I’ve found a new friend in SelfMadeHero. I first caught wind of them through my buddy Chad Fifer who has some stuff being published by them. And now, 2 for 2 with At the Mountains of Madness I’ve really enjoyed the stuff their publishing. You can see the other review of their books that I wrote here. I’ll admit that both of these books have been H.P. Lovecraft and there’s definitely a package style that they have developed. But their unique look works by setting their books apart with quality from other books in the industry that very similar company to company – with the exception of logos and some variation in art style, most trades and graphic novels by American companies look pretty much the same.
Besides the packaging of the book, the art is also wonderfully efficient. At times, it makes me think of a modern, more articulated Charles M. Shultz where it is deceptively simple but packs an amazing amount of emotion with minimalist lines and tones. The written adaptation aspect of the book is honest and true to the original material in that it has many of the same successes and failures – it was full of suspense and creepy but it also broke down to sometimes excessive descriptions. Somewhere in the middle of reading this book, I realized that I had as a kid read the original. It was a nice memory.
Two books into the SelfMadeHero collection, I’m considering reading just about anything they print – especially their Lovecraft adaptations. SelfMadeHero’s proven that not all books in comic book stores need to look the same and that the source material, whether it be an adaptation or just strongly influenced by something, it can be literary and creepy and not about super powers.
At the Mountains of Madness adapted by I.N.J. Culbard