I used to arch a skeptical eyebrow when I heard stories of true love blossoming on the Internet. But not anymore. In the years since I started hanging out on various Hellboy fan forums, I've made some very close friends. Some have stayed at my house or had us to dinner at theirs. Many are artists and writers in their own right and have pushed me to try harder by their example.
One person who consistently amazes is Jenny Sparks. No, not the one from The Authority but the creative genius from the San Francisco Bay area. Her work has been featured here before (search for it yourself, the review will do you good). I've worn a couple of her creations on video interviews and con panels. But I have to say that the ROMOD outdoes them all. For a further taste of her wacky view of just about everything, visit phobe.com . If Jenny and her husband, Lars, ever finish their video game, THEY CAME FROM HOLLYWOOD, we can buy lots and make them deservedly rich because wild imaginations should be rewarded. Thank you, Jenny!
Fans of Mike Mignola's creations span many decades, some are in their fifties, some aren't even out of grade school. Maybe it's the folklore element of Mike's work or his minimalist style, but something about it draws some pretty intelligent people to it. Count yourself as part of that crowd.
Especially if you send gifts.
Meanwhile work on Blood and Iron has slowed over the holidays. It'll pick up again this week. I recorded an additional interview for the DVD. Mike will also tape another segment next week. We'll record a commentary along with Vic Cook as soon as the final mix is done. Meanwhile, if you live in the United States, you've got another chance to see Sword of Storms this coming Saturday, Dec. 30. Write yourself a note and check your local listings.
The first issue of Hellboy Animated will be in comic stores soon which sorta begins a year packed with Hellboy goodness. Another animated movie, the production start of Hellboy 2, a major Hellboy mini-series, Darkness Calls by Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo, special tales of the BPRD, and... hey, check it out yourself at Dark Horse Comics.
I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday. And now, if you'll excuse me, I gotta throw a tentacle or two on the barbee. Now where'd I put the paprika? -- Tad