Actually, it depends on your definition of just what is the topic of this blog. This isn't about the production of the animated movies, it's about one of their spinoffs. Check out the story over at Dark Horse Comics and you'll find there will be a couple of Hellboy comics. What you see here is a mock up of the first of the digest comics. These will be about 80 pages long but about 5 x 7 inches. I wrote a back up story in the first one based on a concept of Mike's re: young Hellboy's fascination with THE LOBSTER! Even though it's a 12 page story there's only four or less panels per page so story-wise it's more like a six or eight pager. What's been talked is that one of these digests will be released around the time of each DVD.
In addition, there will be 32 page comics inserted in the DVDs themselves! The first has another fantastic cover by Jeff Matsuda which currently is my computer wallpaper. These are completely separate stories from the DVD movies or the digest stories... unless that changes. But for now, they are unconnected. Each of these will contain a pinup by Mike Mignola.
So I can now answer the question, "How can I break into comics?" The obvious answer is to have a 30 year animation career, take on a project with a top comic creator, do a good job so he wants to work with you more, and have no respect for your spare time.
The hardest thing to get used to is the digest format. The originals are smaller than a piece of typing paper so there's a limit to how much detail you can include and how small you can draw. I start thumbnailing the way I want it then quickly find that I have to increase the size of the characters. It's a new kind of storytelling so I'm excited... and so far on schedule.
CRASH! The building next door is being torn down. It used to be used to test jet engines so there's lots of concrete involved and it's not going down easily. Wrecking ball, bulldozers, guys with torches, all cool stuff and I forgot my camera. Sometimes the wrecking ball is so strong that if feels like it's hitting this building.
Meanwhile, the pencil footage has come in and I'll be diving into it in about an hour. -- Tad