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    Mignolaversity: Laurence Campbell covers “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth”

    By | March 12th, 2018
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    Laurence Campbell’s a big part of Mike Mignola’s Hellboy Universe. He worked on key arcs during “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth,” including the ten-issue finale. He’s also the primary artist on the next cycle, “B.P.R.D.: The Devil You Know,” so when it came time to collect “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth” into omnibus editions, Laurence Campbell was the obvious choice for the job of cover artist.

    Today we’re taking a look at Campbell’s work on the five covers he made for the “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth” omnibus editions, including an exclusive first look at the cover for the fifth and final volume.

    Laurence, your covers for the “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth” omnibus editions look fantastic. I have to say, I was very happy to finally see Kate on the cover of an omnibus.

    Laurence Campbell: Cheers, Mark. It was great fun drawing the omnibus covers. I was offered the project, if I remember correctly, straight after finishing the final issue of “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth.” I was blown away to be asked to do these covers as I love the omnibus collections of “Plague of Frogs.” Editors Scott Allie and Katii O’Brien told me the collection would span five volumes and gave me a list of the main characters they wanted on each book with some secondary imagery to be involved in some way. I enjoy working like this. I think it appeals to my graphic design background.

    “B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs” covers by Mike Mignola
    “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth” covers by Laurence Campbell
    Colors by Dave Stewart

    They certainly fit together as a set, and I don’t just mean the “Hell on Earth” volumes. You’ve maintained the composition style established by Mike Mignola for the “Plague of Frogs” omnibuses. Placed side by side, “Plague of Frogs” and “Hell on Earth” look like one big set. Did you find this restrictive or did it make it easier to nail down what each cover should be?

    Laurence: I think the plan was continue the look over the whole set of volumes. I didn’t see this as restrictive, more of a challenge, which I enjoy. You are given the boundaries to work within and it’s your role as an artist/designer to make it work. I like working like this. Sometimes it’s about what you leave out rather than throw all the elements in. I found as I designed these the more simple designs were the ones which worked best.

    “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth – Volume 1” thumbnails
    “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth – Volume 1” inks
    “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth – Volume 2” thumbnails
    “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth – Volume 2” inks
    “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth – Volume 3” thumbnails
    “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth – Volume 3” inks
    “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth – Volume 4” thumbnails
    “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth – Volume 4” inks
    “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth – Volume 5” thumbnails
    “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth – Volume 5” inks

    As you can see they are all pretty much the same with a central figure and just a case of deciding which elements to use or not in the background. The whole thing was fun to do.

    I spent time looking at what elements to use and what to lose, getting the right balance in the final image. Once all agreed, Dave Stewart finished the covers with colors, making it all come together in the way he does.

    “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth – Volume 3” out October 17, 2018
    “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth – Volume 4” coming early 2019
    “B.P.R.D.: Hell on Earth – Volume 5” coming 2019

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    Mark Tweedale

    Mark writes Hell Notes, The Harrow County Observer, and The Damned Speakeasy. An animator and an eternal Tintin fan, he spends his free time reading comics, listening to film scores, and consuming the finest dark chocolates. You can find him on Twitter here.


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    Mignolaversity News Update – April 2018

    By | Apr 16, 2018 | News

    Welcome to April’s Mignolaversity News Update, bringing you the latest solicitations and news from the past month. This month the solicitations come from Daily Dead, but first the news…• Matic’s launching a Kickstarter for a Hellboy game later this month. As you can see tyo the left, Mignola’s drawn some art for the box, and […]

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