This webcomic is a personal favourite; To me, Bite Me! marks the point where I first encountered the world of webcomics, way back in 2000, and it had a profound influence on me, along with several of it’s now-deceased siblings.
Thus it felt only natural to begin everything with this one. It is amazingly still available online even after all these years, at www.bitemecomic.com You may also purchase it as a printed book (I adore my copy!)
Bite Me! refers to itself as a Vampire farce, and has a spontaneous and whimsical blend of slapstick, clihces and historical details. – While I wouldn’t cite it in a historical essay, the research and commitment is impressive, even if only used as a backdrop for the cast’s shenanigans.
The art has it’s own unique style, and those familiar with the later work of Dylan Meconis will undoubtedly recognize a few of her personal traits. It is an early work, and occasionally unrefined, but while I may well be biased I fully believe this merely adds to it’s charm.
(For more on Dylan Meconis you may find her website here: www.dylanmeconis.com – she has several later projects and comics that are also highly recommended)
Storywise Bite Me! is spontaneous and light-hearted, sporting chickens, fondue-forks and blood in rich measures.
Being a completed work, a fate that rarely befalls webcomics in general, it is a rare treat, even a decade later.
It is in the style of a zine, handdrawn and scanned (as most comics were back then). Kicking happily in every direction, be it the brooding vampires of Ann Rice or the more comedy-oriented aproach of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Bite Me! does it all in good humour and what I suspect is love and admiration.