Mignolaverse

All things Mike Mignola. HELLBOY, B.P.R.D., ABE SAPIEN, LOBSTER JOHNSON, WITCHFINDER, SLEDGEHAMMER '44, and more.

hellboyfansinhell:

HELLBOY IN HELL
Story and Art by Mike Mignola
Colors by Dave Stewart

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chogrin:

I wanted to share a little behind-the-scenes look of my Hellboy design (“Anung Un Rama, the beast with the heart of gold”) currently on display for the Hellboy 20th Anniversary Art Show at Hero Complex Gallery

To me, Hellboy is one of the richest treasures of Illustration & storytelling combined. (Mike) Mignola is a true master, who makes everything he draws look flawless, yet you can trace the evolution of his craft over the years. This is one of the many reasons I’ve found myself feasting on his books over & over again (good eye protein). You can always tell it is about quality. That’s something I highly admire and try to incorporate in all of my work and my life in general. 

When I started to work on my tribute I was frustrated because I wanted to draw 20 different images I had thumbnailed, but none of them satisfied me. I wanted something that combined them into one…one meaningful love letter that said it all. I kept going back to a doodle I had done 4 years back of Hellboy bearing his heart (which is heavily inspired by the cover of “Hellboy - the island #2,” which is my favorite Hellboy illustration (see first pic above)). I thought about Hellboy’s dual roles of protector & destroyer, and ultimately his sacrifice for the greater good.

What you see above is a layer by layer summary from start to finish. If you got this far, thank-you for reading!

Best,

-CHOGRIN
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The Dragon Pool

Unfortunately for The Dragon Pool I went ahead and read The Bones of Giants first. That said, this was still a worthwhile read and another great example of just how well writer Christopher Golden fits into the Mignolaverse. It was just unfortunate that Mike Mignola himself didn’t illustrate anything aside from the cover, which were big additions to BOG (Bones of Giants) as well as The Lost Army (also by Golden), and the story wasn’t as “made for me” as the Viking lore drenched BOG. So, if the following sounds just a little bias, it might be because Bones of Giants was just so damn good that I’m still hung up on it. (Which also means you should read it, or at least check out the review for it.)

Regardless, this does explore the relation between Dr. Anastasia Bransfield and Hellboy more than we’ve seen in the past, as well as the relationship between Hellboy and his “father” Professor Bruttenholm, both of which add great depth to this story and for a fan of Hellboy and the Mignolaverse, it’s just interesting to see a side of Hellboy that we really don’t get to see a whole lot of in the comic series. For my money, that might have been the best parts of the book.

Sure, the lore of the Dragon King was interesting, and the scenes where he attacks and subsequently is attacked were cool, but it strikes me as fairly straight forward. Kill the Dragon to save the people and go home; fairly standard fair for Hellboy and he might have even said something along those lines during the novel. Without the strong character moments throughout, as mentioned above, I dare say this might have bordered on dull. Golden did explore some secondary characters, which is always good, and, sure, the dragon-people were cool enough, but if it was down to action versus emotion the emotion side of this novel far outweighed the action.

Thankfully, Golden is better than that and while The Dragon Pool doesn’t quite live up to my personal attachment to Bones of Giants, it’s still, as a whole, a great piece of the Mignolaverse that any Hellboy fan really ought to pick up and read. As far as I’m concerned, you really can’t go wrong with any book that has “Christopher Golden” on the cover and this is no exception. If you’re a ratings oriented person, this would still get 4 out of 5, so check it out, maybe before you check out Bones of Giants just in case you end up loving that as much as I did just because it’ll become one hell of a seemingly insurmountable measuring stick to any other Hellboy novel you read.

hellboy20thartshow:

Rich Pellegrino’s Hellboy for the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @Hero Complex Gallery. Over 100 amazing artists will pay tribute to Mike Mignola's Hellboy Universe! We will feature artwork from the show until the show premiere tomorrow, Friday, May 2nd.
https://www.facebook.com/events/301589879989156/301590043322473
http://hellboy20thartshow.tumblr.com/
http://www.herocomplexgallery.com/

hellboy20thartshow:

Rich Pellegrino’s Hellboy for the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @Hero Complex Gallery. Over 100 amazing artists will pay tribute to Mike Mignola's Hellboy Universe! We will feature artwork from the show until the show premiere tomorrow, Friday, May 2nd.

https://www.facebook.com/events/301589879989156/301590043322473

http://hellboy20thartshow.tumblr.com/

http://www.herocomplexgallery.com/

hellboy20thartshow:

Blain Hefner’s Hellboy for the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @Hero Complex Gallery. Over 100 amazing artists will pay tribute to Mike Mignola's Hellboy Universe! We will feature artwork from the show every week until the show premiere May 2nd.
https://www.facebook.com/events/301589879989156/301590043322473
http://hellboy20thartshow.tumblr.com/
http://www.herocomplexgallery.com/

hellboy20thartshow:

Blain Hefner’s Hellboy for the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary tribute art show @Hero Complex Gallery. Over 100 amazing artists will pay tribute to Mike Mignola's Hellboy Universe! We will feature artwork from the show every week until the show premiere May 2nd.

https://www.facebook.com/events/301589879989156/301590043322473

http://hellboy20thartshow.tumblr.com/

http://www.herocomplexgallery.com/

The Dagda

Last week on Mignolaverse Folklore, we covered the Tuatha Dé Danann of ancient Irish mythology, and the character of Dagda was briefly mentioned. In the world of Hellboy, the Dagda is depicted as the last true king of the Tuatha, being the only remaining pureblooded descendant of the original Tuatha Dé Danann. However, he is betrayed by the Gruagach of Lough Leane and murdered, spelling the inevitable doom of the fairy race.

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A tragic character, indeed, but the Dagda was a powerful god in Irish mythology. As in the Mignolaverse, he was an important king of the Tuatha Dé Danann. More importantly, he was perceived as a protector of the Tuatha, also known as Eochaidh Ollathair. Interestingly, this roughly translates to All-Father, which invokes a blatant similarity to the better known Norse god, Odin. While the All-Father of the Norse was associated with two ravens who aided him, the Dagda had his own pair of animals who weren’t quite companions: two pigs, one which constantly grew and the other which was forever roasting.

While later Christian ‘editors’ sought to paint a much less impressive picture of the Dagda, he was an incredibly powerful figure to the ancient peoples of Ireland who carried a number of impressive artifacts. His cauldron was bottomless and could feed any man and he owned trees which always bore fruit. He was also responsible for orchestrating the seasons by playing his oak harp, Uaithne. His weapon was a mighty club imbued with magic. This club was capable of both killing many men with a single strike and returning life to those who had been slain.

The Dagda, which can be translated as the Good God, rules over life and death and was among the wisest of the Tuatha Dé Danann. The parallels between the source Dagda and the Hellboy character are obvious, while the tragic end his death signals in the Mignolaverse alludes to the import this figure had in Irish myth.

- Joey Caswell (@summoning_ifrit)

Tuatha Dé Danann

In this latest edition of Mignolaverse Folklore, we’re gonna get back to more of the obscure mythology included in Hellboy. Mostly towards the end of the series, groups of smaller humanoids are often seen working with Gruagach; remember the subjects of King Dagda? While their name, Tuatha Dé Danann, is mentioned in the series, there isn’t much more backstory given on them.

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Tuatha Dé Danann roughly translates to tribe or people of Danu, a goddess in ancient Irish mythology. The Tuatha are thought to be supernatural creatures, similar to fairies or elves in other cultures, who themselves may have been deities from Gaelic culture. Of course, the eventual Christianization of Ireland saw their rich histories and mythologies being recorded through the cultural lens of Christian monks. As typical for pagan societies who eventually became Christian, their mythologies were often distorted in these recordings making a wholly accurate description more difficult.

As such, the Tuatha Dé Danann have also been described as monarchs and great heroes of ancient Ireland who were blessed with supernatural abilities. Despite the later Christian modifications to these stories, it is acknowledged that the Tuatha were worshipped as gods by the ancient peoples of Ireland.

In Irish mythological history from the Medieval period (e.g., following Christianization), Nemed was the leader of an earlier wave of settlers in Ireland, from whom the Tuatha Dé Danann were thought to have descended. Most of the earlier legends state that the Tuatha came to the island in dark clouds that darkened the sun for three days and nights. Later versions suggest that the “dark clouds” may have been a result of the settlers burning the ships in which they arrived in order to dissuade anyone from returning to their homeland.

In the Hellboy series, Gruagach (before he takes the form of Grom), Dagda, and all the others with them are said to be the Tuatha Dé Danann. Irish mythology is incredibly rich and wonderfully fascinating. While most people are familiar with ancient beliefs of cultures like the Greeks and the Norse, mythologies from the British Isles tend to be neglected by a wider audience. Take a peak, there is brilliant stuff to be found!

Next time, I’ll be talking about Dagda himself, who is also a figure in Irish mythology!

- Joey Caswell (@summoning_ifrit)

PREVIEW: BPRD HELL ON EARTH #118 (RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE COVER)

With the Russian bureau director on the brink of death, the B.P.R.D. somehow manages to stand their ground against Zinco’s forces, while Liz Sherman and the Black Flame fight fire against fire in the skies of New York, Akira style.

* Art by James Harren (Conan the Barbarian).

* From the pages of Hellboy!

* 4 of 5 special variant covers celebrating 20 years of Hellboy!

CREATORS

Writer: Mike Mignola, John Arcudi
Artist: James Harren
Colorist: Dave Stewart
Cover Artist: Rafael Albuquerque
Genre: Horror, Action/Adventure
Publication Date: April 16, 2014
Format: FC, 32 pages; Ongoing
Price: $3.50
UPC: 7 61568 19501 9 11811

Hand of Glory

For this installment of Mignolaverse folklore, we’re going a bit more occult than mythology. There are a couple of Hellboy stories, including Box Full of Evil, in which a strange object, referred to as a Hand of Glory, is used to temporarily paralyze people and unlock doorways. This object also appears in a number of literary works including some other personal favorite comic book series such as Grant Morrison’s The Invisibles, and Cullen Bunn’s The Sixth Gun. However, the portrayal of the Hand of Glory in the Mignolaverse is much more consistent with the folklore surrounding it.

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So what exactly is a Hand of Glory? There are actual manuals that have been written on the proper preparation of your very own Hand, but here is the object in a brief summary according to European folk traditions:

1. Cut off the hand of a man who has been hanged – the left hand is preferred unless the man was hanged for murder, in which case use whichever hand carried out the crime!

2. Pickle that badboy! Dry it

3. Make some candles with the fat of the same man, using the hand as a candlestick (placing the candles at the finger tips)

4. Light ‘em up and you’ve got your very own Hand of Glory!

There are, of course, a number of varying traditions regarding this process and its subsequent uses. Most of the traditions suggest a Hand of Glory can be used to incapacitate people, provide light for only the holder, or open locked doors.

You can actually find real Hands of Glory in museums, although they are presumably non-functional!

- Joey Caswell (@summoning_ifrit)

Something in the works to bring you even more coverage of the Mignolaverse! @artofmmignola #ComingSoon 

Something in the works to bring you even more coverage of the Mignolaverse! @artofmmignola #ComingSoon