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The Thing on the Doorstep by BryanBaugh The Thing on the Doorstep by BryanBaugh
I've always been a big reader / fan of H.P. Lovecraft's fiction. Love his crazy, cosmically horrifying imagination, his wordy, luxurious writing voice, and his dark, unswerving certainty regarding the unavoidable, miserable future for the pathetic little human race.

So I've been struck by the urge to do a series of illustrations based on his work.
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Who says Lovecraft never wrote stories about strong female characters? You hear this criticism of his work all the time, but I say whoever thinks that never got around to reading "The Thing On the Doorstep".

Asenath Waite is a truly memorable Lovecraft villainess.

Well, okay, she is a girl who may (or may not) have been tainted with the monstrous Innsmouth bloodline, and was clearly possessed by the spirit of her evil undead sorcerer father, Ephraim. But that doesn't change the fact that she was a powerfully seductive young woman, who did some very evil things.

"The Thing on the Doorstep" also gets criticized for being such a "simplistic" horror story written so late in Lovecraft's career - right around the same time he was also churning out really complex, cosmic horror stories like the Cthulhu Mythos. Some critics seem almost bitterly disappointed in Lovecraft, for going back to his roots with this story, and doing something more simple and straightforward... at a point when he was "capable of so much more". Personally I disagree. As much as I am a fan of the Cthulhu stuff, I also have an equally strong appreciation for Lovecraft's straightforward horror stories. And this is by far one of his most unusual.
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Like your Witch House-based work, this could be a movie or comic cover.

And its awesome.
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Edited Sep 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! I would love to do more Lovecraft-based comics. I've already done a comic of "The Hound" for a European publisher but there is another HPL story (I won't give away which one) that I have been wanting to adapt as a comic for about 20 years now. One of those things I will eventually have to get around to!
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome.

Yes, the SelfMadeHero work was one of my favorite comics (you remember I likened it to Bernie Wrightson, one of the highest compliments I can give).

Hm...I'm assuming this is of your as-yet unannounced favorite Lovecraft story? I am waiting with baited breath for your next piece!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Aww that's right, I do remember you had some very kind words for me on that one! Thanks again!

Yes my ultimate favorite HPL story is one I've done no illustrations for at all (though I've been doodling rough sketches of what the characters "could look like" for years.) To be honest I haven't been struck with the HPL vibe for a while (it usually hits me in the autumn and winter months, though!) and I've spent most of 2012-2014 super-deeply-immersed in completing a different graphic novel (about my own characters, Wulf and Batsy Volume 3) which probably won't be finished until 2015. So... my next future HPL comic and illustrations could be a ways off. But I'd still love to do it if the opportunity allows!
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
No problem...you deserved it all!

Alright...any hints? :D

To be honest, for all I love your art, I don't know too much about Wulf and Batsy other than the FABULOUS E.C. style cover. Is it an ongoing story? Or an anthology series?
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
So glad you asked!
Wulf and Batsy is a comic series I've been drawing (on and off, very irregularly) since the year 2000. Some of the early art looks very primitive, but it quickly catches its stride, and then starts looking like my modern work.

It has been published as "single issue comics" format in the past, but is best experienced in the collected trade paperback versions, which collect all the material in just a couple fat, convenient books. Plus the trade paperbacks offer something not available in any of the past "single issue comic" versions - which is that I really load up the final section of both trades, with "behind-the-scenes /making of" articles, showing the creative process I went through to create each book.

Basically if you get the two trades: "Volume 1" and "Volume 2: Lustmord Nightmares", and the little anthology comic of short stories "Scarifying Tales", then you have all the Wulf and Batsy material that I've made available, up to this point.

There's a LOT more material that has not been printed anywhere yet, that is all in various stages of completion, and which will all be released eventually, over the next couple years, as I get it all wrapped up.

The graphic novels are individual stories, you can read them out of order without feeling like you are "missing something", but if you read them in-order, you get the feel of a longer story that runs through the whole thing.

Learn more about Wulf and Batsy here: www.cryptlogic.net/wulfandbats…

Or simply visit the Store page of my website, select each individual Wulf and Batsy item and read the description. That will tell you what is included in each one. cryptlogic.bigcartel.com/

Enjoy!
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Brian-OConnell Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks! I'll probably buy some when I have the money.

Erm...one more thing. Are there any hints as to the identity of your favorite H.P.L. story?
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem, I was just giving you the info! My comics will be on sale at my website store page whenever you feel ready.

Hmm... How to give this away without giving it away.
My favorite HPL story is probably the only HPL story with a chase scene.
If you figure it out, please keep the answer to yourself.
I still hope to surprise people with this comic, whenever I get around to creating it!
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Dir-En-Grey-Gabriel Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I love this piece!
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BryanBaugh Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank yoU!
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