A comic adaptation of one of my favorite short stories: "The Hound" by H.P. Lovecraft.
Text adapted by Chad Fifer.
Art, Colors, and Lettering by me!
This comic was published in a book called "The H.P. Lovecraft Comic Anthology Volume 2", by European publisher, SelfMade Hero.
The book also featured many other short comics based on HPL stories.
Order it here:
Love the contrast of Sepia and BLOOD RED
This was a very rare and wonderful opportunity.
Believe me, there are at least 2 more HPL stories I would LOVE to adapt as full-length comics.
But you need legal permission from the copyright holders of the source material, if you intend to make money from selling an adaptation.
A lot of people seem to think Lovecraft's stories are all in the public domain but that is not the case. If I remember correctly, 1923 is the cut-off point. Anything Lovecraft wrote before 1923 is in the public domain, anything he wrote after 1923 (which is almost all his best stuff) is protected by copyright.
If I just did the comics for fun and posted them online for all to see, with no intention of profiting from them, it would be legally okay. But I'm not real interested in doing that - at least not at the moment - because that is just too much work to give away for free. If I'm gonna put that much time and effort into drawing comics "on spec" - then it will be my own stories about my own characters. (for example my Wulf and Batsy comics)
Sorry for the lecture... I guess these are the tedious practical realities of doing art for a living!
I do find it concerning that "we were bored" was apparently sufficient reason for our protagonist and his friend to go off and start robbing tombs. Ah, Lovecraft.
"I'm bored, Brain."
"So am I Pinky."
"So what do you wanna do tonight Brain?"
"Same thing we do every night Pinky, dig up graves like Ed Gein."
But I guess that's Lovecraft for you. He's all about the atmosphere, not the characterization or even necessarily the plot.
Yes they were clearly amoral wackos.
BUT - it was all FOR ART!!!
The brilliant thing about Lovecraft is that when his characters lose their sanity after encountering these horrors, you have to wonder sometimes if these characters were truly sane to begin with and where we draw that line. "The Hound" is the perfect example of this.
I didn't know this was the full extent of it, but wow am I glad to have been able to read it now.
I highly recommend ordering the actual printed book. (Link above in my Description).
It's a beautiful, fat little volume containing several HPL stories by a variety of different, talented artists.
Having the cursed necklace stand out against the monochrome with that bright, sickly green was a good inclusion.