Below are annotations for Nightmares of Providence, No. 1 (66 pages including covers – color cover with black and white interior, dated June 2021, released digitally June 30, 2020)
Artists: Jacen Burrows, Gabriel Andrade, Renato Camilo, Daniel Gete, Ivan Rodriguez, and Christian Zanier. No writer listed.
Note: some of this is obvious, but you never know who’s reading and what their exposure is. If there’s anything we missed or got wrong, let us know in comments.
General: This comic features full-page artwork inspired by HP Lovecraft and by Providence. It was initially available just before Avatar Press launched its Providence Compendium Kickstarter campaign, which included numerous NOP variant covers – and a NOP Bonus Terrors digital comic. There is hardly any Alan Moore related content in NOP. Though the images are compelling – many simultaneously horrific and beautiful – there are not a whole lot of references to annotate.
- The Gabriel Andrade image depicts HP Lovecraft (above) and Robert Black (below.) Black is the protagonist of Providence.
- Andrade is one of Moore’s earlier collaborators, having illustrated Crossed+100, an upcoming additional Moore Lovecraft non-Providence comic, and two non-Moore features in the Moore-curated anthology Cinema Purgatorio.
- The page announces five Daniel Gete pentaptych (five interlocking images apparently) variant covers that have not been shown as of July 2021.
- A version (with full blacks) of this Burrows art appeared on page 126 of Dreadful Beauty, where it is listed as “Yuggoth Cultures Illustration.”
- The upper image depicts, left to right, HP Lovecraft, Alan Moore, and perhaps Cthulhu.
- The Daniel Gete image appears to portray HP Lovecraft, with some sort of tentacled symbiote growth.
- This Gabriel Andrade image may depict Cthulhu.
Page 3 – no specific annotations
- The Ivan Rodriguez images on pages 4-7 appear to be interlocking – and appear to connect to his image on page 16 of NOP Bonus Terrors.
Page 5 – no specific annotations
- This appears to depict Providence characters: Johnny Carcosa (right), FBI director Carl Perlman, and a pregnant Merril Brears.
- The depicts Providence/Lovecraft characters: Willard Wheatley/Wilbur Whateley (center facing right), and three Lovecraftian creatures (the first two resemble a Mi-go?) Suggest??
- Renato Camilo’s depiction of the Innsmouth Deep Ones is based on Jacen Burrows’ version from Neonomicon #2-4.
- The tentacled-eyeball creature (with snippets of ancient lettering) resembles Jacen Burrows’ depiction on pages 16-17 of part 2 of The Courtyard. That page was adapted by Anthony Johnstone and Burrows – based on an Alan Moore line “a pinwheel of nautilus fronds is dissolved into sparks by my vitreous humor as huge old grammatical structures collapse into place.” (Here it appears unfortunately very rapey… which is also a big part of Neonomicon.)
Pages 10-11 – no specific annotations (Christian Zanier art)
Pages 12-13 – no specific annotations (Pages 12-64 are all Daniel Gete art)
- This depicts Lilith and Robert Black – a scene from the middle of Providence #2.
Page 15 – no specific annotations
- The book is likely the Necronomicon.
Page 17 – no specific annotations
- This appears to depict a Deep One hybrid from Lovecraft’s “The Shadow Over Innsmouth.” Note the gill-like ridges on the neck.
Page 24 – no specific annotations
- This may be HP Lovecraft (?)
Page 25 – no specific annotations
- This appears to be an Innsmouth Deep One.
- Is this 7-tentacled starfish-like creature a specific mythos entity? Suggest??
Pages 28-31 – no specific annotations
- These appear to be more Innsmouth Deep Ones.
Pages 33-40 – no specific annotations
- This may be another Innsmouth Deep One.
Page 43 – no specific annotations
- This may be a night-gaunt.
- This looks like another Innsmouth Deep One.
- A somewhat similar well appears in Providence analogues for Lovecraft’s The Colour out of Space. See, for example, Providence 5 and Women of HPL cover for issue 8.
Pages 47-56 – no specific annotations
Pages 58-60 – no specific annotations
- This may be Cthulhu.
Page 62-63 – no specific annotations
- This appears to be a shantak.
Inside Back Cover (appears in print edition only)
- This print-only image depicts a sort of kid Cthulhu with a Cthulhu balloon.
- print back cover features an ad for the Providence Compendium.
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