Thursday, September 22, 2011
Lovecraftian artist Jason B. Thompson is at it again. The man who was once crazy enough to help bring H.P. Lovecraft's epic tale, “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath,” to film is pitching a new mega graphic novel that will span all of HPL's dream stories. This ultimate dream cycle collection will translate several Lovecraft tales into ink that are rarely seen in comics: “Celephais,” “The White Ship,” “The Strange High House in the Mist,” and “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath.” Needless to say, the focus on unifying H.P. Lovecraft's dream cycle in the comics is unique.
According to Thompson, all four stories that make it into the book will be heavily revised from his original designs, expanded, and made into full color productions. Originally, his well drawn Lovecraft adaptations only saw a limited circulation. His last graphic editions of these tales appeared when HPL was just becoming truly hip to the power of online media, a time when Lovecraftian graphic novels were few and far between.
Jason B. Thompson is also the latest Lovecraftian producer to utilize Kickstarter.com as a method of raising capital for his endeavor. To date, the power fund set up to launch this project is doing surprisingly well. Kickstarter is rapidly becoming a new way for innovators involved with the weird to harness the power of web fundraising as a means to make their nightmares into realities.
Thompson's artistic prowess and appreciation for Lovecraft's fiction is certainly deserving of support. Pick up The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath on DVD to see what he has to offer. Despite being sold out for years, second hand copies continue to circulate on sites like Amazon. Better yet, chip in to his Kickstart fund, which has already raised over $6,000 at the time of this writing. Like many other fundraisers, his includes special prizes for heavy contributors.