A beautiful graphic novel based on HP Lovecraft’s famous novel ‘At the Mountains of Madness’.
In 1932, two years after the initial Antarctic expedition, another sets off to try to discover exactly what happened on that fateful trip.
Before it leaves, a stranger gives a notebook to the expedition director, Howard Pym, and implores him to read it before they reach their destination.
Preoccupied with the voyage ahead, Howard forgets about it, and naively sails into the dangerous waters ahead.
Adam Fyda, writer and artist says:
“Vast, empty spaces always worked on my imagination, so this is the most picturesque of his books for me. Reading this story, I saw pictures: there were huge snow-covered mountains and a small plane, lost in this space. And everything was colorful: drowned in blue reflections of the sky and violets and oranges falling from the low hanging sun. As in Nicholas Roerich’s Himalayan paintings.”
How did you approach the project?
“From the beginning I wanted the comic book to be full of colors, even if a large part of the story takes place in the underground corridors. I wanted to show this Lovecraft’s story in a different way than we usually expect – not as dark images full of terrifying monsters, but more as a story about the lost in a beautiful but alien world. The challenge was to show the era of that time, all the details – like ordinary torches or clothes used during the expeditions to Antarctica, not to mention ships or planes. So I started working on the comic book by collecting a lot of documentation and it took me some time.”
Why build on the story, instead of a simply adapting it?
“First, building on the story wasn’t my first intention. Yet reading the book and thinking about its adaptation, I had ideas in my head for other scenes as well. Such as the mysterious character observing the departure of the expeditionary ships or finding the diary, for example.
Second, I was interested in the climate of horror and the characters’ search for what are the discovered remains, what are they hiding inside? So I decided to change the whole story a little bit. I thought it might be more dramatic and mysterious to tell the tale of the second expedition, where the crew gradually discovers the terrible story of the previous expedition until they have no way back.
Thirdly, there are already 2 adaptations of this story, but they are very literal.”