Did you know that Mike Mignola adapted Bram Stoker's Dracula (the book and the Coppola film) into a comic? I didn't either, until Dr B dug out her copy to threw onto the big eBay pile currently taking up half of our office (or studio, depending on who's in there).
I've recently been catching up on Mignola's massive and lovely Hellboy Library Editions, and he's quickly becoming one of my favourite comic artists around (matched only by Adi Granov and Charles Burns). He has a really distinct style, and has an amazing mastery of light and shade. As fun as they are, Guillermo del Toro's Hellboy films don't do him justice – they just don't capture the sheer inkiness of the those vast expanses of black that Mignola does so well.
Actually, having watched them both a a couple of weeks ago, I find those films incredibly frustrating. They're hard not to love, but are so patchy and superficial – cheap thrills and easy laughs at the expense of the dark, gothic characters that have so much more potential. Plus in the second film, del Toro seems determined to frame Ron Perlman in such a way that he looks far too small. When you're trying to make your red latex-covered 60 year-old star look like an imposing 7' tall beast, don't make him spend half the film sat down!
(That gripe aside, the films are surprisingly excellent for career guidance. Dr B and I have both decided we're going to work for the York branch of the BPRD.)
But I digress. As lovely as Mignola's Dracula is, we've got a big ol' wedding to pay for, so we're flogging it on eBay along with a few other morsels – including some Lester Bangs, PJ Harvey, Adele, the excellent Canteen cookbook, a Sony Vaio, the first issue of X-Men: First Class. If that shameless hard sell hasn't got you a-clicking, check out the official Art of Mike Mignola site for some free gothic treats.