Dark Days Poster Sundown by Ben Templesmith 30 Days of Night


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This story follows Stella Olemaun’s efforts to warn the world about the threat the vampires pose – the vampires who overran Barrow, Alaska, killing her husband and most of the town.

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

The series takes place in Barrow, Alaska, so far north that during the winter the sun does not rise 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, the series became a breakout success story for Steve Niles, whose 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 sequel series and, in 2007, was adapted into a film of the same name.

In a sort of Arctic version of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot, a clan of vampires makes its move as winter approaches in the tiny town of Barrow, Alaska. Why Barrow? Because, with the arrival of the winter solstice, the sun sets one evening and plunges this remote community into a month-long period of frigid darkness before finally rising again. For a vampire, a month-long night in a city that’s in the middle of nowhere is a tempting target.

Writer Steve Niles plays on common fears of isolation, darkness, and monsters in a story that’s more chilling than its locale.

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

A sequel to the film was released in October 2010. 30 Days of Night: Dark Days was directed by Ben Ketai and stars Kiele Sanchez as Stella Oleson.

Ben Templesmith (born 7 March 1984) is an Australian comic book artist best known for his work in the American comic book industry, most notably the Image Comics series Fell, with writer Warren Ellis, and IDW’s 30 Days of Night with writer Steve Niles, which was adapted into a motion picture of the same name. He has also created book covers, movie posters, trading cards, and concept work for film.

Near mint condition.