Mike signs at the DarkHorse booth on Friday at 11:00am
And Tyler Crook and James Harren signing on Sat. at 7pm
The Mignola booth location is S9
there is also be original art to purchase.
Anyone else going to be there tomorrow?
Oh Nooosss. a little bumbed I will miss this
"Hell is my playground."
- Mike Mignola
OK, first up, I have to say Mike Mignola is very excited about Hellboy in Hell. Unfortunately, a panel is not the best way to show this off. The best way is to find him in Artist Alley. I did, and was treated to a look at the first two issues, unlettered and in black and white. It was a truly spectacular thing to behold. I can't talk about what i saw because, you know, extreme spoilers. But it was incredible.
All I will say is you get to see puppets and a baby Hellboy.
So, news from the panel. First, in case it wasn't obvious, no movie stuff, no animated stuff, no crossovers. None of that is happening.
Now, onto the good stuff!
- Sebastian Fiumara, as we know, is drawing a Lobster Johnson story. We now know it's two issues long.
- Sebastian and Max Fiumara (brothers) will be playing a big role in the future of the Hellboy Universe. Expect an announcement about this in the future. But it's clear Mike Mignola wants to work with these artists longterm.
- Speaking of brother artists, Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon are busy working on BPRD: Vampires. I'm not sure I heard this correctly, but I believe the story is set in 1948.
- Another upcoming BPRD story is BPRD Hell on Earth: Wasteland by Mike Mignola and John Arcudi with art by English artist Laurence Campbell and covers by Dave Johnson.
- Alex Proyas, the director of the Joe Golem film is also writing it.
- The Baltimore stories by Christopher Golden are currently planned out until the end of 2014. They have a very clear direction for this one.
- In terms of questions from the audience, many were familiar. Although there was one that interested Mike Mignola a great deal. Will Lobster Johnson meetup with Hellboy in Hell? To which Mike Mignola replied, "I hadn't thought of that." Then got really excited about it. It was great to see.
Outside of the Panel, I spoke to Mike Mignola and he talked about something I found very interesting. Remember back in 2011 at San Diego ComicCon when Mike Mignola and Scott Allie were talking about a new writer, someone new to comics? Well, I do. I've been wondering about it for a long time. And after today, I now know what it's all about...
There's a novelist Mike Mignola likes that Mike thought would be perfect for Witchfinder, but he never thought he'd get him, so he made a list of three other authors that were similar and gave that to Scott Allie as potential writers for future Witchfinder stories. Scott however decided to see if he could actually get the novelist Mike thought he'd never get... and he got him.
Mike is still sceptical. He says he'll believe it when he sees out, but if this happens, the plan is to have this writer do multiple Witchfinder stories. The author may co-write with a playwright (Mike gave no names). Mike did say he would pitch his Jack the Ripper story to this author, and if the author was interested, it may finally get written.
So that's it! My free internet session is about to expire!
Thanks for the update, Middenway. I've been looking at photos taken at NYCC and admiring the cosplayers, but found nothing about Hellboy in Hell.
I'm the voice inside your head that you refuse to hear
I'm the face that you have to face, mirrored in your stare
~Foo Fighters - The Pretender
That possibility of Hellboy meeting with Lobster Johnson it's actually very well thought!
I'm jealous you got to see the first two issues!
Thanks, I wasn't able to get to the panel, though I spoke to Mike at Artist's Alley. I told him how much I appreciate the quality of the book through 18 years and how they seem to attracted so many good artists. He said he had to thank how badly Marvel and DC treat artists for that
I did mention that I thought the absence of any the paranormal members of BPRD was impacting the books a bit. He acknowledged that, and said they will bring back Liz and Abe at some point soon. Though BPRD is more Scott then him, and Scott really liked the normals in the Bureau.
Great panel report! Thanks Middenway
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