22 March 2019|Updated 27 Mar 19
A quarter-century of Hellboy. It’s a big deal on Twitter — where I mostly keep abreast, such as I do — and elsewhere. Duncan Fegredo, the cheerful Brit who’s done as much to set the canonical look and manner of the character as Mignola himself has, probably, is having a very good time in tweets this week.
Above, a slice of sketchbook page from about a year ago (post-NY, at any rate) that I feel fairly good about — HB of course (looking in want of a good meal and a smoke), and something towards a Wonder Woman. Neither one an entirely satisfactory drawing by any means, but both of them with touches that strike me as right, and that I expect I’d try to develop further if I were an artist returning to the characters regularly.
Not drawing often, yet wishing to and looking to comics (and to working cartoonists of all kinds, an increasingly wonderful variety) to sustain the idea that I might yet: it’s an old refrain on this blog. There is a kind of progress on this front over the years, and it continues to warrant talking about. Lately I’m moving most of that conversation behind a virtual screen, restricted to a few friends with login access here. But this, for ‘Hellboy Day,’ a little exception.
UPDATE : Appending a selection from the flood of celebratory & tribute items on Twitter.
Hellboy is a big deal for me. And Mike Mignola’s art is a really big deal so I thought I’d draw something this week to celebrate #HellboyDay What feels like a thousand years later, here’s The Knight of the Living Dead. pic.twitter.com/IGvtYN52LY
— WJC (@WarwickJC) March 24, 2019
— Dark Horse Comics (@DarkHorseComics) March 23, 2019
— Vlad Legostaev (@vladlegostaev) March 22, 2019
Happy Anniversary Mike Mignola! Congratulations on 25 amazing years. Thanks for letting me contribute in a very small way to this universe youve created. @darkhorsecomics #HellboyDay #Hellboy25 #mikemignola pic.twitter.com/qDyyO72Kpz
— Ben Stenbeck (@BenStenbeck) March 23, 2019
— Chris Shehan_Art (@zhourules) March 23, 2019
— Alex Maleev (@alexmaleev) March 20, 2019
— Cian Tormey (@CianTormey) March 24, 2019
— Sarcastic Trashcan (@EmoGurl20071) March 23, 2019
I love that he got to spend a few tender moments with Alice Monaghan in his last months on earth (thanks to @artofmmignola w/ @duncanfegredo) before getting his heart ripped out by another woman #lifeiscruel pic.twitter.com/RYhKR9JKgz
— Till 33549 (@tillfelix) March 23, 2019
— 13th Dimension (@13th_Dimension) March 23, 2019
— jasonshawn alexander (@jasonshawnalex) March 23, 2019
Happy Hellboy Day Big Red！
Here are my Hellboy collections from those great artists.
First line: @artofmmignola, @duncanfegredo, @patric_reynolds, @usagiguy
Second line: David Finch, @duss005, Ryan Sook, @naototsushima @DarkHorseComics #Hellboy #HellboyDay #Hellboy25 pic.twitter.com/IBFR65A9JQ
— jojo (@liangx27) March 23, 2019
As we gear up for #HellboyDay on Saturday and celebrate #Hellboy25, we have to shout out @donttrythis for his obviously excellent Hellboy cosplay (video from 2016): Adam Savage Goes Incognito to Comic Con as #Hellboy https://t.co/6UIYG34GiI
— Dark Horse Comics (@DarkHorseComics) March 20, 2019
— HellboyNews (@hellboy_news) March 23, 2019
Happy HeLLBoY Day a few days late. Sorry to be late to the party but I wanted to give a shout out to an amazing artist and character created by @artofmm I thought I didn’t have anything fresh to contribute Just found this scratchboard study I did a few years back. Rockon Mike pic.twitter.com/Wk3A7fbIPZ
— Thomas Fluharty (@thomasfluharty) March 27, 2019
And one from the local comics shop where I’m situated these days (and where I too stopped in and got a free print):
— Four Color Fantasies (@fcfcomics) March 23, 2019