Let’s be honest – there’s never been a better time to be a nerd. Geek Culture is the focus of mainstream TV shows, comic book conventions grow in popularity every year and nerdy individuals have a dizzying array of merchandise to chose from that simply didn’t exist just a few years ago.
But while sci-fi, fantasy, role-playing and comics are becoming ever more accepted hobbies, it can feel that horror fanatics have been a little left out in the cold. The idea for BLAIRE came about after reading the article ‘Taboo of the Horror Nerd‘ by Aaron Sagers back in 2011.
The article explored that while main other forms of ‘nerdom’ are becoming more accepted and even mainstream than ever, self confessed horror nerds are still ofter considered dark, scary outsiders. Perhaps the quote which best summarises this sentiment is; “Basically, there is no “The Big Bang Theory” chronicling the loveable foibles of a dedicated nerd who can list his top five cannibal movies, and is steeped in a fandom of dismembered bodies and buckets of blood.”
We wanted to that loveable nerd, and give horror fans a mascot who’s out to show the world that we’re not really that scary! We’ve teamed up with artist Sarah Allan to create BLAIRE; a webcomic chronicling the adventures of a quirky young horror fanatic. Blaire collects the autographs of villains, has an assortment of spooky toys and a group of friends who share a love for the gorier things in life.
Check out some Work in Progress sketches below.
Early character development for Blaire and friends.
Blaire character sketches.
Here’s the synopsis:
“BLAIRE is a horror enthusiast. Blaire collects everything and anything scary as well as hosting a horror lovers club. With a best friend who’s a professional monster hunter and a group of fiendish friends, adventures await for these proud horror-obsessed nerds!”
BLAIRE the webcomic will launch this Saturday the 29th August on Popcorn Horror, and will be archived on the site.