When I started this site back in March, one of the things I knew I wanted to do was showcase and review things like comics and web series. Well, Stewart accepted the challenge of looking at comics with his ongoing series, As Long As I Don’t Wear Tights Or Spandex, so now I want to get started with a look at web series (I want to also touch on web comics, but that’s another set of posts).
I’ve gotten involved over the last few years with a lot of people that either work on or are attached in some way to a lot of different web series, and thus they keep coming to my attention. Just recently we’ve showcased Tara Platt & Yuri Lowenthal due to my work with Action Flick Chick regarding their work, Shelf Life the Series. So… these things just keep coming at me!
But for the first series up on the block, I want to share one that is near and dear to me- in part because as a supporter of it, the ups & downs of this little show have sent me on an emotional rollercoaster. But also because the creator has become a friend and really, when doing these things you should pimp your buds first, right? Thought so.
(Just to be safe… there might be spoilers)
If you’ve been hanging around the site for a while, you might remember my post about independent financing for projects. One of the people I interviewed then was Joe Wilson, who is the creator/writer/director/jack of all trades for The Vampire Mob. I’m trying to remember how I first heard about this series and I’m pretty sure it was through Kirsten Vangsness’ twitter and a retweet in regards to free passes to the premiere screening of a web series she’d been in that also had vampires! Well… color me interested! A) Kirsten Vangsness (LOVE HER!), b) FREE PREMIERE? um, yes please!, and c) Vampires! Sold!
So I RSVP’ed and got set to enjoy a free evening of silliness. I don’t think I was prepared for what I got- a mob drama, that just happened to have vampires. The first episode caught me and drew me in so much that when we’d finished the episodes being screened that night I was almost pissed off because I was going to have to WAIT! for the episodes to go live online in order to see how the season ended.
Alright, we’ve got vampires and the mob- this isn’t a new idea. But that’s not really the focus of the series. At it’s heart, Vampire Mob is really about the family (not the Mob, but Don’s family). And the characters are aware of the cliches of vampires, and the mob, and make fun of them. It’s brilliant in its simplicity. In short, fast paced episodes, you follow the characters through their lives (& issues) to resolution, sort of. But it’s so worth it!
Also, the large cast boasts actors who an audience may recognize from stage and screen! Quite an amazing group of people involved. If nothing else makes you tune in- at least check it out to see Marcia Wallace as a vampire mother-in-law. Which, by the way, is hilarious.
Season 2 is also available and recommended, but I don’t want to really spoil anything.