Scary Gary, a new comic strip by Mark Buford, examines an all-too-common problem: vampires in the suburbs. But this vampire isn't out for blood; Gary has turned over a new leaf.
"He's rather burned out on vampirism and is ready to hang up his cape," said Buford, adding that Gary's henchman, Leopold, is somewhat less than enthusiastic about the move: "Leopold keeps the neighborhood thoroughly terrorized."
Buford has been drawing cartoons since childhood and scored his first syndication deal in 1997 with a daily called Meatloaf Night. He said that Scary Gary was inspired in part by classic TV.
"When I was a kid I loved watching 'The Munsters' and 'The Addams Family,'" he said. "One day a few years ago I was thinking about those shows while doodling in my sketchbook, and Gary just appeared on the page."
Buford's late wife suggested the henchman idea, selected a design and even named him Leopold. And with that, Buford said, "Scary Gary was off and running."
Scary Gary has been syndicated by Creators Syndicate since June. It updates every day.