Providence 7 Annotations Posted

panel detail from Providence #7 - art by Jacen Burrows
panel detail from Providence #7 – art by Jacen Burrows

We’ve got our first-run annotations for Providence #7 posted! We are still making some refinements, but look ’em over and let us know what we missed. Black is in Boston; the main Lovecraft story Burrows and Moore reference is indeed “Pickman’s Model” as we anticipated in our preview post.

Find Providence #7 annotations here.

2 thoughts on “Providence 7 Annotations Posted

  1. Hey, guys, I’m the translator for the Brazilian edition of PROVIDENCE (Panini will be releasing it in separate arcs). I just wanted to thank the team here, including all contributing readers, for the simply invaluable source of contextualized knowledge in the form of these annotations. Obrigado!

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    • Wow, we have a star in our presence!

      I’m curious how the process goes. What material do you get to work from? Just the comics? Alan’s scripts, complete with notes? Particularly with Moore, there’s often more depth to the words, and pictures, than you notice at the time, he’s really one of those writers that benefits from a second reading of his work, and the third, and the fourth…

      So I imagine that might make translation a bit more subtle, and complex, than translating standard superhero rubbish.

      It might benefit you to read the Lovecraft originals. I’ve known about Lovecraft for decades, but only started reading his work a few months ago, since Providence. One good thing is, they’re usually short! Other than that, he has some amazing ideas, but perhaps isn’t brilliant as a writer at actually writing interesting, readable prose.

      Frank Herbert’s Dune books are similar. I read Dune, all few hundred pages, within a few days of getting the book. The story was compelling, I absolutely had to find out what happened next. But the writing itself was a slog, really had to chew through it, didn’t flow, didn’t move on fast enough. Maybe that’s partly just cos I wanted to know what happened next so much, that I didn’t take time to enjoy the prose. But still, don’t think much of his skill as a writer. GREAT ideas, great stories, great plotting, but the actual words not so fantastic.


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