Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Your Wednesday Sequence 41
This week on my Robot 6 column, I finally got around to someone who I always knew I'd spend some time discussing. Mike Mignola's approach to comics storytelling is an incredible rarity: something that presents action/adventure style content with both complete clarity and a high level of individuality. Mignola's Hellboy comics were probably the first place I ever noticed that something unusual was happening with the flow of images I was reading, and I doubt I'm the only one: those books stand by themselves as beautifully constructed portals into something no other comics have managed to even come close to. In the column I talked about Mignola's debt to Jack Kirby, the friction between his impulses toward minimalism and maximalism, and his non-narrative flourishes, among plenty of other things. Read it all right here.