29 years ago, artist and writer Mike Mignola created the apocalypse stoppin’, cigar-chompin’ demon with a heart of gold known as Hellboy, and the comic industry was never the same. Now a new documentary focusing on Mignola and the universe of characters he’s created will premiere for the first time at Los Angeles’ Million Dollar Theater this August, presented by the LA-based Secret Movie Club. Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters, from documentary filmmakers Jim Demonakos and Kevin Konrad Hanna, will delve into the worlds Mignola has created and the influence Hellboy and Mignola have had on pop culture.
The night of the premiere at the Million Dollar Theater will be a robust affair, beginning with a viewing of Bride of Frankenstein, a film that has left an indelible mark on Mignola and his work for decades. Bride will be followed with a viewing of Drawing Monsters, with a Q&A with Mignola and the filmmakers capping off the night.
The event is in just over a month on Saturday, August 13, 2022, but you can purchase tickets, as well as this sweet poster Mignola and colorist Dave Stewart (see below) created for the event. Just click here for more info.
From the official press release:
Los Angeles-based Secret Movie Club will present the first public screening of the highly anticipated Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters documentary at LA’s iconic Million Dollar Theater on Saturday, August 13, 2022. The screening will include a live onstage interview with Mike Mignola, the legendary creator of Hellboy, alongside documentary filmmakers Jim Demonakos and Kevin Konrad Hanna, and Secret Movie Club founder Craig Hammill. The evening will begin with a special 35mm archive print screening of Universal Studios’ iconic Bride of Frankenstein, the James Whale-directed film which has inspired Mignola’s storytelling for decades. Attendees will be able to purchase a limited-edition 18” x 24” Secret Movie Club poster featuring Hellboy, the Frankenstein monster, and the monster’s bride, by Mignola and award-winning colorist Dave Stewart. The Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters event will begin at 6:00 PM. Advance ticket and poster sales are available now.
When Mike Mignola created Hellboy, he unleashed a visionary comic book character and launched an entire universe populated by unique heroes and creatures, misfits and monsters. Featuring in-depth interviews with Mignola alongside appearances from the likes of Patton Oswalt, Guillermo del Toro, Neil Gaiman, Rebecca Sugar, and Victor LaValle, Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters is a film for fans of the Hellboy universe and the Hellboy movies, but more than this, it’s a film for anyone interested in creativity and the imagination.
“In a world populated by Marvel and DC’s corporately owned superheroes, Mike Mignola forged his own path,” said filmmaker Kevin Konrad Hanna. “In addition to creating Hellboy, Mignola created one of the most successful independent comic book universes in the history of comics. He’s a true visionary.”
“Mike Mignola is an inspiration, especially for creators like himself who don’t fit into traditional creative spaces,” said filmmaker Jim Demonakos. “His story is about defending his vision, and his creative drive reflects all of ours who want to tell unique stories.”
“We’re really humbled, excited, and honored to have Mr. Mignola speak to our community of movie lovers and movie makers,” said Secret Movie Club founder Craig Hammill. “Great movies are often made by folks who are inspired by the art of other mediums. Mr. Mignola’s key work as a storyteller and artist in comics that strongly reflect his voice mirrors the journey of independent filmmakers. We’re excited that our audience will get to ask Mr. Mignola questions directly about his journey and his thoughts on movies, creativity, and storytelling.”
The evening will be structured as follows:
6:00 PM Bride of Frankenstein
7:45 PM Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters
9:30 PM Onstage Q&A with Mignola and the documentary filmmakers.
The Mike Mignola: Drawing Monsters documentary was originally crowdfunded on Kickstarter, where it generated more than half a million dollars in pledges from backers. It will be appearing at film festivals throughout the year. For more information about the film, follow the documentary’s Twitter account. For more information on Secret Movie Club, follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.