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Documentary on 'Hellboy' Creator Mike Mignola in the Works (Exclusive)

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Courtesy of Mike Mignola; Alex Maleev; Paolo Rivera
'Drawing Monsters' will go inside the creation of the indie anti-hero.

Mike Mignola, the comic book artist known for creating Hellboy, will unveil the secrets behind his horror-filled career in a feature-length documentary.

Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters will be feature-length and includes interviews with Mignola as well as figures such as Neil Gaiman, Hellboy actor actor Doug Jones, Mythbusters host Adam Savage, Steven Universe creator Rebecca Sugar, Victor LaValle (The Ballad Of Black Tom), artist Tara McPherson, Ayala, Duncan Fegredo, Fábio Moon and Joe Quesada.

“There’s already eighty hours of footage in the can that we have shot over the last year and a half,” says Kevin Hanna, who is producing and co-directing with Jim Demonakos, founder, LightBox Expo and ECCC. “This is an ambitious in-depth documentary to celebrate Mignola’s legacy in style.”

The film is being crowdfunded via Kickstarter, starting today.

“We’re bringing the project to Kickstarter to secure the financing to shoot additional interviews, edit the film and score, and bring the film to market,” said Demonakos. “We want existing fans and curious readers alike to experience Mignola’s art and his incredible world of monsters and misfits.”

Hellboy first starred in his own comic with 1994’s Hellboy: Seed of Destruction, with Mignola's cigar-chomping demon becoming an indie comics hit. It told the story of a demon who is raised by a professor and fights supernatural forces while working for an organization called the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense.

The property has endured for decades, with Guillermo Del Toro directing two features — Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy II: The Golden Army (2008). A reboot starring David Harbour was released in 2019.

Kickstarter backers are being offered prints by artists including Mignola and Dave Stewart, Laurence Campbell, Duncan Fegredo, Alex Maleev, Fábio Moon, Mike Norton, Paolo Rivera, Craig Rousseau, Tim Sale and Ben Stenbec.

Filming on the project is expected to continue this fall and winter, with Drawing Demons expected to debut in spring 2022.

Learn more here.

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