Mike Mignola Day

Today is Mike Mignola’s birthday, which gives me a perfect excuse to post about this new Criterion release of Cronos, with a Mike Mignola cover and new commentary tracks and a short film and a high quantity of awesomeness all around.

In honor of the occasion (or so I choose to believe), I finally received my copy of The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects last night. You’ll have to wait (with bated breath, I’m sure) for a full accounting of it, but the first thing I did upon receiving it was, of course, clasp it to my breast, after which time I sat down and read the whole thing straight through, probably faster than I should have. I’m looking forward to taking more time with it in the next few days, but suffice to say that it was, as the title might suggest, amazing.

Though the original comic is hard to come by, most folks are familiar with the titular Screw-On Head thanks to the animated series pilot of the same name. This is actually the first time I’d ever read the original comic, and it’s very close to the pilot in some ways, and very different in others. I like this one better, of course, though the pilot certainly has many charms.

The rest of the stories, though, are the best part for me. The most new Mignola art we’ve gotten in several years, they’re also some of the best Mignola art to date, which makes sense as the stories are largely just excuses for Mignola to draw some of his favorite stuff. They’re all incredible, and I’m not going to bother picking a favorite right now, which would be a futile gesture anyway in a book so filled with awesomeness.

I’ll obviously be talking more about this once I’ve had a chance to read through it more than once and to better pore over the drawings, but for now, happy birthday to Mike Mignola, and a heartfelt thanks to him for this comic, and all the others he’s given me over the years.

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