Digital-Only Nightmares of Providence Bonus Terrors Kickstarter Is Out

Nightmares of Providence digital-only Bonus Terrors cover – art by Daniel Gete

As part of the Avatar Press Providence Compendium Kickstarter, some backers received the Nightmares of Providence “Bonus Terrors” digital-only add-on.

The 18-page black and white Terrors features artwork by Jacen Burrows, Sebastian Fiumara, Daniel Gete, Matt Martin, Juan Jose Ryp, Ivan Rodriguez, and Dheeraj Verma. It contains little directly connected to Moore and Burrows – mostly consisting of HP Lovecraft-inspired monsters (many extensively tentacled), mostly in full-page format.

Facts Providence will do annotations for Bonus Terrors, though there does not appear to be all that specific references. Check the Annotations Index and/or the Nightmares of Providence page for Bonus Terrors annotations – coming soon. Continue reading

Jacen Burrows Original Drawings For Sale

Image from Jacen Burrows via Twitter

Providence artist Jacen Burrows tweeted that, for a limited time, he is available for commisions and sketches. He is also selling some artwork related to Providence – including character studies included in Dreadful Beauty. Fans interested in Burrows’ art should email the artist at neonomicon (at) gmail.com. Continue reading

Avatar Press Announces New Providence Compendium Edition

New full Providence collection is on sale for $59.99 – cover art by Jacen Burrows and Michael DiPascale

Today, Avatar Press announced that the wait is nearly over; Providence will soon be available in a new single volume “Compendium” edition. The $59.99 480-page hardback is available to order today, and is expected to be printed in early 2021. There is a $29.99 paperback planned, but not yet for sale. There is also a new tie-in 48-page Nightmares of Providence Lovecraft art comic, available with at least nine different covers. There are also some new Neonomicon covers and a “gold seal Stella Sapiente bundle” of sealed issues of Neonomicon and Providence.

Avatar’s inhouse Comics Cavalcade store is selling the new hardcover, as well as several collector sets of these right now through October 24 – in advance of a planned Kickstarter campaign coming soon thereafter.

It appears that a lot of the new Providence editions covers feature artwork from already published covers. The hardback features the Jacen Burrows and Michael DiPascale art from issue 9’s Weird Pulp variant cover. The paperback features the regular cover for issue #1. The Facts Providence team will be posting/annotating new collection artwork at the Collected Editions page. Coming soon, there will be a new page for annotating Nightmares.

Find all the annotations and more at the index page.

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New 10th Anniversary Neonomicon Hardcover, Plus One More Moore Lovecraft Comic Anticipated Soon

Cover of 10th Anniversary Neonomicon (same art as Neonomicon #1 New York Comic Con variant cover) – via Previews World

Avatar Press recently announced a new edition of Neonomicon is due in stores on January 29, 2020. The hardcover $29.99 Neonomicon 10th Anniversary Edition is signed by artist Jacen Burrows and limited to just 500 copies. Read the full description at Previews World.

In another new Previews World listing (for Alan Moore’s Cinema Purgatorio box set), Avatar mentions “a new series on the horizon.” Though it is not entirely clear what this refers to, some Moore fans are speculating that it is Moore’s as-yet-unnamed Lovecraft project.

In a 2016 interview with Pádraig Ó Méalóid (see page 336 of Mud and Starlight ), Moore outlines the comics writing he plans to complete before retiring. He mentions that he has “around forty-eight pages for me to complete on another Avatar project, Lovecraft related.”Assuming that 48 pages is the whole project, it would likely equate to two 24-page issues.

In July 2019, Bleeding Cool mentioned that Moore “had written some other stories prior to this [Moore’s retirement from comics] that will be published in the near future.” Bleeding Cool is published by Avatar Press.

The story, as far we’ve tried to piece it together is that, apparently, Continue reading

Providence 7 Ghoul Variant Covers Now On Sale Separately

Providence 7 four ghoul variant covers – by Jacen Burrows and Michael DiPascale

In this week’s big exciting Providence news (sarcasm) issue #7‘s ghoul variant covers are now available for individual purchase. Prior to 2019, these had only ever been available in sets of four.

During the 2016 Cinema Purgatorio Kickstarter, Avatar Press first offered these four ghoul variant covers for Providence 7:

  • Boyleston Street Subway Incident
  • The Great Molasses Disaster
  • Stolen Finery
  • Miss Lowell is Buried in Copps Hill Burial Ground

These uncommon variants are limited to 1,000 copies each. Continue reading

Dreadful Beauty Paperback Out, Showcases Jacen Burrows Providence Art

Jacen Burrows character design drawing for Providence‘s Ronald Pitman – detail from Dreadful Beauty
Dreadful Beauty hardcover cover – art by Jacen Burrows

This trade paperback of Dreadful Beauty: The Art of Providence is in stores this week. The 176-page art book features Jacen Burrows artwork from the extended Moore Lovecraft explorations – from Providence to Neonomicon, The Courtyard, and even Yuggoth Cultures. The book features all of Burrows’ covers, selected pages, and heretofore unpublished character studies.

The artwork is, of course, amazing: detailed, nuanced, and lush – with unerring attention to Lovecraft’s text and Lovecraft’s world.

Dreadful Beauty is all reproduced in black and white. Not to take away from Burrows, but this does, it its absence, draw some attention to the contribution of colorist Juan Manuel Rodríguez. Rodríguez’ colors complement Burrows lines, bringing Providence‘s 1919 world to life.  Continue reading

Big Providence Kickstarter Campaign Underway Today

0f3ee791b41be8963a65e24fafbbcdee_originalAvatar Press launched a Kickstarter campaign today for handsome-looking new slipcase edition of Providence, which includes Neonomicon, plus a new “Dreadful Beauty” art book featuring Jacen Burrows 100+ covers.

The Kickstarter campaign also has a dozen more variant covers for Providence #12, with previously unused art. There are options for inexpensive digital editions to very high-end editions signed by Moore and Burrows.

At the time of this posting, the campaign has already far surpassed its $8,300 goal, with more than $40,000 pledged. The high-end limited edition autographed, remarqued $599 package is already sold out, but there are still plenty of packages to choose from for the discerning Providence reader.

Providence #11 Annotations Posted

The penultimate issue of Providence came out yesterday, and it is a reference-packed tour de force taking the narrative from Black’s 1919 to the present day. Eagle-eyed readers can spot “The Dunwich Horror,” “The Horror at Red Hook,” “The Shadow Over Innsmouth,” “The Thing at the Doorstep”, Robert E. Howard, William Burroughs, Clark Ashton Smith and much, much more. There are also plenty of ties to Moore and Burrows’ The Courtyard and Neonomicon.

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Detail from Providence 11 Dreamscape variant cover – art by Jacen Burrows

The Facts Providence team has first-run-through Providence #11 annotations up. Site authors and readers will continue to review, update and add details. Look them over and let us know if there are things we got wrong or missed.

Providence Ending Preview Panels Via Jacen Burrows New Twitter

It has been a while since we last posted. Can we blame it on having fun annotating Jerusalem, Cinema Purgatorio and Crossed+100? Perhaps it is more due to a brief lapse in the publication schedule for Providence. The creators and Avatar Press are readying the final two issues, which are reportedly (similar to Watchmen) chock-full of comics, with no more of that pesky Commonplace Book back-matter. Providence 11 is due out in November. Covers have been publicized and Alan Moore has dropped a tiny hint at the content.

Today, though, we are sharing a couple of Providence preview panels via Jacen Burrows’ relatively new Twitter account @Jacen_artContinue reading

Submit “Ask the Artist” Questions Now For Providence’s Jacen Burrows

Jacen Burrows Cthulhu (detail) - drawing for Providence #1 Pantheon variant cover
Jacen Burrows Cthulhu (detail) – drawing for Providence #1 Pantheon variant cover

Providence artist Jacen Burrows has generously agreed to do an “Ask the Artist” session for readers of Facts in the Case of Alan Moore’s Providence. Submit your questions now; use the comments section below. Starting this Friday July 15, 2016, Burrows will be responding to questions.

The Facts Providence team will be collating questions, in some cases combining similar questions and passing them along to the artist. Burrows says it’s fine to ask about earlier works, but that he won’t answer questions about page rates nor will he show scripts because they are not his property.

If you’re interested in asking a question, go for it. For background, you might want to check our Jacen Burrows appreciation essay or these earlier interviews where he has spoken about Providence:

Questions are in the comments below. On or around July 15, we’ll create a new page with Burrows’ answers, and we will update this post to include a link to that new answers page. Update: the new page – with your questions and Burrows’ answers is here.