Latest batch of Mignolaverse collection covers
Hellboy and the BPRD: 1952 #2 of 5 cover by Alex Maleev
BPRD Hell On Earth #127 cover by Laurence Campbell
Abe Sapien #19 cover by Max Fiumara
New York Comic Con has an exclusive BPRD poster made from the covers of issues #125-129 by Laurence Campbell! Unfortunately the only available pictures are not very high-resolution so this will have to do for now. It also had to be rotated due to tumblr’s dimensions. Ah well.
(And if someone were to obtain one of these for me, I would appreciate it so much! I can pay in nerdy currencies!)
As far as frogs and other amphibian stuff—that, again, is a reference to this kind of H.P. Lovecraft worldview where anything from the ocean is scary. Frogs, in a Lovecraft sense, are associated with some kind of unknowable world. They’re not from the ocean, but they’re also not from, you know, the woods. Where do they come from? And why are they always out there… chirping, or whatever the hell it is that frogs do? Lovecraft also uses birds that way—and birds are great—but I have a harder time drawing birds than frogs.
In the very first issue of Hellboy, I did a sequence with frogs in it, and it just sort of stuck. I established it early. Frogs will be my kind of icon characters; when frogs show up, you know something bad’s going to happen. They become symbolic of this kind of evil that’s always running around in the background.
And then things just tend to snowball. You know, you hear about something like a “rain of frogs,” which happens periodically for whatever reason—it’s one of those weird phenomena that gets written about—and, I thought, well, let me have a little bit of that kind of action. I mean, that’s a weird thing and it’s got a kind of authenticity to it: there’s something about it that’s unnatural, yet supposedly it does really happen. And I like that.
So yesterday afternoon a package arrived…
Pages 9-12 of B.P.R.D. Hell on Earth: The Reign of the Black Flame (Part 1) by James Harren, the complete Prospect Park sequence. This is one of the most emotionally powerful sequences in the series, and I’m so happy and proud to have it.
On the back of page 11 I found an alternate panel…
…which would have fit here on the final page…
Oh my god, they’re so beautifully heartbreaking.