Another one of the great things about doing a webcomic without the need to make money from it is that I can be totally committed to the idea of Lovecraftian comics without worrying about losing sales. Though the strips are successful on their own, I’ve been happy to plump for Francois Launet’s The Unspeakable Vault of Doom, José Oliver and Bart Torres’ El Joven Lovecraft and Jason Thompson’s various works, as well as printed comics. Now I want to add to that list with Sara Bardi’s Lovely Lovecraft. (And by the way, this is an international group. UVOD is from France, El Joven Lovecraft from Spain, and Lovely Lovecraft from Italy. Jason and I represent the U.S., plus LIM is now available in Portuguese. We’re taking over the world!)
She’s got the first seven pages of her opus up on Deviant Art –we need to get her onto her own comic site ASAP, even though it’s fun to see her other work–and it’s great to see another high-quality, totally original take on HPL and his work. No one is going to confuse any of the strips I’ve mentioned with LIM or one another. Maybe we need to form our own little Lovecraft comics hub!
Though it’s still in the future, her synopsis for the story arc reveals that it will deal with HPL as a child. Interesting that so many people want to explore the mythos through the young Lovecaft’s eyes. El Joven Lovecraft uses an almost Calvin & Hobbes approach, while Howard Lovecraft & the Frozen Kingdom tends to concentrate on the Dream World stories. But variety is the spice of life.
Of course, I’m in love with her color. I don’t know if you would say we have a similar approach or not, but I don’t see anyone else using the bright saturated colors for a horror story like Sara and I are doing. Works for me.
So enjoy this new addition to your reading list.
Many thanks to reader Don Simpson for calling this strip to my attention.