Jacen Burrows Providence Interview at Bleeding Cool

Jacen Burrows' Providence artwork preview via Bleeding Cool
Jacen Burrows’ Providence #1 artwork, preview via Bleeding Cool

We fans tend to focus on Alan Moore, who gives lots of interviews and deserves plenty of attention, but there are also Moore’s collaborators, who toil to bring Moore’s scripts to the page.

The artist who brings Moore’s Lovecraftian vision to life is Jacen Burrows. Burrows did Neonomicon, The Courtyard, Recognition, and is now visualizing Providence.

One early 20th Century visual reference Burrows mentions is J.C. Leyendecker. Image via Tumblr
One early 20th Century visual reference Burrows mentions is J.C. Leyendecker. Image via Tumblr

There’s a short March 2015 Bleeding Cool interview with Burrows where he discusses Providence, from research, to visual influences, to working with Alan Moore. The article also includes six pages of color preview pages of Burrows’s Providence artwork, sans word balloons.

Here are a couple of excerpts from the interview:

You could take a real classic gothic horror approach like an old Universal or Hammer Film and go absolutely crazy with otherworldly stuff and atmosphere, but for this book, we wanted to focus on a tangible historical realism throughout. The hope being that when the horrific things happen or when our lead character stumbles into the darker corners of the Lovecraftian world that they will be all the more horrific in contrast. Robert Black doesn’t live in a shady nightmare world; he lives in our world, which sometimes intersects with things that will horrify him down to his bones. There are definitely some opportunities to design and show some really scary stuff, but I think it is the contrast with the recognizable but still somewhat alien 1919 setting that amplifies the creepiness.


To think that [Lovecraft] an obscure pulp writer from the early 20th century could be affecting pop culture in modern times is truly surreal. Even beyond the handful of film, gaming and literary adaptations of his ideas, his influence has been immeasurable. At its core, I think the main theme has always been that no matter how self important mankind gets, we are ultimately nothing more than a blip in the vastness of space and time, and the horror that comes from knowing just how insignificant we all are. There can be no more universal fear than that. So why not throw on some C’thulhu slippers and dance till the abyss consumes us like the mindless pipers of Azathoth?

Read the full interview at Bleeding Cool.


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