Mike Mignola on Hollywood, Jack Kirby and one strange night in Prague

Dec. 03, 2010 | 4:44 p.m.


mike mignola Mike Mignola on Hollywood, Jack Kirby and one strange night in PragueToday we proudly launch a new video archive here at the Hero Complex — we call it The Signature Series and it will take you into the workspace of writers, artists, filmmakers and other creators of the fantastic so you can hear their voice (and only their voice) as they recount the turning points in their career, their influences and insights they’ve gleaned about life and craft. There is no better first subject for this new endeavor than Mike Mignola, the creator of Hellboy and an industry figure  as much for his wry candor as for prodigious talents. We sat down with him in Redondo Beach studio to talk about Hellboy’s origins, Jack Kirby, Hollywood, “Gotham by Gaslight,” artist anxiety and one profoundly strange night in Prague.

We hope you enjoy the Signature Series and would love to hear your suggestions — whose voice do you want to hear next?

— Geoff Boucher


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17 Responses to Mike Mignola on Hollywood, Jack Kirby and one strange night in Prague

  1. Tad says:

    Great teaser! When does the full length documentary come out?

  2. Phil says:

    Darwyn Cooke
    Jeff Smith
    The Luna Brothers
    Paul Pope
    Mike Huddleston
    Nathan Fox

  3. Ellen says:

    This is fabulous!!! I LOVE it!!! :D I would love to see Tim Burton! :D Clint Eastwood? Jon Favreau! :D J.J. Abrams… Christopher Nolan, Peter Jackson! :D J.K. Rowling. :) Are actors included? That would be a huge list… :D

  4. AmbroseKalifornia says:

    That was great! Can't wait for more!

    I'd like to see Larry Hama, Jim Starlin, Frank Miller, Jim Lee, Mark Millar, Chuck Dixon, Eliot R. Brown, and or course, Smiling' Stan Lee.

  5. Ingo says:

    Excellent! I'd really like to hear from Brian K. Vaughan, Jason Aaron, Brian Wood or Bill Willingham. And if you go with Willingham why not bring Mark Buckingham along for the ride?

  6. Stephen Gordon says:

    Warren Ellis, Alan Moore, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, Carla Speed McNeil, Ben Katchor, Gary Panter, Jerry Moriarty, Mark Beyer, Gabrielle Bell, Lynda Barry, Alex Robinson, Jesse Reklaw, Garth Ennnis, Howard Cruse…

  7. Cody says:

    Eric Powell!

  8. Keith says:

    I'd love to see Jock, Alex Ross and Warren Ellis.

  9. Paul says:

    John Byrne

  10. edgar says:

    Great new series!

    Can't believe he hasn't been named yet— Matt Groening. Second on the Lynda Barry and Dan Clowes recommendations… and further on the 'Indie' path: Peter Bagge, Chris Ware, Seth, Joe Matt, Chester Brown?

    And OF COURSE: Stan Lee and Robert Crumb?

    Looking forward to whomever you feature next!

  11. Mark says:

    Fantastic piece, more please!

  12. Greg says:

    Neal Adams, Frank Miller, Marc Silvestri, and David Finch.

  13. Charles says:

    Chris Ware, Alan Moore, Alex Ross, Lisa Kirby, Eddie Campbell, Leah Moore, Garth Ennis,
    Steve Ditko, Jeff Smith, Bill Watterson just for starters.

  14. Dan says:

    This is great. How about Mark Waid and Jim Starlin?

  15. Manoj a Menon says:

    Guy Davis, Andrew Robinson, Ian mccaig, Peter de seve, Paul lasaine

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