The Cats of Ulthar, Page 2

The Cats of Ulthar, Page 2

This is the second page of my drawn-in-four-days adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s The Cats of Ulthar (created for the Couscous Collective “Kitties” anthology)!

For this adaptation, I had to retroactively recreate my image of Ulthar from the “Dream-Quest” graphic novel, which I drew over 10 years earlier. Unfortunately, I’d lost track of most of the books and sources I used for references that time. Fortunately, the buildings were basically modeled on late-Medieval Germanic, Dutch & British townhouses, so there wasn’t anything too specific or complicated, and I mostly started from scratch with a Dutch Late Medieval theme (with a bit of Roman thrown in, though it’s hard to notice). This story took place 200 years before “Dream-Quest,” so if time means anything in the Dreamlands, perhaps the buildings have changed a bit.

With regard to the mysterious old couple, I wondered why “much as the owners of cats hated these odd folk, they feared them more…”

NEXT UPDATE: Thursday!

Discussion (2)¬

  1. Esn says:

    Hm, those two do look a bit ghoulish.

    This “working faster” thing is interesting, it reminds me a bit of your early pages from “Dream-Quest”, except with better technique.

    I still have no idea who the narrator is. In the first page, I kept thinking “where’s the fire?” – I thought I’d missed something, it took me a while to realize that we never actually anything from the POV of whoever’s telling the story. Will this mystery by resolved?

  2. @Esn – This comic, and the “Beast in the Cave” adaptation I did in “Beards,” were both drawn in sort of a rush — not quite 24-hour comics, but I drew them smaller and faster than usual. It’s not a permanent style change, more like a time trial challenge.