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Cthulhu Calendar

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So here it is at last, the stars are right, etc. I had the idea for a Cthulhu calendar after I finished the Cthulhoid piece in January and realised I had about eight or more different representations of everyone’s favourite dreaming alien monstrosity. In gathering them together I’ve alternated between old and new works to avoid the front of the run being all black-and-white drawings. I could have coloured the black-and-white pieces, of course, but since they were never intended to be seen that way I prefer to leave them alone. The main alteration has been the adding of side panels or borders in order to help rectangular artwork fill out a square space. As usual this calendar is available through CafePress, priced at $19.99 / £15.00 / €18.50.

Before making a purchase please note: CafePress recently added a completely unnecessary feature to their calendars whereby purchasers can choose to have the pages start in late 2012 instead of January 2013. They don’t give me any way to disable this option, hence the warning. If you want a calendar beginning in January 2013 you have to select that option yourself.

Examples of the pages follow. See the artwork at a larger size here.

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JANUARY: Title page from The Call of Cthulhu (1987).

The opening page from my comic strip adaptation of the story.

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FEBRUARY: Resurgam (2012).

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MARCH: Cthulhu Arisen from The Call of Cthulhu (1988).

Cthulhu’s appearance from the comic strip adaptation.

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APRIL: De Profundis (2012).

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MAY: Cthulhu from The Great Old Ones (1998).

This is the original drawing (done with a Biro pen) which was used in my collaboration with Alan Moore, The Great Old Ones. The version printed in The Haunter of the Dark book has been treated slightly in Photoshop so looks darker and less distinct.

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JUNE: Cthulhoid (2012).

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JULY: Violet Deep (2000).

In 2000 I was asked to put together a Lovecraft-themed calendar, a project which never came to fruition. For the cover I produced a pencil drawing which was then subjected to some Photoshop treatment. In 2003 it was used as the cover of The Book of Dark Wisdom #1, a Call of Cthulhu gaming magazine. The version here is the drawing with the overlaid layer removed and a purple colour drop added so it now looks gloomily Gigeresque. The original artwork was swapped circa 2001 with Peter Christopherson for some Coil CDs. Since he died I’ve been wondering where it is now.

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AUGUST: Keep Calm Cthulhu (2011).

The whole “Keep Calm” thing has become pretty tired so I considered dropping this. But it makes a good contrast with the more detailed works surrounding it.

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SEPTEMBER: Cthulhu Rising (2004).

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OCTOBER: Cthulhu God (2011).

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NOVEMBER: Cubist Cthulhu (2007).

A quick sketch receiving its first printing here.

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DECEMBER: S. Latitude 47°9′, W. Longitude 126°43′ (2012).

Previously on { feuilleton }
S. Latitude 47°9′, W. Longitude 126°43′
Resurgam variations
De Profundis
Cthulhoid and Artflakes
Cthulhu for sale
Cthulhu God
Cthulhu under glass
CthulhuPress
Cubist Cthulhu

 


 

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13 comments or trackbacks

  1. #1 posted by Sovay

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    Will any of the pieces be available as separate prints, as well as being included in the calendar? They’re lovely.

  2. #2 posted by John

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    Hi Sovay, and thanks. Some of them already have shops of their own for prints and things, you can find them if you scroll down this shop page:

    http://www.johncoulthart.com/oniomania.html

    I’ll be making prints of the new pieces available shortly.

  3. #3 posted by mr.kenneth

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    Spectacular, John!

  4. #4 posted by Don Webb

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    Dear John,

    Two differnet people snet me notices of this, and I’ve put it on my Yule list!! The Cubist piece rocks!

    Your fan,

    Don

  5. #5 posted by John

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    Thanks!

  6. #6 posted by Thombeau

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    Wonderful as always, Mr. Coulthart!

  7. #7 posted by John

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    Thanks. :)

  8. #8 posted by Ahab

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    These art pieces are absolutely stunning! This will be an absolute delight to Cthulhu fans.

  9. #9 posted by John

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    Hi Ahab, and many thanks.

  10. #11 posted by Nick Hydra

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    On a related note, here’s a t-shirt design a friend of mine did recently http://www.cafepress.com/erodingdesigns.702538556

  11. #12 posted by Nick Hydra

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    I just uploaded a little preview thing of the calender on youtube: Part 1: ‘Funeral Parade (I & II)’,http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZeXSrx82cNM

  12. #13 posted by John

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    That’s great, thanks. Sales have been picking up a little as the year runs out.

 


 

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