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HELLBOY at 20

We asked creator Mike Mignola five questions about Hellboy's past, birthday, and the future. What's next for Mike and his 'Boy?


MIKE MIGNOLA AT BIG WOW COMICFEST 2014

 

2014 marked a substantial milestone in the life of Hellboy and his creator, Mike Mignola. Joe Kach sat down with Mike at this year's Big WOW! ComicFest and asked the star writer/artist five questions about his past and future. They've already conquered comics, movies, and animation, so what's next for Mike and his 'Boy?

 

MightyVille: You recently celebrated Hellboy’s birthday with Hellboy Day. What was that celebration like for you, and how did that all feel?

Mike Mignola: It blew up into something much more than we expected, and there was so much more press and stuff than we expected, so it was nice. I mean, initially it was a bit of a surprise and it snuck up on us, and the fact that Hellboy turning 20 also means my daughter was turning 20, and probably the biggest shock of the whole thing was trying to wrap my brain around that. But it’s exciting, and it made me realize that I have really been left alone to do what I want for 20 years, which is such a rare thing in this business. So, it made me very appreciative.

 

HELLBOY AT 20

 

Were you expecting such a warm reception and enduring love for the character when you first created him?

Not at all. I mean, when I first created him, I really had no thought beyond doing that initial mini-series, and that was it. I mean, I was completely prepared to do it once, just so I could say once-upon-a-time I did my own book. And then I was going to go back and do another Batman book or whatever. And, in fact, when I did the first series, it sold okay, it was certainly no big success. I was planning to go back to DC Comics and do some other book, and it was actually my wife, and Dark Horse Comics also, who said, “Why don’t you go back and do Hellboy again?” And not that she’s a huge Hellboy fan – maybe she is now, I don’t know – but at the time it was just that: "If you are going to do this, do it. Stick with it. And if it sold okay and Dark Horse is willing to do it again, do it - show the audience that you are serious about what you are doing."

 

BATMAN AND HELLBOY HAVE A CHAT

 

So, along those lines, what’s coming up in the title now that’s got you excited and our readers can look forward to?

Well, the Hellboy in Hell stuff is still so much fun, and I am so excited to be creating and exploring this completely new world, which is entirely made of everything I wanted to draw. So it’s the book I've always wanted to do. In the last couple months, I realized that what was going to be a bunch of stand-alone, unrelated stories had all sort of glommed together into one big, slow-build epic that will be at least four trade paperbacks worth of material. So, I’m telling one big, giant story, that will, I think, answer all the big questions about who Hellboy is and where he is going. So, for the foreseeable future, that’s my thing – getting that big Hellboy in Hell story told. 

 

HELLBOY IN HELL

 

Changing gears just a little bit – Rocket Raccoon. Your name is heavily associated with the character obviously from your work on him back in the ‘80s. What were your thoughts about working on the title back then, and how do you think the character will be perceived now?

Well, I really have no feelings about him at all. I mean, I was just so lucky to get work, and it was the first full length comic I did. I was a guy trying to work at Marvel Comics who wasn't particularly good at super heroes, and was very lucky that there were a writer and editor who liked my work and said, “Well, let’s give him that Raccoon book we've always wanted to do.” So, it was fun, but I have no lingering feelings beyond, “Oh yeah, that was the beginning of my career.”

 

ROCKET RACCOON AND GROOT BY MIGNOLA

 

Outside of Hellboy, who are some of your favorite characters to draw?

I don’t draw anything outside of my world, I mean, not for the last many years. It was always fun to do Jack Kirby characters. I’m a big fan of Jack’s work and he is a huge influence. When I was still drawing covers for people – Marvel and DC – I would say the only way to get me to do a cover is to give me something that’s going to involve a Jack Kirby character. And eventually, even that wasn't enough to get me to work for Marvel and DC.

 

COSMIC ODYSSEY GRAPHIC NOVEL

 

Thanks for your time, Mike! We'll definitely be following Hellboy's adventures into Hell and beyond. 

 

LOBSTER JOHNSON

 

What's been your favorite chapter of the Hellboy saga so far? Let us know below.  

 

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