The Hellboy Library Editions collect two volumes of trade paperbacks into an upscaled and sturdy hard cover book. Volume 3 contains Conqueror Worm and Strange Places.
Mike Mignola is a genius, and I’m completely enthralled by his Hellboy (and BPRD) series of comics. Although I owe most of the trade paperbacks I’ve recently started collecting his library editions because 1) the prints are bigger, showing better details; the colors more crisp and vibrant 2) the book includes previously unpublished/unused artwork and sketches not found in the paperbacks and 3) the hard cover binding is really sturdy and protects the book for long lasting enjoyment.
Mignola’s style is really one of a kind. More recent Hellboy artists like Duncan Fegredo are really accomplished as well, but Mike’s technique of combining elegant and simple line work with an unbelievable understanding for form and composition, light and shadow play still make him my favorite artist. I’m pretty sure if Mignola had been a filmmaker he would make a helluva cinematographer.
(below) The book also contains unpublished / unused art work, as well as his collection of character design sketches for the stories.
At this juncture I also have to recommend his excellent Art Of Hellboy art book, which also comes in the same hard cover format and size as these library editions.
(above) The cover of the 312 paged hardback book. I’ve included my Wacom pen so that you can gauge the size of the book.
At the time of writing the library editions are currently up to Volume 5, and I hope eventually to get them all, including the BPRD books as well. It’s extremely exciting that Mignola will be returning as artist and writer for the Hellboy in Hell, and I look forward to reading that very soon.
“Hellboy Library Edition Volume 3″ book details :
– Dimensions – 9 x 1.3 x 12 inches
– Hard cover, 312 pages
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