A., There’s a bizarre story behind these pages. Two years ago the artist, one Naoko Hirano, pitched a terribly compelling manga series. She included pints of half a chapter, and the publisher was so intrigued that they immediately made an offer. They never heard back. She was reported missing the next day. Police found nothing.… Continue reading Framing Device 1
Disclaimers: These two chicks belong to Naoko Takeuchi… These two, to Kouta Hirano… And this uber-cool duel has nothing to do with the plot! (But read it anyway!)
Act 1: Integra
[CHEDDAR KILLING SPREE] Arthur (thinking): Another “incident” made its way into the news…which would perhaps be less worrisome if only my dear daughter could wake up on time. [RARE BOOKS RECOVERED] [MERGERS PLANNED] Arthur: INTEGRA! Integra: Oh no! I’m going to be late again!
Integra (narrating): My name is Integra. Integra Wingates Van Helsing. Age 13. And late for school, not for the first time. I missed breakfast again, too. [TRIP] [THUD.] Integra: Ow. What did I trip on? A dog?!
Integra: Sorry, puppy… Are you okay? [whimper] Aww! You’re funny-looking, but kind of cute! Let’s get this dingy bandage off… [SHOVE] Eight eyes?!
Integra: Oh, no, now I’m really late! Teacher’s gonna kill me… Integra (narrating): Which is how I missed my first class, lost my bag, and didn’t turn in my homework. And to top it all off, I failed a quiz because I was up all night watching a vampire hunt. That’s right — vampires. My… Continue reading Act 1 Page 04
Brenner: Heh…only thirty percent? No wonder you threw this away. [SNATCH] Integra: Shut up! I had a bad day, that’s all! And if I looked as creepy as you do, I wouldn’t go mocking how other people look! [heh]
Brenner: I wasn’t mocking how you look, only pointing out that you have pointy hair. Pointy-hair. Integra: Fine. Just forget it! [STOMP STOMP] Brenner: She’s tough. Integra: What a day! I need a nap… [flop] [TAP TAP] Come in! Nobody at the door? What the…?
Integra: Oh, wow, it’s you! Creepy eight-eyed dog! And you brought my books to me! You must be trained or something! Alunacard: “Or something”, yes. Integra: Did it just…talk?! Alunacard: My name is Alunacard. I’ve been looking for you, Integra Van Helsing. I need your help. A catastrophe is coming, and you must help avert–… Continue reading Chapter 1 Page 07