Not all vampires sparkle in the sunlight, but they can sure act like they’re warmblooded. That’s what the talented artist Julia Loopstra wants to show the world with her amusing cartoon ‘Vampire Boyfriend.’ The cartoon, drawn in a very unique and pleasant style, details the relationship between Peg and her boyfriend Neculai who is a vampire (the hint is in his name).

Bored Panda reached out to Julia to talk to her about her work, her inspiration, as well as her hopes and dreams. So scroll down for the interview to learn more about the artist, enjoy her drawings and upvotes your favorites! Let us know what you think of Julia’s illustrations in the comments, and remember to share this post with your vampire-loving friends.

More info: julialoopstra.com | Vampire Boyfriend | Instagram (Comics) | Instagram (Art) | Twitter

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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

I laughed way too hard here.

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Colin Leetham
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1 year ago

Aw..... who's a deadly predator?

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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

Cute!

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“A lot of my inspiration comes from classic children’s book illustrations like the work of Edward Gorey and Quentin Blake,” 25-year-old Julia from California talked to Bored Panda about what motivates and inspires her to draw. “Artists who are able to balance childlike sweetness with human oddity are my favorite, so in my own work I enjoy combining colorful watercolor with my own sarcastic and somewhat dark sense of humor.”

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GodOfHyperdeath
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1 year ago

Lol

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Ale_Vidal23
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1 year ago

had to google the Story behind the valentines day

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Daria Z
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1 year ago

I'd say this pedestal looks very natural with a cat on top :D

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“When I was still in grade school I didn’t really consider being an artist despite the fact that I was constantly working on various self-driven artistic projects, like drawing detailed treasure maps, sewing clothes for my toys, or building miniature fairy houses out of sticks and pine needles.”

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AloofFox
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1 year ago

Awwwww... he could be a motivational speaker!!

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Kahlo Smith
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1 year ago

That was sweet of Neculai! Besides, these games are always rigged.

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GodOfHyperdeath
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1 year ago

You’d bat-ter believe it

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“I used to draw little comic strips and have doodle wars with friends but I didn’t really consider art seriously until I was approached by one of my high school teachers who encouraged me to look into art school,” Julia revealed her winding path towards artistic mastery.

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GodOfHyperdeath
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1 year ago

No bones about it.

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Kahlo Smith
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1 year ago

I really appreciate how well this conveys what works about their relationship: Neculai is jaded and miserable, but Peg brings joy and light back into his life <3

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ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago

She does not, and she doesn't care :-)

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“In my experience, it’s important for an artist to make work that speaks to them rather than trying to fit into a specific artistic box,” she gave advice to other artists. “When we’re starting out and still trying to find our artistic voices, it’s tempting to think: “How would a more successful artist approach this?” But I’ve always found that I make my best work when I consider: “How would I approach this?”

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ADHORTATOR
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1 year ago (edited)

The Queen of his cold heart....

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GodOfHyperdeath
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1 year ago

Love at first sight....or is it bite?

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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

Yeah, Stan!

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“In terms of making comics, the things I usually think will be popular are the ones that flop. When I made Vampire Boyfriend, it was a short series meant to make me and my buddy laugh, but I got such an overwhelmingly positive response from people that I’ve just kept making them and it’s turned into much more than I ever imagined.”

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GodOfHyperdeath
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1 year ago

I feel like that in the second square, it’s the classic villain scene of “well, well, well...what do we have here?”

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GodOfHyperdeath
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1 year ago

I like this guy.

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IzzieM
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1 year ago

At least their dates will never be 100% cliché and never mundane. ☺

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The high-energy artist exclaimed that she’s always working on various projects and is incredibly busy. “I make weekly comics like Vampire Boyfriend, but I’m also painting, embroidering, and writing. I’d eventually like to work in children’s literature, as that’s where my love of drawing began.”

“In my spare time I love swing dancing, podcasts, and collecting teeny tiny odd knick-knacks,” she added.

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Sean Reynolds
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1 year ago

draguta?

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IzzieM
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1 year ago

Hehehe, bloodletting was en vogue! He must have been a poplar physician then.

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Kathy Baylis
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1 year ago

I think Nec and Val are going to get along famously.

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Daria Z
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1 year ago

But a pendant won't make you warm ;)

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glowworm2
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1 year ago

Peg is so sweet!

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D. Pitbull
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1 year ago

BWAHAHAHAHAHHA - it's a county fair - he could even go as a country-goth

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D. Pitbull
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1 year ago

He ain't wrong...

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CodingGirl04
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1 year ago

Me every day

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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

I'm interested on what he thinks of Harry Potter.

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GodOfHyperdeath
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1 year ago

That’s my whole day right there

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Kathy Baylis
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1 year ago

Why Nec, you frisky little bloodsucker you.

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D. Pitbull
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1 year ago

In the second panel where he's gazing out the window - he looks a whole lot like Dream/The Sandman

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GodOfHyperdeath
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1 year ago

Well that was a CATastrophe

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D. Pitbull
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1 year ago

Wow... okay... if instead of a nostalgic photograph we could get masterpiece canvas oil paintings (in which the artist ALWAYS makes the people look better than real life anyhow) - Oil painting please!!!

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AloofFox
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1 year ago

Ewwww being alive!! gross.

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Neon Petra
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1 year ago

Mirror, mirror, on the wall...

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Sean Reynolds
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1 year ago

meeting the family be like this