MIKE MIGNOLA’S STUDIO
If you ever wondered what Hellboy’s creator Mike Mignola’s studio would be like, MTV gives you the opportunity to take a peek at the artist’s creative space. I don’t know about all of you, but I love everything about these images. Everything! [ source ]
Without a doubt, Mike Mignola is a great example of success for any independent creator. This year we celebrate 20 years of Hellboy.
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can I just share something Mike Mignola said that changed my life?
In an interview, the guy asked, “how is it that you came up with a crazy idea like Hellboy, that resounded so much with fans for so long?”
His response was that it was extremely simple. He tried long and hard to come up with an idea that would be appealing but realized he didn’t like any of them. So he decided to instead compile a list of the things he loved and was interested in/fascinated with- the occult, old european legends, judeo-christian myths and lore, secret organizations, spies, pretty scenery, and so on… and, from mashing all of those together, Hellboy emerged almost by himself. And because Mignola did what it was that HE found fun to do, everyone else could read and enjoy the fun and dedicated he had when they read it too.
Reading that changed so much for me, it’s a bit of a no-brainer, sort of, but the concept really was a turning point in how I approached creative and new ideas. I hope it does the same for you, don’t forget it!!