I’m working on the next batch of commissions and the first ones will probably see light tomorrow.
That said, I wanna talk about about Hellboy.
I remember when if I first got serious about art and comics, a lot of people compared my early work to Mike Mignola’s. It never bothered me, it was totally true. Whatever he was doing in Hellboy, I wanted to do it. It creeped into every aspect of my creative output. My drawings, my stories, even as a DM my games took in its influence.
Just recently I got to finally read Hellboy in Hell and I haven’t been able to shake just how sad I feel about it all. It’s not a sour, oppressive sadness. It’s a peaceful kind of sadness. Almost soothing. It also comes with so much satisfaction. This was such a perfect ending for him. I can’t remember such a perfect ending in recent years other than Twin Peaks.
And that’s what makes Hellboy so good. So much better and more heroic than any superhero will ever even dare to try to convince me. He had an ending. He didn’t answer to a big crossover event marketing ploy, or a political agenda, or even his own fucking destiny as the Beast of the Apocalypse decided by the Powers that Be. He became his own man. He decided it’s his goddamn life, and he’d do whatever he wanted with it. As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to appreciate that assertion of individuality. To do the right thing will often put you out of favor with others. To decide to be true to yourself and strive to be better will isolate you. Hellboy’s essential message to me is “Even then, do it anyway.”
My parents, friends, people I knew always used to tell me to accept myself for who I am. Hellboy had a different message to me. He said “No. You can be so much better than that. It will be hard, you’ll fail a thousand times and people might hate you for it, but you owe it to yourself to be the best person you can be.”
Dark Horse Comics will collect the Hellboy comics in a series of Ominbus releases throughout 2018. The covers were created by Hellboy creator/artist Mike Mignola in collaboration with his longtime colorist, Dave Stewart.
The release schedule is as follows: Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 1: Seed of Destruction on May 9, 2018; Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories Vol. 1 on June 13; Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 2: Strange Places on June 20; Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 3: The Wild Hunt on July 18; Hellboy: The Complete Short Stories Vol. 2 on August 15; and Hellboy Omnibus Vol. 4: Hellboy in Hell on September 5.
The Omnibus and Complete Short Stories books will bring together the complete saga of Mignola’s signature creation in chronological order for the first time, from his 1994 debut through to the recent Hellboy in Hell series. In addition to Mignola, the series will include artwork by Duncan Fegredo, as well as color art from Mignola’s longtime collaborator Dave Stewart.
…really digging the mood/composition of this panel from the last page of ‘Hellboy in Hell - The Hounds of Pluto Part Two’ (Story/Art by Mike Mignola, Colors by Dave Stewart - Dark Horse Comics, Inc. September 2015)