Thursday, October 11, 2012

Longbox of the Damned: Howard Lovecraft & the Frozen Kingdom



Longbox of the Damned 11. ‎

25 comments:

Ozaline said...

Ah this book looks like a ton of fun, I love seeing a well done children's adaptation of another work be it Supergirl Cosmic Adventures in 8th Grade, or something like this.

The other attempts at kiddyfying Cthluhu that I've seen have either been in jest or just meant to appeal to the anime fangirl crowd (not that there's anything wrong with that), so this one comes as quite a surprise.

Also unlike Japanese I don't think there's a right way or a wrong way to say names unfit for human tongues. I go for less of a RAI sound and more for a guttural rech leigh.

I hope we see some more Lovecraft on here before the month is done.

Daniel T. Stack said...

Ok, Moarte has spent a bit too long looking into and at the Great Old Ones. Not a bad selection but I tend to think watering down Lovecraft for any audience might not be the best way to go about it. Look at the Tales of the Brothers Grimm. The point is the lesson and that includes the pains of the tales.

Then again yes I am effectively judging this one by its summery in the video. Little more than its cover.

Bryan said...

This is like Baby's First Horror Comic, but in a good way. I mean, Howard now has a pet cosmic horror, and that just teaches kids there is nothing to be afraid of when it comes to monsters, they just want to be loved like everyone else.

Pat said...

Where has this comic been all my life?

Thank you for telling me about it.

Chris Smith said...

I love the Longbox of the Damned. It feels like a throwback to Tales from the Crypt. Cheese jokes and all.

Louisiana Jones said...

This one has my favorite line out of the series yet. It looks like you're having fun with the Longbox. I hope that it is not too much of a hassle and that it returns next October.

CriticalSmite said...

Wow Lovecraft for kids...... I like it.

Anonymous said...

this looks like something my friend would enjoy
it's right up her alley (she's the sort of person who keeps Cthulhu and Slendeman plushies)

Movie-Brat said...

I got to catch up on these comics especially since I'm familiar with Lovecraft. Intriguing choice with Howard Lovecraft and the Frozen Kingdom.

The artwork reminds me of Jhnoen Vazquez to be honest, at least in the sense of Invader Zim's animation style.

Mitchell Martinez said...

I don't know about everyone else, but those sad eyes they gave Howard made me want to cry.

I've got to say, the idea of a little boy being trapped in the realm of Cthulhu sounds even more terrifying than the usual tales I've heard.

I've been wondering if I should start reading this kind of stuff myself. So far I just have the tale in issue 9 of Creepy(thank you Muerte). I'm also wondering whether I would be just entertained by the tales or if I would become one of those guys who thinks that Lovecraft was telling the truth and that these monsters do exist.

Michael Nelson said...

"A children's introduction to Lovecraft." Never have those words been arranged in that order ever before.

Taylor -Schmitty- Scheid said...

Because when I think kids, I think HP Lovecraft! ...wait.

Lizard-Man said...

I always say you need to get the kids into horror young and this is the perfect kind of story to do that. I like the art in this one too, very cartoony, almost like a Nicktoon. This one is on my list now.

Frosty said...

Yay, the creepy background music is back! ^^

Anonymous said...

H.P. Lovecraft? That racist bigot?

Arianne said...

Comic looks fantastic and would've been right up my alley when I was younger.

Anonymous said...

"H.P. Lovecraft? That racist bigot?"

Being a racist bigot was considered an essential part of every good christian's proper upbringing back in those days

God bless them

Dragons Dusk said...

Think the look of Moarte is improved with the lips fully black like that.

Like the addition of the hand on the box to help hold things. Is the hand attached to the box or just resting it's bones on it? Okay that was a sad attempt at a joke, moving on.

Liked the line about speaking 'Old One'. Very nice delivery over all.

This strangely reminds me of Harold and the Purple Crayon. Maybe it's the kid going to other worlds in his PJs.

Tetsu Deinonychus said...

@Dragons Dusk: Now that you say that, I'm thinking of Little Nemo.

Anyway, a dark humor fantasy adventure? A cartoony take on Cthulu? This sounds like my kind of comic!

Bruce Brown said...

I just had to come on here and thank Longbox of the Dammed for picking Howard Lovecraft & the Frozen Kingdom. The book was actually featured in the Chicago Tribune and Rue Morgue magazine. Even though I wrote this book to introduce children to the works of Lovecraft, I did place things in the book that children would never pick up, but adults would and they are horrific.
So, I do hope people give this unique book a try! The sequel Howard Lovecraft & the Undersea Kingdom is also out there for people to try! Right now, the third book Howard Lovecraft & the Kingdom of Madness is in production.
Thanks again to Longbox of the Dammed for sharing the word about the book!

Bruce Brown

Creator/Writer Howard Lovecraft & the Frozen Kingom.

Anonymous said...

Actually if Batmas TAS can get away with having Arkham Asylum, I think the comic can get away with that. Also from my research, I found that Howard's father was put in an insane asylum (but I can't really remember how long he was there for)

Anonymous said...

Update: I did more research and turns out that not only was his father put in the nuthouse....but he also died there. Same thing happened to Howard's mother a long time later, only this time it was for depression (I don't really know for certain it's been a while since I read Howard Lovecraft's biography). No wonder why he has a fascination with insanity

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Megan said...

Obviously those surprised by this comic have never seen the Cthulhu plushie(Google it, it's adorable and so cute and I want one so bad and...anyway..)

I am a huge fan of Lovecraft, despite some of the more...controversial aspects of his life, so this sounds like it would be right up my alley.

Yeah, some of the things in his stories do raise the eyebrows today(for example, if anyone's read the story 'Rats in the Walls', the main character has a black cat named N***er-Man..yeah..)but they are still really effective scares.

And damn it, why aren't there more decent adaptions of his work in film?

Bruce Brown said...

Just wanted to say that since Howard Lovecraft & The Frozen Kingdom, more books in the series has come out and as of yesterday, Howard Lovecraft and the Kingdom of Madness hit the shelves!