in the series proper, because it really doesn’t progress the character of Cassidy all that much (what it DOES do is show how Cassidy ended up in New Orleans, which ends up being important when the Preacher gang ends up in New Orleans years later and Jesse Custer learns some unsettling truths about what Cassidy did in New Orleans AFTER the events of Blood and Whisky – his actions make Joe Rice’s prejudices against the Irish seem quite valid) – it’s really more of a fun ride while getting to make fun of the silliness of some vampire fiction, but it’s still a good work.

It’s collected in the fifth Preacher trade collection, Dixie Fried.


I really love this issue. At the time in the run, Cassidy was starting to act like a completely unlikable prick, constantly going after Tulip and betraying his best friends. This issue reminded why I love the guy.


This story is even funnier in the wake of the Twilight-era vampire resurgence; just think of Eccarius as Edward Cullen instead of a Rice vampire, and his fate is even more delicious :)

i loved how the moment Cassidy meets Euccardarius he tells him that he is a prick and is upset that some one who will not grow old and die on him and nice Garth could find the time fleshing out the characters even if he did not want to to solo stories

Loved this… And the way it was then tied back into the main Preacher storyline when the gang later visit New Orleans…

It’s not prejudice, it’s knowledge of facts.

I must have missed the Gaiman jabs completely!! What were there?
…yeeeah too impatient to wait for the meta-message.

All stories set in New Orleans occur during Mardi Gras. This is a Rule.

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One of my favorite one-shots ever. The Gaiman jabs (“Loam Dreams”) are probably a bit much, but not undeserved (unlike the storyline later which references this same Gaiman analogue character). The “romantic” view of vampires gets the piss taken out of it pretty thoroughly–and not nearly as vile as Ennis does in The Boys. I still quote bits from this issue to this day.

“Wanker. Noun: one who wanks.”


There’s a funny story about Barry Windsor-Smith trying to convince Roy Thomas to use the word “wanker” in an early Conan the Barbarian issue. I believe it was mentioned in one of the introductions in the reprints trades by Dark Horse.

Anyway, the word “wank” appeared in the issue and that was that.

You’ve got to hand it to them, Brits, they have such cool expressions and their upper stiff lips! ;-)

“Cor Blimey!! I’m shagging a lesbian! Do I win a prize?” Hellblazer # 129-133 by you-know-who.

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