Closing the door on Hell: artists pay tribute to Hellboy

“I’ve never taken a significant chunk of time to just do work essentially for myself,” says Mike Mignola, the prolific artist and writer behind Hellboy, who recently announced that he has decided to pause work on the series and focus on personal projects. “I’ve no idea where it’s gonna go,” he adds, “but it’s exciting. It’s what keeps me going.”

This is uncharted territory for Mike. Previously, the Eisner award-winning artist has had plenty of work lined up and demanding his attention. But it was a painting completed in his limited spare time that sparked a realisation. “I only average about one painting a year, and the last painting I did, I actually really liked,” he reveals. “So I thought, ‘Gee, if I do a bunch of paintings, maybe I’ll actually figure out what I’m doing instead of relearning every year.’”

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Dom Carter

Dom Carter is a freelance writer who specialises in art and design. Formerly a staff writer for Creative Bloq, his work has also appeared on Creative Boom and in the pages of ImagineFX, Computer Arts, 3D World, and .net. He has been a D&AD New Blood judge, and has a particular interest in picture books.