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Mike Mignola American Comic Artist and Writer

Title: One on One Spotlight with Mike Mignola
Sponsored by The Creative Talent Network
CTNX09: Filmed Nov 2009; Posted April 2010
Length 47 min
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Moderated by animation Producer and Director Don Hahn  this one on one interview  with An American Cartoonist Mike Mignola is a rare moment in time as these two giants in the industry speak casually about the inspiration and career of this legendary talent  Mike Mignola.

Don Hahn began his career in animation working for Disney Legend Wolfgang Reitherman as an assistant director on “The Fox and The Hound.” He worked closely with Director Don Bluth on the production of “Pete’s Dragon” and even worked in Bluth’s garage on the animated short “Banjo”. He later became production manager of The Black Cauldron (1985) and “The Great Mouse Detective” before moving on as an associate producer of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).

In 1989, Hahn makes his first mark as producer for the first Roger Rabbit short, Tummy Trouble, producing along with executive producers Steven Spielberg, Kathleen Kennedy, and Frank Marshall. He the became the producer for the benchmark animated feature Beauty and the Beast, released in 1991, which made him the first producer in Hollywood to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar for an animated film. His next production, 1994′s The Lion King, set worldwide box office records for an animated film and quickly became the highest grossing traditionally-animated film in history. In 1996 he produced The Hunchback of Notre Dame, in 2000 he was an Executive Producer on The Emperor’s New Groove.

In 2006, Hahn was interim head of Disney’s animation division during its successful merger with Pixar Animation Studios. Hahn received his second Academy Award nomination that same year in the category of Best Animated Short for The Little Match Girl, an adaptation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale which was originally intended for inclusion in a version of Fantasia.

Hahn just finished Directing “Waking Sleeping Beauty” and will produce tbe remake of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie.

Mike Mignola was born September 16, 1960 in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland, the eldest son of a tough and leathery cabinetmaker.  His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age (he doesn’t remember why) and reading Dracula at age 12 introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore from which he has never recovered.

After graduating from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1982 (hoping to find a way to draw monsters for a living) he moved to New York City to begin a career in the comic book field.  Starting as a bad inker for Marvel Comics, he swiftly evolved in a not so bad artist on comics like Rocket Raccoon, Alpha Flight and The Hulk.  By the late 1980’s however he began to develop his own unique graphic style and moved onto higher profile commercial projects like Cosmic Odyssey (1988) and Gotham By Gaslight (1989) for DC Comics, and the not so commercial Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser (1990) for Marvel.  In 1992 he drew the comic book adaptation of the film Bram Stoker’s Dracula for Topps Comics which led to his working (briefly) with Francis Ford Coppola on the film.

In 1993 Mike joined several other comic book creators (John Byrne, Frank Miller, Geof Darrow, etc.) to form the Legend imprint at Dark Horse Comics and there he created Hellboy, a tough and leathery occult detective who may or may not be the beast of the apocalypse.  The first Hellboy story line (Seed of Destruction 1994) was co-written by John Byrne, but Mike has continued writing the book himself and, as of this writing, there are 8 Hellboy graphic novels (with more on the way), several spin off titles (BPRD, Lobster Johnson and Abe Sapien), 3 anthologies of prose stories, several novels, 2 animated films and 2 live action films starring Ron Perlman.  Hellboy has earned numerous comic industry awards and is published in a great many countries.

Mike has also worked as a production designer for the Disney film Atlantis: The Lost Empire (2001) and was the Visual Consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on Blade II (2002), Hellboy (2004) and Hellboy 2: The Golden Army (2008)

In 2001 Mike also created the award winning comic book The Amazing Screw On Head (recently adapted into animation) and in 2006 co-wrote with Christopher Golden the novel Baltimore: or the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, published by Bantam Books.

Mike lives somewhere in Southern California with his wife, daughter and cat.

See the work of and contact Mike Mignola Click Here.

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