He actually has a very distinctive art style that shows up in more places than most people realize. I remember it showing up in the Disney film Atlantis: The Lost Empire, bringing unique life to an ancient world. His stories and characters pull a lot from folklore and mythology, combining modern day life and technology with old world beliefs and ways of life. I believe the farther we progress into the world of science and industrialization, our world tends to become smaller and less wondrous, and I like to think that characters like Hellboy and Lobster Johnson remind us how losing yourself in a good old folktale cheesy horror film can bring back the mystery and enchantment that made childhood so much fun. Personally, I grew up on Japanese fables and Nordic mythology, and I really enjoy the way Mike Mignola has taken elements from both of these realms, other cultures, and a heavy dose of old school horror to make up slightly dark and often hilariously sarcastic tales of adventure conquering all the little beasties that used to hide under my bed and just outside the window while I was trying to sleep as a child. I own several Hellboy comics as well as the films, cartoons, and action figures, and was very excited to present Mike Mignola with a cupcake.
The image on the cupcake is from the Eisner Award winning comic The Magician and the Snake. This is by far my most favorite comic from Mike Mignola, which was created with some help from his daughter Katie, who was 7 at the time. I always loved the image of a powerful wizard doing something so non-magical and silly like flying a kite.
This cupcake is one of the new flavors of March, Mint Chocolate Chip. I made the kite out of chocolate and tail out of buttercream. Mike Mignola’s table was the first one I stopped at, partially because I was so excited to meet him and partially because the action figures I wanted him to autograph take up a lot of space in my bag. I have several action figures of Mike Mignola’s creations, but I worked very hard to narrow it down to two. He was very nice to autograph my figures and listen to me ramble about how much I love his work. I’m really glad he recognized the kite, and even mentioned he would have to send a picture of it to his daughter.