Tuesday, February 01, 2011

I recently found Jason Thompson's beautiful site Mockman.com. Jason is a manga editor who also creates his own comics, many of which are adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft tales. He wrapped up a 16-page adaptation of "The Strange High House in the Mist" last month. The comic is presented in its entirety on the site and is well-worth the time to drink it in. Like his other comics, each panel of "House" is filled to the brim with details that advance the story or heighten the mood in very creative ways. It's been a while since I've read a comic where the art conveyed so much information, yet did so elegantly. I ordered a print copy of Hyberborea from his site, which consists of a comic adaptation of Clark Ashton Smith's "Tale of Satampra Zeiros." In Hyperborea, the mood is much more humorous, even though the final terror is relentless...a neat and whimsical comic. This stuff is a rare treasure -- check it out!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

"I'd heard about the Situationists from the radical milieu of the time," says McLaren. "You had to go up to Compendium Books. When you asked for the literature, you had to pass an eyeball test. Then you got these beautiful magazines with reflecting covers in various colours: gold, green, mauve. The text was in French: you tried to read it, but it was so difficult. Just when you were getting bored, there were always these wonderful pictures and they broke the whole thing up. They were what I bought them for: not the theory." (From England's Dreaming by Jon Savage, St. Martin's Press, 1992, p. 30)