Artist Richard John Ivankovic started a fascinating undertaking recently– he is adapting H. P. Lovecrafts famous book, the Call of Cthulhu, into a Seussian-style storybook “for beginning readers.” The sci-fi short story has captured the imaginations of many (read the Wikipedia article here to get a fuller picture of the aquatic horror) but this particular re-imagining Cthulhu using Dr. Seuss’ trademark style is a first.

The offbeat and whimsical nature of Dr. Seuss’ art is perfectly mimicked here, and rather than distracting from the story, it adds a new, more sinister layer to the dark tale of The Call of Cthulhu. There’s something very unsettling about seeing such a evil creature like the Cthulhu being depicted with the rounded, surreal, and almost bouncy artwork that we so often associate with Seuss.

Ivankovic has produced 50 illustrated pages of this adaptation on his DeviantArt account under the name DrFaustusAu, and there are other equally fascinating interpretations of pop culture characters (Batman, A-Team, etc.) using the same Seuss style. From his DeviantArt description:

So, the Call of Cthulhu (for beginning readers) made it to the promised page 50. Thanks to everyone who faved and commented and generally made me feel awesome about what I was doing.

During the production of these “first 50″(as I like to call them) I received a number of offers from folks who would like to publish it for you all, and I’m hopeful that one of these offers is going to work out. If it doesn’t work out, I’ll start looking down different avenues so that folks can eventually get their hands on the dead tree edition that so many have asked for.

I also like how he has taken the time to work out the rhyme on every line so that our minds can always find the familiar grind of Dr. Seuss’ rhythms. [Via DrFaustusAu.]

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