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"I've gotten a reputation for incorporating Lovecraft stuff into my work, but I've never sat down and done a straightforward tribute to him. That's what this Whittier story is." - After admirable efforts by Duncan Fedredo and Richard Corben, and spin-off work by Guy Davis, Mike Mignola returns to drawing Hellboy.
posted by Artw (34 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
...and thus, the one thing that would get me to start buying floppies again has actually happened. Damn.
posted by COBRA! at 1:14 PM on October 19, 2010


In other occult Nazi news, apparently The Keep is not available on DVD! Shame! Shame!

(I demand that the DVD box be built to keep something IN.)
posted by Artw at 1:16 PM on October 19, 2010 [3 favorites]


YAYYYYY
posted by Greg Nog at 1:16 PM on October 19, 2010


That's good. I really like Guy Davis' art, but I really want to see Mignola's hands on the story as we're coming up toward a big finale soon.
posted by yeloson at 1:20 PM on October 19, 2010


Wow, USA Today?

I saw Mignola once at a bookstore, just absolutely whipping out Hellboy drawings with a sharpie and I've always been impressed at his ability to make such great, complex work with such stupid, common tools (though my hunch is that he uses a lot more when doing real, finished work).
posted by klangklangston at 1:27 PM on October 19, 2010


(I demand that the DVD box be built to keep something IN.)

This man is way ahead of you...
posted by permafrost at 1:30 PM on October 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Mein Gott!
posted by Artw at 1:33 PM on October 19, 2010


Mike is one of the main draws at Dragon*Con for me. He is typically in multiple panels and his table in the artist's room is always so refreshingly plain and assuming (nothing but a stack of sketchbooks and tote bags, which are usually rung-up by his daughter in-between her excited bursts of, "look at that costume!"), and (sadly) free of long lines for someone who is so influential in the realm of comics, horror, and creator-owned works.

I'm not usually one to be star-struck, but damned if I can think of anything intelligible to say to him other than "hurr, durr, you draw neat monsters."
posted by Wossname at 1:35 PM on October 19, 2010 [1 favorite]




Is Hellboy 3 really unlikely? The second one did pretty well. (Although OK, I'd much rather see Mountains of Madness make it to the screen than any other of Del Toro's 4763 other projects.)
posted by permafrost at 1:41 PM on October 19, 2010


Heeeeeooooo boy, this is great news. Mike Mignola is fantastic.
posted by Pope Guilty at 1:47 PM on October 19, 2010


I'm not usually one to be star-struck, but damned if I can think of anything intelligible to say to him other than "hurr, durr, you draw neat monsters."

Hmm, what would I say "My god! The black! The panel placement! The detail! The awesome little non sequitor panels! Burble burble burble..."

It's such a quality product, from Mignolas art to the oft overlooked coloring by Dave Stewart, which really makes it pop, and the lettering, which always has such great character to it.
posted by Artw at 1:48 PM on October 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


I just read this installment, looks like fun stuff. I missed Hellboy in its first go-round, it is always been one of those things that has been around and know I'll like it if I take the damn time to read it. That seems true of a lot of comics from the last ten years or so. Nothing against the comics, just a comment on my laziness. Maybe this will get me off my re-reading the-same-old-stuff-ass.

I've got a drawing by Mignola I purchased from him at a convention about 20+ years ago, it is rather strange, it's a picture of a giant chipmunk eating a medieval knight. I need to dig that baby up...
posted by marxchivist at 1:57 PM on October 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


oh, you're in for a treat: The best thing about discovering Hellboy is that there's a lot of it out there, it's all in trades, it's all good (though the early stuff with Byrne is a tad overwordy) and it's numbered so you can just pick them up and plough through them.

BPRD is a little tougher to get into - it doesn't really get into it's stride until Davis is aboard, but damn is it good.
posted by Artw at 2:03 PM on October 19, 2010


I just listened to the actors' commentary track from Hellboy 2. It's sort of nice how much the performers loved being in Hellboy, and love the character, and enjoy the universe, and respect it. The actors themselves seem to come out with something new after each viewing.

I don't really want to think about another Hellboy movie until they get around to making the Screw On Head animated series. I obsessively rewatch the one they already made.
posted by Astro Zombie at 2:07 PM on October 19, 2010 [3 favorites]


The Amazing Screw-On Head was a great concept and I have no idea why they didn't do more with it. I mean, David Hyde Pierce!
posted by Pope Guilty at 2:08 PM on October 19, 2010 [2 favorites]


Before I finished reading this FPP, I knew it had been posted by Artw. :)
posted by brundlefly at 2:10 PM on October 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


Fuck yeah.

Also, Wossname? As someone who's sat behind a table at a con, I can tell you that even "hurr durr you draw neat monsters" is a good thing to hear, especially if it's rendered a little inarticulate by obvious enthusiasm for the work!
posted by egypturnash at 2:27 PM on October 19, 2010


HOORAAAY! I had been wondering what he was up to these days if not drawing. I think Fegredo and Davis have done great jobs, though. Guy Davis can draw the heck out of a monster. And Corben's stuff just blew me away. I knew his style, but it was so surprising how beautifully it fit in to the Hellboy universe, and how much it helped to intensify the spookiness of the stories. Plus it introduced Corben to a younger audience, which is great. Mignola's one of the best illustrators out there today, though, and it'll be nice to have more of his work to burble over when I recommend the series to people. It's good to hear that he still enjoys it, too.
posted by Fui Non Sum at 3:02 PM on October 19, 2010


H.P. Lovecraft and the Horror of Comics
posted by Artw at 3:15 PM on October 19, 2010


Talking of Guy Davis: Making of a Cover...BPRD: Hell on Earth--Gods #1
posted by Artw at 3:20 PM on October 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


BPRD is a little tougher to get into - it doesn't really get into it's stride until Davis is aboard, but damn is it good

Yeah, I really enjoy BPRD more than Hellboy itself. I love the interplay of the team, everyone stressing the hell out, and the fact that, despite the weirdness, everyone is very human about their responses.
posted by yeloson at 3:36 PM on October 19, 2010


Is there a way to read this that is not in a little box on usatoday.com?
posted by thylacine at 4:45 PM on October 19, 2010


Dude, I totally missed the memo on Corben. That shit's great. Last time I know for sure I was looking at his stuff was his back-in-the-day HM airbrush stuff, "Den," I think. Thanks as usual.
posted by mwhybark at 4:59 PM on October 19, 2010


Fabuloso! Seconding the love for the Richard Corben episodes. Much as I love the Mignola Corben books, the Corben Mignola ones have this off-the-wallness that's as delightful as it is scary.
posted by sneebler at 7:10 PM on October 19, 2010


Can't really get into Guy Davis, but all the other artists have been great. I especially enjoyed Corben's tales of Hellboy in Africa.
posted by benzenedream at 10:51 PM on October 19, 2010


No one can draw a tentacle like Mignola. This is excellent news.
posted by JHarris at 10:55 PM on October 19, 2010


The Amazing Screw-on Head pilot was so good. I can't believe they didn't go for a whole series. It was a brilliant mix of Hellboy-style mythology and hilariousness.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 3:07 AM on October 20, 2010


Mignola is a really down-to-earth guy who was very tolerant of my fanboy moment at DragonCon. I briefly asked him a few questions about Screw-on Head, of which he said he hadn't watched the video (!) but attended Paul Giamatti's recording session.

I also love B.P.R.D. but I'm not fond of Guy Davis' art. I much prefer Mignola's more economical line work.
posted by Fleebnork at 7:26 AM on October 20, 2010


Also: Poppycock!
posted by Fleebnork at 7:27 AM on October 20, 2010


I'm not really a comics guy, but from the outside, it seems like there's Mignola, and there's everyone else, in terms of art. There's really something special in his work. I'm very, very glad he's back. Hellboy is something all its own when he draws it.

It carries over too, though. He did a Batman that was just as compelling.
posted by Trochanter at 4:07 PM on October 20, 2010


I just love the chunkiness of it.
posted by Trochanter at 4:11 PM on October 20, 2010


Jill Thompson on Beasts of Burden/Hellboy
posted by Artw at 4:42 PM on October 25, 2010




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