by Mike Romeo
Mike Mignola is one of the most iconic artists working in comics today. So much of what he’s done has rippled through the industry, influencing the way countless artists approach their craft. Not only in terms of his idiosyncratic approach to cartooning, but also in how his comics are released. He became synonymous with the series of mini-series, many people referring to it as ‘the Mignola model’ of publishing. His measured approach to storytelling was seen as a successful way for others to tell their own stories. Creators like David Peterson have credited Mignola with providing a template for independent comics publishing.
But publishing practices won’t get you an Artist August spotlight. For that, we look to Mignola’s output. He has, of course, been working in his Hellboy universe for twenty years now. But he’s also worked for Marvel and DC, provided concept art for movies and television, and turned out countless covers for other peoples’ comics.
(and also a preview page of Abe Sapien #16 and lots of theorizing about Abe as a person)