6/21/2005

Mike Mignola - Hellboy

Filed under: — Dallas Good @ 12:00 pm

Well. Most people know about Mike. In my humble opinion, he is one of the best designers in existance. Simply put, he is a MASTER ARTIST. His sense of composition is SUPERB. His characters are fun and unique. He is a competent storyteller.

If I had to nitpick, there are two things that I would like to see him do: Tell better stories is the first one. And the second one is as follows- His style is so refined (and well documented) that I would love to see him develop a new style (or three), just to see what he would do with them.

The following is in no way meant to denegrate Mike, but I have one last comment: For those of you who think that Mike’s aesthetic is completely original, go take a look at someone like Ludwig Holwein 1926(ish). Nothing is new, under the sun. Note: I do not know if Mike has ever seen Holwein’s work, or if it was an important influence. Ask him if you care to know. My personal opinion? Mike probably saw Holwein’s work, but I suspect that it was not a great influence on him. Why do I say this? Because Mike’s progress towards his current style was slow and painstaking. 10+ years of migration.

Mike Mignola - Hellboy (link)