The Comics Fondle Podcast | Providence Special

D08B61D5-84FE-4A7A-9B0D-EE1DFD74DC9E-2273-000002740AA95BADAlan Moore and Jacen Burrows’ horror masterpiece Providence has just begun its final act, so what better time to take an in-depth look back at the journey so far with a Comics Fondle Podcast one-shot?

Guest co-host (and occasional Comics Fondle contributor) Matthew Hurwitz of Danger Burger joins to chat for over two hours about Robert Black’s oblivious odyssey through the New England of H.P. Lovecraft. Join us as we take into account the many weird tales interwoven through Moore’s sprawling homage: The Call of Cthulu, The Dunwich HorrorThe Shadow Over Innsmouth, Herbert West: Re-Animator, From Beyond, Pickman’s ModelThe Haunter of the Dark, et all, plus the epic’s origins in Moore & Burrows’ previous Lovecraft comics from Avatar Press, The Courtyard and Neonomicon.

We also consider the stature Providence could occupy in the context of Moore’s seminal career and speculate as to how he might surprise his readers with the series’ conclusion.

Much trivia mentioned in this recording would not have been ascertained without the starry wisdom of Facts in the Case of Alan Moore’s Providence, whose meticulous research makes the Stella Sapiente’s archival work look like Robert Black’s dream journal.

Cthulhu fhtagn!

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  1. I had a fun time listening to your Providence special. As one of the co-authors of the website, I am glad we were able to shed some light on things. Thanks for the shout-out. If you want, at some point, either my co-author Robert or I might be able to appear as a guest host and talk about our Providence. Robert is a Lovecraft expert; I am more a Moore fan and comics fan.

    1. Thanks for listening, Joe! Your site is an awesome resource (though having it up in the background while recording just meant I was going through the site 🙂

      And thank you for the kind guest offer. I think we may have to take you up on that!

      1. I could sort of hear you going through it… I liked the point where you realized that the panel borders vary between slightly-rough and ruler-straight. I remember when I spotted this in Neonomicon… it’s very subtle, but nonetheless a cool Moore/Burrows trick – and a vocabulary intrinsic to comics themselves.

  2. Excellent analysis of this masterwork, with perceptive predictions as to the denouement. As you rightly say, the layer upon layer density of the series made this an exceptionally satisfying read, especially if you’ve read the Lovecraft oeuvre and at least some of the scholarly work by the likes of Joshi (it would be interesting to know whether Moore discussed appropriation of his image with him).

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