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Awards | Hellboy creator Mike Mignola has been named the Grand Master of the 2016 Spectrum Fantastic Art Awards, which honor fantasy, horror and science fiction art. First presented in 1995, the Spectrum Award for Grand Master goes to an artist who was worked at a consistently high level for at least 20 years, and who has influenced and inspired others. Previous honorees include Frank Frazetta, Jean “Moebius” Gerard, H.R. Giger and Ralph McQuarrie. [Spectrum Fantastic Art]
Conventions | After bringing in a profit of almost $1 million in 2014, Wizard World took a hard swing in the other direction last year with a loss of $4.3 million, with about half the shortfall coming in the fourth quarter. At least part of the reason seems to be simple math: Per-show revenues were down, costs were up. In addition, Wizard’s share in ConTV was a money-loser, to the tune of $1.3 million; Wizard has reduced its stake in the joint venture with Cinedigm. On the upside, its subscription box service has done well, netting $48,000. It’s possible that the North American convention market is being saturated, and Wizard is responding by cutting back from 25 shows in 2015 to 19 this year. [ICv2]
Comics | Writer Kurtis Wiebe announced that, “after long consideration,” he’s placing his acclaimed Image Comics fantasy series Rat Queens on hiatus. [Twitter]
To commemorate the inaugural Silicon Valley Comic Con, Mythbusters alum Adam Savage decided he’d go incognito as Hellboy, in a nod to his first appearance at Comic-Con International. But while he dressed as the movie Hellboy in 2008, this time he paid tribute to Mike Mignola’s original version.
Of course, Savage has a few advantages over the average cosplayer: In addition to his background as a model maker, he owns several pieces from Guillermo del Toro’s films, including the Samaritan, a duster jacket and one of Hellboy’s tail.
With Batman v Superman‘s record-breaking opening bringing new meaning to March Madness, and the NBA Playoffs just around the corner, Uproxx Sports has brought the worlds of superheroes and basketball together in a series of redesigned team logos.
Although the website offers explanations for the pairings, some of them are admittedly pretty flimsy. (The Bucks are matched with Blade because they share the same first letter?) “I’d like to say there was a big connection between which hero was chosen for which team, but there wasn’t,” writes David Rappoccio. “Some of them are obvious, some not so much.”
Adam Savage isn’t “just” a model maker, an educator and the former co-host of Mythbusters. He’s also a huge fan of Hellboy — he even owns of the Samaritan props used in Guillermo del Toro’s films. Looking to expand his arsenal of Mike Mignola-inspired weaponry, Savage sets out to create a replica sword (and skewered demon) based on the cover of Hellboy: Odd Jobs in a new installment of “One Day Builds.”
Experimenting with the iconic nature of their costumes, Ukrainian illustrator Yuri Krasnoshchok has distilled the masks and faces of numerous fictional heroes to sparse geometric shapes in a minimalist series called simply “Masks of Superheroes.”
Spider-Man, represented only by those oversize white eyes, is probably the most successful of the bunch, but most of them are almost instantly recognizable, without the aid of the characters’ names.
Brazilian artist Butcher Billy, whose pop-culture mashups have been showcased here numerous times, pays tribute to David Bowie in a new series of illustrations that reimagines the late rock icon as figures ranging from Captain America and The Joker to Hellboy and Batman.
However, Billy takes it a step further, matching the art with the appropriate song title: Bowie as Dr. Manhattan is “Life on Mars,” while Bowie as Mystique is “Changes,” Bowie as Lion-O is “Cat People,” and so on.
When the world is threatened by paranormal forces or, y’know, cats, its last, best, wrinkliest hope is the B.P.R.D., which we can only presume stands for the Bureau for Pug Research and Defense. Or, as it’s better known, Hellpugs.
It’s the work not of Prof. Trevor Bruttenholm but rather of Pupstar Sonoma, which clearly knows how to pet cosplay right, from Abe’s goggles to Hellboy’s … well, everything. Just look at the details on the coat, to say nothing of the Right Paw of Doom and Big Baby.
Mondo, which earlier this year celebrated Mike Mignola’s signature creation with a “First Hellboy” statue, has now introduced a 1/6th-scale baby Hellboy action figure.
Developed with Mignola himself, the figure boasts six points of articulation and, as Mondo says, “the cutest lil face Hell ever spawned.” Standing (or, rather, crouching) about 4 inches tall, the figure is available in two varieties: the $37 regular version, and the $40 Mondo exclusive, which comes with a removable Crown of the Apocalypse.
Considering the characters’ shared physical traits, it’s surprising that we haven’t seen a Hellboy/Darth Maul cosplay mashup before now. Or maybe we have, but they simply failed to make the impression that Luis Linares‘ does.
In these wonderful portraits by photographer James Rulison, Linares delivers the best of both worlds: a Darth Hellboy — or is that Sithboy? — armed with a double-bladed lightsaber, an oversized revolver and, naturally, a cigar.
Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles honors a modern master of horror and coolness with “Guillermo Del Toro: In Service Of Monsters,” featuring artwork by a variety of creators that pays tribute to films like Hellboy, Pacific Rim and Pan’s Labyrinth.
The impressive collection includes everything from artwork to sculptures to a Hellboy teddy bear. Contributors include Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Joey Weiser, John Rozum and many more.
Check out a few pieces below, then visit the Gallery 1988 site to see them all.
With their powers combined, Dark Horse Comics and Swyft Media have taken “Hellboy,” “Itty Bitty Hellboy” and “Usagi Yojimbo” into all-new territory with a series of emoji keyboards based on the properties, each of which will provide digital stickers, photo filters and phone themes of the characters.
The emoji keyboards will be available in several apps and marketplaces, including BBM, Photofy, PicsArt, CocoPPa, and Xbox Live Marketplace, as well as in the Apple iTunes App Store for iOS and the Google Play Store for Android. The apps will allow the emoji keyboards to be used in services like Facebook Messenger, WeChat, Viber, LINE, Skype, WhatsApp and more. “Hellboy,” “Itty Bitty Hellboy” and “Usagi Yojimbo” are just three of the upcoming Dark Horse properties that will find their ways to a digital audience.
We debuted Mondo’s First Hellboy statue, based Mike Mignola’s original drawing of the character, earlier this month, but this morning the collectible art boutique revealed more of its offerings for Comic-Con International.
They include a limited-edition Ant-Man poster by Kevin Tong, inspired by the upcoming Marvel Studios film, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo collectible figure, and a vinyl edition of the Aliens soundtrack and a die-cut single of the themes from Superman: The Animated Series. (You may recall that last year Mondo released Batman: The Animated Series on 7-inch and 12-inch die-cut vinyl).
On the heels of its First Turtle Figure, Mondo has provided ROBOT 6 with an exclusive first look at its First Hellboy statue, based on Mike Mignola’s original 1991 convention illustration of a demon. While the character that debuted some two years later bears little resemblance to that figure, Mignola apparently knew he was onto something with the name on the belt buckle: “Hellboy.”
Mondo’s 12-inch statue showcases many of the details of that 24-year-old drawing, from the fish and crab dangling from Hellboy’s belt to the vulture perching on his wings to the demon’s body hair. Mignola’s longtime collaborator Dave Stewart was also recruited to devise the color scheme.
Although Regaliceratops peterhewski likely didn’t possess a Right Hand of Doom or a fondness for pancakes and cigars, paleontologists had a devil of a time excavating the 600-pound fossil skull, earning it the nickname “Hellboy.”
According to National Geographic, it was only afterward that researchers made the connection between the many-horned dinosaur — it’s a close relative of the Triceratops — and Mike Mignola’s famed demonic hero.