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April 23, 2007



cool stuff Tad!!!remind me why i didn't ask you for a sketch when i saw you at Dark Delicacies?Darn!!!Yet another missed opportunity.Seriously,looks like fun fleshing out characters.

Neil Hill

Love your version of lil' HB, Tad! I also like your other characters sketches. Just reminds me how much I miss seeing your artwork.

Geoffrey Long

There's definitely some McQuarrie action going on in that Zinco fella. Very cool stuff!

Tad Stones

I thought about the McQuarrie feel too, but in a negative sense. Mike always has a sort of retro feel to his stuff. But those are just doodles, nothing serious.


Ya got a Fritz, a Gustav, a Hans, a Karl, a Lars and
a Tobias. But no Otto? Huh.


tad, i met a guy named bill recently who apparently knows you... he lives in japan now and was one of the guys who helped bring Dark Horse to life... anyway...i now work for him here in tokyo... but unfortunately i have to move back the to usa because of financial and some legal reasons... argh.
anyway, i hope that this second animated hellboy project goes well.
i watched the first, and since i've lived in japan for 3 years and have also been writing a comic centred around japanese folklore... i enjoyed it a lot. im expecting the next to be superior on many levels... but no pressure :P
i'll be a special guest at the next comic con, maybe i'll catch ya there.




diggin the designs on Frieda and Gustav..I'm curious as well...Alot of your sektches so far seem mignola esque in design. Is this how you worked when doing the cartoon? Start everything with a mignola style then break down into the cartoony style that is Hellboy Animated?

Tad Stones

Otto is in the 1944 group.

Jeremy, the comic looks cool. Hope to see you in San Diego.

hb, we let the monsters be more Mignola because Cheeks' art seems naturally friendly. I don't see a lot of Mike in my sketches other than the blank glasses, sloping shoulders and the simplicity of the doodles. These were for my benefit as screenwriter but will be passed onto the artists.

Usually we pointed to Mignola art as a basis for all our designs even though they were to be drastically reinterpreted.


Awww...there's a Lars! :)

Tad Stones

And the woman next to him was almost Sparky. I felt obliged to keep the Eurocentric thing going.

play Woman

Fun to draw. With all the management stuff you have to do to bring ideas to animated life, it's cool that you still so enjoy drawing a character.


Amen, play Woman. I think that is a special quality that Tad brings to the projects he works on.

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