30 Days of Night

30 Days of Night is a three-issue horror comic book miniseries written by Steve Niles , illustrated by Ben Templesmith , and published by the American company IDW Publishing in 2002. All three parts co-own the property.

The series takes place in Barrow, Alaska , so it’s not up for 30 days. In the series, vampires , being vulnerable to sunlight, take advantage of the prolonged darkness to openly kill the townspeople and feed at will.

Initially an unsuccessful film pitch , [10] the series became a breakout success story for Steve Niles, which previous works had received relatively little attention. It was also the first full-length work by co-creator Ben Templesmith. The series has been followed by numerous series, and in 2007, was adapted to a film of the same name .

Plot summary

Vampires flock to Barrow, Alaska, where the sun sets for about 30 days, allowing them to feed the burden of sleep to avoid lethal sunlight. When the vampire elder Vicente learns of this plan, he travels to Barrow to end the feeding, to preserve the secret of vampires. Because of the cold, the vampires’ senses are weakened and a few of the town’s residents are able to hide. One such resident is Sheriff Eben Olemaun, who saves the town by injecting vampire blood into his veins. Vicente, saving the lives of the few remaining townspeople, including his wife Stella. Suffering the same weakness as all vampires, Eben allows himself to die.

Characters

Main article: List of 30 Days of Night characters

Humans

  • Eben Olemaun
  • Stella Olemaun
  • Jason Clifton
  • Agent Andy Gray
  • Jose Alex Diaz
  • Chirs Johnson

Vampires

The Nosferatu were once ruled by a “Council of Elders” led by Vicente. When the council Decided to make Themselves Known to the human race , humanity rebelled and Persecuted MOST of Their race. After a millennium , only a handful survived, led by Vicente.

In the series, vampirism is portrayed as a virus, one that can be spread through scratches, bites, and contact with vampire blood. The disease turns humans who contract it and gives them a mouthful of shark-like fangs and black eyes, as well as superhuman strength and speed, an aversion to sunlight, and superhumanly acute senses of sight, smell, and hearing. However, these senses can be weakened by extreme cold. Also, some vampires have additional powers, such as teleportation , telepathy, and the ability to disguise oneself. Vampires in the series differ in many ways from their mythological counterparts: impaling them with a wooden stake will not, on its own, kill them; neither will exposing them to garlic or even fire. They are extremely resilient, capable of withstanding grenades going off their bodies, or surviving after losing their faces to explosions. The only way to kill them is to behead them, or expose them to the vitamins generated in direct sunlight, which sets them on fire, and burns them to ash rapidly. Also, large amounts of ultraviolet light burns them and probably kill them, but they can never stay dead for long; if they hit their ashes, they will regenerate.

  • Vicente
  • Marlow
  • Lilith
  • Agent Norris
  • Santana
  • Dane
  • Billy
  • Zurial
  • Thomas Ramandt
  • Eben Olemaun
  • Stella Olemaun

Collected editions

Main article: List of 30 Days of Night comics

30 Days of Night has been published by several miniseries of 22-page comic books from IDW Publishing. These single issues are now collected in several trade paperbacks , as well as hardcover collections.

  • 30 Days of Night (paperback, collects 30 Days of Night # 1-3, June 2004, ISBN 0-9719775-5-0 ). The first printing featured the autographs of Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith. [11]
    • 30 Days of Night (Hardcover, Collects 30 Days of Night # 1-3, December 2004, ISBN 1-4352-3506-1 )
    • The Complete 30 Days of Night (Hardcover, Collects 30 Days of Night # 1-3, January 2004, ISBN 1-932382-17-8 )
  • Dark Days (paperback, Dark Days Collects # 1-6, April 2004, ISBN 1-932382-16-X ) [12]
    • The Complete Dark Days (Hardcover, Dark Days Collects # 1-6, December 2004, ISBN 1-932382-61-5 )
  • 30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow (paperback, collects Return to Barrow # 1-6, October 2004, ISBN 1-932382-36-4 ) [13]
    • 30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow (hardcover, collects Return to Barrow # 1-6, October 2004, ISBN 1-4352-3614-9 )
  • 30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales (paperback, Bloodsucker Tales collects # 1-8, September 2005, ISBN 1-932382-78-X ) [14]
    • 30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales (hardcover, Bloodsucker Tales Collects# 1-8, August 2005, ISBN 1-933239-11-5 )
  • 30 Days of Night: Three Tales (paperback, collects 30 Days of Night Annual # 2, 30 Days of Night: Dead Space # 1-3, 30 Days of Night: Picking Up the Pieces , July 2006, ISBN 1-933239-92 -1 ) [15]
    • 30 Days of Night Annual # 2: “The Journal of John Ikos” – Written by Steve Niles, art by Nat Jones .
    • 30 Days of Night: Dead Space – Written by Steve Niles and Dan Wickline , art by Milx .
  • 30 Days of Night: Spreading the Disease (paperback, Collects Spreading the Disease # 1-5, July 2007, ISBN 1-60010-085-6 ). Written by Dan Wickline, art by Alex Sanchez . [16]
  • 30 Days of Night: Eben and Stella (paperback, Eben and Stella collects # 1-4, November 2007, ISBN 1-60010-107-0 ). Written by Steve Niles and Kelly Sue DeConnick , art by Justin Randall . [17]
  • 30 Days of Night: Red Snow (paperback, Red Snow Collects # 1-3, January 2008, ISBN 1-60010-149-6 ). Written and illustrated by Ben Templesmith. [18]
  • 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow (paperback, collects Beyond Barrow # 1-3, March 2008, ISBN 1-60010-155-0 ). Written by Steve Niles. [19]
  • 30 Days of Night: 30 Days ‘Til Death (paperback, collects 30 Days’ Til Death # 1-4, June 2009, ISBN 1-60010-441-X ). Written and illustrated by David Lapham. [20]

Awards

30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow garnered Steve Niles and Ben Templesmith’s first Eisner Award nominations in 2005. [21] These included:

  • Nomination, Best Limited Series
  • Nomination, Best Writer (Steve Niles)
  • Nomination, Best Painter / Multimedia Artist (Ben Templesmith)

Adaptations

Movies

Main articles: 30 Days of Night and 30 Days of Night: Dark Days

A film adaptation of the original 30 Days of Night miniseries was produced by Columbia Pictures and Ghost House Pictures. Steve Niles and Stuart Beattie The screenplay went through several versions and writers. The film was directed by David Slade and Hollywood stars actors Josh Hartnett and Melissa George . It was released on October 19, 2007, [22] and was filmed at Henderson Valley Studios in Auckland, New Zealand.

See you there! 30 Days of Night: Dark Days was directed by Ben Ketai and stars Kiele Sanchez and Stella Oleson. [23]

Novels

An ongoing series of 30 Days of Night by IDW Publishing and Pocket Books. They include a novelization of the film.

  • 30 Days of Night by Tim Lebbon ISBN 978-1-4165-4497-5
  • 30 Days of Night: Steve Niles and Jeff Mariotte’s Rumors of the Undead ISBN 0-7434-9651-5
  • 30 Days of Night: Steve Niles and Immortal Remains by Jeff Mariotte ISBN 978-0-7434-9652-0
  • 30 Days of Night: Eternal Damnation by Steve Niles and Jeff Mariotte ISBN 978-0-7434-9653-7
  • 30 Days of Night: Jeff Mariotte and Steve Niles’ Light of Day ISBN 978-1-4391-2227-3
  • 30 Days of Night: Fear of the Dark by Tim Lebbon ISBN 978-1-4391-2228-0

References

  1. Jump up^ “Juarez”30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales 1-8 (Oct. 2004 – June 2005)
  2. ^ Jump up to:b 30 Days of Night: Dead Space 1-3 (Jan. – March 2006)
  3. ^ Jump up to:b 30 Days of Night: Spreading the Disease 1-5 (Dec. 2006 – April 2007)
  4. ^ Jump up to:b 30 Days of Night: Eben and Stella 1-4 (May – Aug. 2007)
  5. Jump up^ 30 Days of Night: Red Snow 1-3 (Aug. – Oct. 2007)
  6. ^ Jump up to:c 30 Days of Night Annual # 1 (2004)
  7. Jump up^ “Billy Dead Dead”30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales 1-8 (Oct. 2004 – June 2005)
  8. Jump up^ 30 Days of Night Annual# 2 (2005)
  9. Jump up^ 30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow 1-3 (Sept. 2007 – Feb. 2008)
  10. Jump up^ “30 Days of Steve Niles” . IGN . October 18, 2007.
  11. Jump up^ “30 Days of Night” . IDW Publishing.com . Retrieved 2011-06-24 .
  12. Jump up^ “30 Days of Night: Dark Days” . IDW Publishing.com . Retrieved 2011-06-24 .
  13. Jump up^ “30 Days of Night: Return to Barrow” . IDW Publishing.com . Retrieved 2011-06-24 .
  14. Jump up^ “30 Days of Night: Bloodsucker Tales” . IDW Publishing.com . Retrieved 2011-06-24 .
  15. Jump up^ “30 Days of Night: Three Tales” . IDW Publishing.com . Retrieved 2011-06-24 .
  16. Jump up^ “30 Days of Night: Spreading the Disease” . IDW Publishing.com . Retrieved 2011-06-24 .
  17. Jump up^ “30 Days of Night: Eben and Stella” . IDW Publishing.com . Retrieved 2011-06-24 .
  18. Jump up^ “30 Days of Night: Red Snow” . IDW Publishing.com . Retrieved 2011-06-24 .
  19. Jump up^ “30 Days of Night: Beyond Barrow” . IDW Publishing.com . Retrieved 2011-06-24 .
  20. Jump up^ “30 Days of Night: 30 Days’ Til Death” . IDW Publishing.com . Archived from the original on 23 November 2010 . Retrieved 2010-12-26 .
  21. Jump up^ Hahn, Joel. “2005 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards” . Archivedfrom the original on 12 January 2006 . Retrieved 2005-12-31 .
  22. Jump up^ “30 Days of Night” . ComingSoon.net . October 19, 2007 . Retrieved 2010-12-26 .
  23. Jump up^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1320304/

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