Thursday, October 22, 2009


Ed here: Very interesting piece in the LA Times Hero Complex on artist Adam Byrne:

Hero Complex

Very interesting piece in the LA Times Hero Complex on artist Adam Byrne:

Adam Byrne conjures up the dark magic of 'H.P. Lovecraft' [UPDATED]
October 22, 2009 | 6:01 am

This is the second installment of our new series Artist at Work, where we put the spotlight on a single artist and have a conversation about craft, inspiration and process. Last time it was Dean Haspiel, an established star of the New York scene, but for this edition the focus is on a building success story here in Southern California: Adam Byrne, whose vivid work on "The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft" has caught the eye of a lot of industry observers (myself included) as well as the attention of Ron Howard and Imagine Entertainment, who are now developing the property as a film.

H.P. Lovecraft began skittering around the edges of Adam Byrne's imagination at the start of this decade, which is why he jokingly calls "The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft" his "10-year overnight success."

It was in 2000 that Byrne crossed paths with Mac Carter and Jeff Blitz, a pair whom he viewed as "the best-kept secrets in Hollywood" (and he may have been right considering Blitz later got an Oscar nomination for the documentary "Spellbound"). Carter and Blitz hatched an idea that intrigued Bryne as an artist: A supernatural tale that would use the cosmically creepy author Lovecraft (who died 72 years ago) not just as an influence, but as the main character.

"I knew immediately this was the project worth dedicating myself to ... as time wore on, I stubbornly refused to let go of Lovecraft," Byrne said. "It took on many unfinished forms; The animated short, a video game pitch and my own pass at the miniseries until we realized the workload was too much for a struggling artist with a mortgage."

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Fred Blosser said...

Ron Howard seems to be a nice guy from all reports, but neither the track record of WILLOW and GRINCH nor the comic book cover of HPL with sword and pistol gives me much hope that this will be much of a film.

I wish I'd had a video camera when my wife (not a Lovecraft fan) went with me to the NecronomiCon a few years ago. Now that's entertainment!

Evan Lewis said...

What H.P. needs is a tough guy sidekick - Two-Gun Bob Howard.

Peter L. Winkler said...

Richard Lupoff wrote a novel years ago where H.P.L. was the protagonist.

Iren said...

HPL shows up in the excellent Chinatown Death Cloud Peril by Paul Malmont a couple of years back.