It has been a month since the Thanksgiving week release of Providence #6, and it could be another month’s wait for Providence #7 due in February. No Providence slated for March. What’s a Moore-Burrows-Lovecraft reader to do in the meantime?
Contrary to a widespread cultural misconception, Facts in the Case of Alan Moore’s Providence is in fact far from the only place on the web to read about Providence. Below are some links to articles and podcasts that we’ve enjoyed to date. None of these rises to the level of “must-read” but it is nonetheless fun to see what other people are thinking as they read Providence.
Right now Moore and Burrows are halfway through the twelve issue series. As things progress to their conclusion, there will likely be much more to analyze and much more commentary available.
Some recommended Providence articles:
- At Popoptique, Luke Dorian Blackwood has been posting thorough thoughtful commentary on each issue, especially highlighting where Providence turns the tables re-interpretating Lovecraft’s mythos: “They’ve [Moore and Burrows] taken the monsters of “The Shadow Over Innsmouth” — as obvious a metaphor for Lovecraft’s anxieties about interracial relationships and the need for racial purity as there can be — and turned them into an outright oppressed minority.” Read his articles here: #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5.
- At Sequart, David Whittaker has smart Lovecraft-steeped reviews of each issue: #1 (with Neonomicon and The Courtyard), #2, #3, #4, and #5. (just added: Whittaker on Transcription and Trauma in Providence #6)
- At LiveJournal, davidxwiggin (an early commenter here who now avoids our site to approach Providence from his own perspective) provides his own running commentary on each issue, so far: #1, #2, #3, #4 and #5.
- At TrashFilmGuru, Ryan Carey does very good occasional reviews: #1, #4, #5, and #6.
- The Newest Rant included Providence in its weirdest comics of the year, plus a short review of #2.
- Dorkforty occasionally reviews Providence; the site has one of the only extended explorations of the rape scene in #6, plus this commentary on issues #2-3.
- My Little Underground posts a very quick “what I thought of” review the same day as each issue come out. When you finish reading the latest issue, and are still waiting for our massively-detailed annotations, give his reviews a look: #1, #2, #3,#4, #5, and #6.
A couple of recommended Providence podcasts:
- Silence has some worthwhile episodes discussing Providence: #4 (starts at minute 26) and #6 (Moore mentions start at minute 40, after some false starts Providence talk goes on at minute 57.) Thanks commenter bobsy who is a featured guest on these.
- Comet Boots opens a number of episodes discussing Providence: #1, #3, #4-5, (starts at minute 5) and #6.
What about you, readers, what Providence commentary are you reading, listening to, or producing? What online forums do you use to discuss Providence? Let us know in the comments.
Lastly, your hypergraphiac annotators Robert Derie and Joe Linton have been writing at some other websites. Here is some of our output that you might find interesting:
- Derie has been exploring aspects of Robert E. Howard’s oeuvre including his correspondence with Lovecraft. The Mirror of E’ch-Pi-El: Robert E. Howard in the Letters of H. P. Lovecraft surveys how Howard was presented in Lovecraft’s letters (parts 1 2 3.) Drafts to H. P. Lovecraft looks into the four surviving drafts of Howard’s letters to Lovecraft (parts 1 2 3 4.) The Shadow Out of Spain analyzes Lovecraft and Howard’s views on Hispanic people (parts 1 2 3 4 5.) Untrodden Fields: Robert E. Howard’s Sex Library peeps into Howard sexual influences, building on Derie’s book Sex and the Cthulhu Mythos (parts 1 2 3.)
- Derie has plenty of new writing over at The Unpublishable. Try out: “They Know In Their Hearts” (on Derie’s favorite Lovecraft stories), “A Dream of Books,” and “Providence 2100 CE” (a sci-fi exploration of Lovecraft’s prejudices.)
- Over at The Periodic Fable, Linton continues to annotate Crossed Plus One Hundred, where Si Spurrier just completed his worthwhile first six-issue story arc, drawn by Fernando Heinz and Rafa Ortiz. Alan Moore continues to be credited with the CPOH “series outline” and the Spurrier issues continue to flesh out Moore’s post-apocalyptic twenty-second century America. Linton also recently annotated Alan Moore’s excellent “Grandeur and Monstrosity” God Is Dead one-shot featuring Moore himself as surly hierophant to the last god, Glycon.