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If you’re looking for a comedy about monster teenagers trying to survive high school and puberty, Eerie Cuties is a good match. It follows the lives of vampire sisters, Nina and Layla Delacroix, attending Charybdis Heights, as well as their family, friends, classmates, and teachers.
Nina is a vampire who can only eat chocolate, which annoys her older sister Layla. Her two friends are Brooke, a melusine (half-snake, half-human), Chloe, a succubus, and Ace, a werewolf. Their days mainly fall into the basic high school dramas: passing French class, attending the school dance, trying to get a boyfriend who isn’t cursed, and preventing mass doom and chaos due to a loose mirror imp. Normal, everyday teenage stuff. Along for the ride are the Delacroix parents, two vampires with a secret; Blair, Nina’s possessed doll; Tia Darkness, a demon who feeds on conflict; Dio, Layla’s betrothed, who also wants Nina; and a whole host of characters who just happen to get caught up in the madness.
When the comic was first launched in 2009, the format was a four-panel set-up, drawn in color. In 2010, the creators switched to a black-and-white, manga-style format, allowing for more action per page. The comic is a collaboration between three artists: Gisèle Lagacé, David Lumsdon, and María Victoria “Shouri” Robado. Collectively, they are known as Pixie Trix, which along with Eerie Cuties, produces Magick Chicks, Dangerously Chloe, Ménage à 3, Sandra on the Rocks, and Sticky Dilly Buns, all drawn in similar formats, although often with different artists. Several of the artists have worked on the famous Archie comic series, and their art shows the influence. The characters and backgrounds have simple, clean, defined lines, with little intricate detail. For the most part, the colors used are black and white, with some gray shading here and there.
While Eerie Cuties depicts teenagers, it does have some sexual innuendos and slight nudity (though all the important pieces are covered up), as well as several LGBTQ characters. Overall, the storylines, comedy, and characters are best described as “cute.” And that’s not bad. It’s a silly story with slapstick humor and a magic twist, although it does have several arcs dealing with darker tones, such as demon possession.
The Pixie Trix team has released four print volumes available for sale, and the comic is still ongoing. A good read for those who enjoy sitcom style stories, you can read it at Eeriecuties.com.