Friday, April 26, 2013
Dork Art: Mike Mignola's Midnight Circus
Just popping in with some cool news revealed at C2E2. In the current continuum Hellboy might be stumbling around Hell, but that doesn't mean we can't get another amazing Original Graphic Novel during the downtime between issues. After illustrating the epic trilogy that sent HB into the abyss (Darkness Calls, The Wild Hunt, and The Storm & The Fury), Duncan Fegredo returns to the Mignolaverse with a flashback tale depicting kid Hellboy's flight from his Military Base homestead to the freedom of the circus. A perfectly cliche American notion for young Hellboy to explore.
Comic Book Resources has a quick interview with Mignola in which he claims inspiration from both Ray Bradbury & Pinocchio. As well as cramming in "almost everything I find hideous and disturbing about circuses." The young Hellboy shorts hold a special kinda sway over HB fanatics. Stories like "Pancakes," the more recent 1948, and even Eric Powell's weird tale "Midnight Cowboy" are adorably bittersweet comics and the idea of a longer book focusing on the transition from boy to man is incredibly appealing. But I better be getting some Mac the Dog too.