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I dedicate this blog to comics in all forms, manga, autobio, superhero, art books, etc.  And of course, since I need a challenge, I've decided that I'll read and write (short) reviews for 365 comics during 2015.

Dream Walking

The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath - H.P. Lovecraft, I.N.J. Culbard

This is a graphic novel interpretation of the H.P. Lovecraft novella by the same name, "The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath."  The story follows a man who became enchanted, or more like obsessed, with a city he glimpsed in a dream.  

 

Determined to find the city he 'prays to the gods of dream' that he may find what he seeks and thus embarks on a journey throughout the Dreamlands (a realm accessed through dreams and inhabited by many strange peoples and creatures).  He encounters many pitfalls and dangers on the path, even meeting a former friend from the waking world who now lives solely in the Dreamlands.

 

Since it closely follows the novella in the story it's more important to mention the art.  The use of shadows and empty dark panels alongside vibrant colors gave the work a dreamlike quality and went very well with the subject of the story.  

I enjoyed Culbard's depictions of the various denizens of the Dreamworld and the scenery was both beautiful and lush, but also menacing, just how I would picture it.

 

For fans of HPL this is worth a look, after all the story moves quickly, it's the art that will stop one flipping the pages.