Okay, I bought two of the books but it still felt a lot like Christmas. This week I got complimentary gifts of the Dark Horse sculptures by Tony Cipriano. Both beautiful but I really think the Abe Sapien is something special. There's not much Abe stuff out there but the graceful elegance of the design by Sean and Greg is stunningly translated into 3D and the paint job is truly amazing.
I also received a copy of the Hellboy Animated digest-sized TPB which has my first professionally published comic story of young Hellboy. I also wrote an introduction to the comic. Unfortunately, I'm such a blow hard that they had to use a microscopic font to fit it onto a reasonable number of pages. It's a neat little package. Great thanks to Scott Allie and Matt Dryer for putting it together. Look for it at your comic shop at the end of January. Neat pinup by Mike Mignola included.
The two books I bought are The Dark Horse Book of Monsters and Right Hand of Doom: A Critical Study of Michael Mignola's HELLBOY. The Book of Monsters features a very funny tale of Hellboy and the death of Hercules. It is another example of how unique his imagination is. Mike's imagination, not Hellboy's or Hercules'. I've just started the second book by long time fan Benjamin Szumskyj. It's a limited run of only 333, I believe so if you're interested, order soon. No pictures but interesting stuff for the hard core fan.
But what about BLOOD AND IRON? We recorded ADR with Ron Perlman on Friday (sorry, Helen, no pictures). He had only about an eighth of an inch of hair, if that. "This is grown in," said Ron. He is playing a Viking in a live action movie which requires him to shave his head. It also requires him to perform shirtless, at night, in HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA!! Ron's comment?
"Hardest nipples ever."
Ron also said his "father" was appearing in the movie - John Hurt. Sorry I don't have the name of the flick. I'm sure we'll be updated. This week we record almost everybody else. We'll record Doug from Vancouver via a digital patch. Selma Blair will record Liz back to back with Peri Gilpin doing Kate, the strong women of Hellboy Animated.
Work on the story of Hellboy: Best One Yet continues. Really cool stuff, hope we get to do it! Okay, gotta go! -- Tad