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Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars, also referred to as Vampire Hunter D: Message from Cecil is a currently running comic book adaptation of Message from Cecile, an unpublished Hideyuki Kikuchi short story never before released in english. This story was only given to fans as a prize during an event in Japan and will make it's English debut in this 5 comic book series published by Stranger Comics.


SynopsisEdit

Message from Mars is told from the point of view of Cecile, a girl who could see the future, one of the human colonists on Mars. D arrives to find a colony that is little more than a blood farm. With Left Hand by his side, D sets out to cleanse Mars of the vampiric scourge! We see the ascension of the Nobility in the aftermath of a nuclear war on Earth and a part of the beginning of D's journey as a vampire hunter.

Main CharactersEdit

Background Information from Scott McLeanEdit

The story in this comic book series is not planned for the show.

Firstly, the main series of the VHD novels all take place on Earth. This story is set on Mars.

Secondly, when I read Message from Cecile(I think I was the 3rd person to see it in English), I loved the story, but as a short story, I didn't see it adapting well to either a feature film or a TV episode. After sharing it with our team, we thought it could be a great story for a comic book adaptation.

Kikuchi-san had a few questions since American style comic books(24 page, full color comics) don't exist in Japan. After we showed him what we wanted to do, he gave us his blessing.

And so, here we are looking at issue #1 of Vampire Hunter D: Message from Mars.

And a huge thanks to Kevin, the series translator, for putting this story in my hands.

D's Appearance Concept Explained by Scott McLeanEdit

D Message from Mars profile picture

As far as Cloak vs coat and the interior of the cloak being red, black or something else:


In the novels, D sometimes has a coat, sometimes a cloak. Since a choice had to be made from an art direction perspective, a cloak was chosen.

From a purely practical, art design perspective, solid black everything doesn't work well visually because you have no contrast. Hence, the red interior of the cloak. Or the Deadpool logic of, I wear red so you can't see the blood, could also be applicable since there is an awful lot of blood getting spilled. (Deadpool never actually came up in this discussion process)


Creative TeamEdit

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Hideyuki Kikuchi- Original short story by luminary author Hideyuki Kikuchi.

Kevin



Kevin Leahy- Hideyuki Kikuchi's personal translator credited with putting the project in motion by translating the original work used for the story as seen above.


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Brandon Easton-Adapting "Message from Mars" is veteran comic writer and screenwriter Brandon Easton.

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Yoshitaka Amano-Inspired by the original production design created by the legendary Yoshitaka Amano.

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Christopher Shy-Visual development was spearheaded by the wonderful Christopher Shy.


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Michael Broussard-The stunning art for “Message from Mars” is being created by the amazing Michael Broussard.

Agnes Garbowska



Agnes Garbowska-Artist of an alternate art cover and exclusive future motion scene in her style


Hyoung Taek Nam



Hyoung Taek Nam- Alternate Cover Artist


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Artgerm- Alternate Cover Artist


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Jae Lee- Alternate Cover Artist


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Unified Pictures and Digital Frontier- Supporting the creation of comics are the entire creative teams of both Unified Pictures and Digital Frontier.



Full List of CreditsEdit

Vampire Hunter D Message from Mars Credits









InterviewsEdit

https://www.animenewsnetwork.com/interview/2016-06-30/unified-pictures-and-vampire-hunter-d/.103801

http://previewsworld.com/Article/184176-Michael-Broussard-Paints-Vampire-Hunter-D


VHD Message From Mars Preview!00:00

VHD Message From Mars Preview!

Order/Pre-Order Here!Edit

Stranger Comics are now taking pre orders directly through your local comic book shop NOW!

Just take the code and give it to them and they can place an order for your Message From Mars Comic!

As seen on the face book page:

PreOrder available now! Vampire Hunter D written by Brandon Easton (#AgentCarter, #MASK). Art by Michael Broussard (#Artifacts, #TheDarkness). Variants by Jae Lee (#DarkTower, #Wolverine) and ArtGerm (#HarleyQuinn, #WonderWoman). Tell your local comic shop the dhampir has returned.

PreOrder Code for:

Cover A by Michael Broussard SEP161905
Cover B by Jae Lee SEP161906
Sketch Blank SEP161907

Hyoung Taek Nam cover can be ordered here:

http://hidehocomics.com/vhdcolor.html

They can also be ordered here:

http://www.strangercomics.com/product/vampire-hunter-d-1b/


https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1951067948/vampire-hunter-d-message-from-mars (Former Link for the Kickstarter, this is no longer in use since the kickstarter is over)

Possible CoversEdit

There are more to come possible alternate covers coming soon including those from Yoshiaki Kawajiri, and Yoichi Mori. The Cover by Agnes Garbowska may become available as a comic in the future. As well as concept alternate covers by Christopher Shy and Micheal Broussard.

Known CoversEdit

GalleryEdit

TriviaEdit

  • The Kickstarter for making this a project is one of the if not the most highly funded projects in Kickstarter history.
  • Agnes Garbowska artist for my little pony and many other works including the chibi D alternate cover is a huge Vampire Hunter D fan.
  • Agnes Garbowska's cover has a motion capture for the scene leading from before and up to what is depicted to also be released in the future.
  • The motion comic made for this will have full movement and a cast of voice actors for the scenes that have not yet been commissioned.
  • The Covers involving the moon were rejected as a cover due to it not being considered on Mars. There was opposing discussion on this including that Mars does have two such moons. These rejected covers may become available as alternate covers.
  • There are two colors for the Christopher Shy cover dubbed "Blue" and "Red". The "Red" cover will be the cover considered more targeted for collection.
  • There is a scene where various monsters of the Nobility created on Mars attack D. Not all of them are described. Here Kikuchi-san gave the team the green light to come up with their own creative monsters to depict for the comic
  • It is in the works for the original "Message from Cecile" work that that comic is based on will become available in 2017.
  • Brandon Easton may be part of the creative team to work on the show after the completion of the comic.
  • With the success of this project Kikuchi-san has made it known unreleased directions he has planned for the story so the creative team doesn't veer off that preset course and is in line with his thoughts of where the story will head.

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