Print & vinyl stickers (stickers are transparent!) for Fan Expo Toronto at table A37! This is the first in a long time, where I’ve become so heavily invested in a series SO darn fast!! you can see a PROGRESS of this drawing HERE
One of the things I really love about Carmilla the series is that it absolutely destroys the prejudices the original text was based on.
LeFanu’s ‘Carmilla’ is about a woman who is a threat to civilised English society. She represents everything the entire abhors, she’s gay, she’s eastern European, catholic and a bit androgynous. The character threatens the sensibilities of poor Laura by luring her away from her father and sensible Englishness.
The series says fuck that. Carmilla is a vampire but she is not a predatory lesbian. She is a hopeless grump but she will defend Laura to her death (literally). And the show stresses the importance of female friendship over men as opposed to the novel that sees women bonding as a threat. It cast a Greek actor in its titular eastern European role and didn’t present her as a fetished evil 'other’. She is a lost child just like Laura. And it negated the idea that not adhering to the gender binary is something to be feared. The audience sympathises with Lafontaine as they struggle to explain their identity to Perry.
Carmilla the series takes every regressive idea the book was based on and goes 'fuck that it’s the twenty-first century.’