Thursday, May 15, 2008
Artist Research: Mike Mignola
Born on September 16 1960 in Berkley California, Mignola is an American comic book artist and illustrator. He began hi career illustrating cover for the Comic Reader. He worked as an inker for Marvel and DC and notably working on Batman in the 1980s. He worked on indepent comics with Craig P. Russel to create Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser. He also worked as a storyboarder and designer for Francis Ford Coppola's Bram Stoker's Dracula and Blade II. He would later work on the animation Atlantis under Disney and a movie adaptation of his own comic Hellboy in 2004. Hellboy was an original series published by Dark Horse that brought Mignola into the limelight with its rich blend of horror, humor, and folklore. The success of Hellboy has led to several spin-off comics like B.P.R.D and Abe Sapien.
Alan Moore is quoted as saying Mignola's work looks like a blend of German expressionism and Jack Kirby who was in fact a major influence on Mignola. His work features characters and environments with heavily shadowed areas, bulky anatomy and a strong sense of design and composition. He works mostly with pen and ink exclusively but at times does watercolor treatments for covers. Hellboy has also been made into feature length animations.