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Letters for Lucardo, Vol. 1

(Letters for Lucardo #1)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  326 ratings  ·  68 reviews
Ed Fiedler is a common man. 61 years old and employed as a scribe in a royal palace, his most regular client is Lucardo von Gishaupt, a forever-young aristocrat... and member of the mysterious and revered Night Court. When the eternally 33-year-old Lucardo and the aging Ed develop feelings for one another, both are forced to contend with the culture shock of a mortal man's ...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published 2017 by Iron Circus Comics (first published December 2016)
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Dave Schaafsma
Jul 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gn-glbt, gn-romance
Letters for Lucardo is a short and sweet gay (m/m) Victorian vampire romance comics story created by Finnish artist Noora Heikkila. It’s her first of four in a series focused on love between a human and superhuman. It’s also self-labeled as erotica. The publisher Iron Circus also published her Smut Peddler. This comic features a white 61-year- old man, a scribe and a commoner, who seems to be a little sick, coughing, and an eternally young 33 year old black aristocratic man. It features—well, it ...more
4.5 Stars

This story just made my day!!

This was one of those rare occasions where you find yourself scrolling your GR newsfeed, see a (previously unknown) book, promptly investigate, and then proceed to immediately search online to buy a copy to consume that very minute! Yep, it was less than 30 minutes from discovery to completion, and it was AWESOME!

The premise for this graphic novel had me positively giddy. Edmund Fiedler, a 61 year old human scribe, is earnestly courted by 33 year old (on th
Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)
4 Stars

I had been wanting to read Letters for Lucardo ever since someone told me about it, and I'm so happy to report that it didn't disappoint!

The thing that really drew me to this graphic novel is that it has so much diversity/inclusivity, including kinds that you don't normally see in vampire romance. (Updated to add: Having read the second volume, I now realize they're some sort of immortal shapeshifters that sometimes drinks blood, so close enough.) The supernatural being is Black. H
Ije the Devourer of Books
Oct 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I bought this out of curiosity because I do love a good graphic novel. This story contains explicit erotica so if you don't like explicit gay sex scenes this one is not for you.

When I came across this paperback on Amazon I really liked the idea behind the story. Lucardo is a young, black vampire who falls in love with an older white man who is human and whose name is Ed. I felt it was portraying something very different and it does. There is also some great world building which this first book j
I helped kickstart this, because I was so intrigued by the premise. An erotic graphic novel about a 61 year old mortal man falling in love with a vampire? Hell yes. These are the vampire stories we deserve.

But honestly this is a very, very tender, warm and loving story of the love that blossoms between two men - one of which will live forever. It's at its heart a story about the things that love will conquer and blind us to, and the dangers of loving truly and deeply, when one of you are destine
Rachel Emily
I REALLY loved this! A noble/royal vampire falls for his 60 year old scribe. But his vampire family seem determined to show Lucardo that Ed isn’t worth his time and affection.

This takes place in a fantasy historical setting. The dress is like 1800s but also Asian? Influenced and, I want to say...both eastern and early Christian inspired. I would love to learn more about the world of the vampires, their politics and religion, how they operate and more about them as vamps other than pointy teeth.
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A sweet erotic comic, about a relationship between an elderly man and a man who looks young and hot, but is actually an ancient vampire. I don't know why there are not more vampire/human pairings like this, because it makes a lot of sense.

The art is really beautiful, and the characters are both very appealing. I love Lucardo's self-confidence, and I completely understand his attraction to Edmund, an unassuming scribe who has no idea that he's a silver fox. They can be themselves with one anothe
Erica ♋️✨📖
This graphic novel was just terrible there is no other way to describe this. I rarely give books or even graphic novels less then 4 stars but honestly this graphic novel had zero plot i could care less about the characters. The only thing the characters did was have sex that’s it nothing else important happened. I would not recommend this to anyone unless you like reading about a bunch of sex don’t pick this up.
Angie Suarez
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
So the thing that peaked my interest about this comic when I initially pledged on the kickstarter was that its a love story between an old man and a young man of color. The number stories that have 60 year old protagonists is very small and if its a romantic story you can be sure its even lower. nevermind an erotic novel.

So even though I've been avoiding vampire stories ever since Stephanie Meyers series came out I decided that this one deserved a chance.

Well, let me tell you: I'm so glad I pa
Andrew Greenlaw-Houldsworth
Okay, so, this is a lesson in making sure you fully read the back of the book before you crack it open in the staff room at work!! I thought this was going to be a cute, queer, intergenerational vamp/human forbidden romance. WELL, GUESS WHAT?! This is straight up erotica! And REALLY REALLY DIRTY/GOOD EROTICA, at that! I really enjoyed that neither the storyline nor the sex scenes overshadowed each other, and instead compliment each other nicely. Read it with your back to a wall! Very good!
Jun 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
sooo sweet... soooooooo diverse. You Never Ever see a romance with someone over 40, nor with vampires whom are all people of colour. The relationship is marvelous and just all the good things a romance should have.
My only distress is I didn't realise it was 'book 1' so I didn't get an ending. Hoping like crazy the author continues this.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is, hands down, one of the best vampire novels and graphic novels I have ever read. It is an erotic novel, so it is not for the...faint of heart? Whatever, I'd still recommend it even with the nudity and sexual acts. It's amazing. ...more
Robin Zeno
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
AbsoLUTELY delightful! Gorgeously drawn, funny & sweet. I'm incredibly excited for volume 2 & to see how this story unfolds!! ...more
Julie Bozza
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Julie by: Ije the Devourer of Books
I loved this! A May-December story that, oddly, works both ways; an inter-racial relationship; and so much more. Really lovely, and Ed the 'elderly' scrivener is just adorable. ...more
Well, this was cool. A love story between Ed, a 61 year old scribe and Lucardo, his centuries old vampiric employer. It's nice seeing a love story that isn't between two youngsters, but with two people who have already lived a full life.

There's a question of where this romance is going, whether Ed will gain eternal life and whether that's a waste at this point in his already frail body. Will Lucardo stay with Ed for whatever time they have left and then move on when he's dead? Will they simply p
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I didn't realize this was an erotic comic when I requested it from the library; I had been given the sequel for review and didn't investigate too deeply. However, despite my surprise, I found this book to be a sexy and bittersweet read. A romance between a 400 year old vampire Lucardo -- who appears 33 -- and his very mortal 61 year old secretary Ed. Heikkilä doesn't waste time on infodumping so we pick up clues about the world through hints and visual cues; it provides enough to make it clear t ...more
I didn't love the art in this; it just didn't feel super polished, but I really enjoyed the story. The relationship between Ed and Lucardo is cute and sweet and sexy. I do wish we could have maybe gotten a little more of the vampire stuff; it was so tangential to the rest of the story that it almost wasn't there at all. ...more
This book is stunning. I loved every heart-wrenching minute of it. WOW. I can't wait for the next volume. ...more
Kathryn Kania
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I'm on a gay supernaturals kick lately and wow, this fits so well. Good art, good story, good scenes. <3 So cute ...more
Amanda [Novel Addiction]
I need more ASAP! Requesting the second volume.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, ride-or-die
i’ve read it twice in a week it’s sooo lovely 😭
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I backed the Kickstarter a little unsure about this but willing to see what this story would be like - and I wasn't disappointed.

Edmund and Lucardo are sweet characters that immediately grab your heart. You can't help but root for them when they're so kind to each other. Edmund's anxiety and worries are palpable, too. Letters for Lucardo has a plot that's just as gripping as well, leaving a trail of information about the world of vampires and their religion that makes you want to know more.

Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Who are these characters and why should I care about them?

This arrived yesterday and I immediately read it twice. I was excited to receive my copy, after seeing some glowing reviews a few months ago. But what I found made me wonder if the reviewers had somehow received a different version than I did.

First off, the concept is exactly the sort of convention defying scenario that I love. The play on age difference is especially interesting as Lucardo, who appears younger, is actually much older tha
Meredith Katz
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Letters for Lucardo by Noora Heikkilä is a graphic novel and the first of four books. The protagonist, Ed Fiedler, is a normal human, 61 years old and a scribe by trade with rather unusual employers—the Night Court, ageless royals with a taste for blood (so, yes, absolutely vampires). He has the even more unusual distinction of being courted by the handsome, eternally-33 year old Lucardo. As both grow ever closer, they have to deal with a variety of culture shocks—a human among the inhuman, a ma ...more

I like this author, I do. I think she has talent. But . . .

That is not how you write a story. This is a erotic romance, so it of course starts with the two main characters immediately confessing their attraction and falling into each other's beds. Um, I think you missed a bit there. How about setting up the characters? How about establishing their relationship? How about some context? Why would anybody give a fuck if Lucardo and Ed get together if the reader has never met Lucardo and Ed be
Ziyed Yusuf
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This series starts out very promising.
First off, I want to say how refreshing it is to read a graphic novel with vampires that not only represents vampires of color, but most of the vampires are, and most of them are black. That is rare as far as science-fiction graphic novels go, to see so much predominating diversity in the cast of characters.

I didn't know anything at all about this story before opening this comic, and as depressing as it is to say, what surprised me the most was the lack of s
Jordan Lombard
I enjoyed this but for two things: I was hoping for some romantic buildup before the sex, and because it’s so short with a cliffhanger, I’m feeling like it would have been better to put all four books in one. The story is sweet, the art is well done, but we barely got our toes in the water before the tub was unceremoniously drained. Lol. Because of this, the meaning of the title is not exactly apparent. I’m assuming it will be in book two. I’ll be back for the rest though. I love that this has a ...more
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
‘Letters for Lucardo’, written and illustrated by Noora Heikkilä is the first graphic novel in a planned four-part series from Iron Circus Comics.

I first heard about this book in a round-up of the best graphic novels and comic books of 2017, put out by The A.V. Club – a pop-culture website I greatly admire. I actually marked quite a few of the listed works for eventual purchase, but this one jumped out at me because it was marked as an LGBT+ vampire romance (and I do loves me some vampire and p
Christina B.
Dec 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨Spoiler Free Book Review👨‍❤️‍💋‍👨

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️✨(4.25 rounded down)

Letters for Lucardo is an erotic graphic novel, heavy on the erotic, so I’ll start out with some warnings. This isn’t a read for everyone. It centers around a gay M/M relationship and isn’t shy on showing the details, or the body parts. ALL the body parts🍆🍑 (is there an emoji for balls? If there is, it needs to be here too😂) It’s smutty throughout, so if any of this doesn’t sound like your thing, then you probably ought to ste
Feb 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This deserves ALL OF THE STARS, I am just thrilled and utterly in love with this book. The art is simply exquisite, glorious, with such loving attention to detail. Each expression in the characters' face is emotionally fulfilling, and the humorous moments are endearing. The plot itself is so original, and really, quite unique. I am enchanted by the beautiful Lucardo and the sweet way he courts his scribe Ed, and the passion they feel for each other. Ed is a common old man, by human standards, wi ...more
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Otava Heikkilä is a comic artist born in 1990 in Finland. His works include the webcomic "Judecca", the short erotic comic "A Winged Man Flew into the Shed" in the "My Monster Boyfriend" anthology, and the erotic graphic novel series "Letters for Lucardo".

He's interested in stories about romance, creating soft spaces in rough lives, communication being an essential part of relationships and societ

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