Joel Mead­ows chats to Tank Girl artist War­wick John­son Cad­well about his team-up with Hellboy’s Mike Mig­nola

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Anew project from Hellboy cre­ator Mike Mig­nola is al­ways worth check­ing out. Mr Hig­gins Comes Home is a new oneshot graphic novel to be pub­lished by Dark Horse this Oc­to­ber. Mig­nola is writ­ing it but join­ing him on art is Bri­tish artist War­wick John­son Cad­well ( Tank Girl).

The seed of the project be­gan at a comics show over here in Eng­land last year, Cad­well in­formed us. “I was for­tu­nate enough to be on a Sketch Panel at the Thought Bub­ble Fes­ti­val in Leeds last year. Mike was also on the panel and we had the op­por­tu­nity to meet briefly af­ter­ward. He sug­gested we should do a story to­gether which I thought was far too good to be true but he con­tacted me a week or so later with a story in mind, which still sounds too good to be true.”

Mig­nola has been a huge in­flu­ence on the artist for many years, he tells us, “Not sure at which point to start with that one. He has al­ways been a mas­sive in­flu­ence and in­spi­ra­tion to me. I have a worn out [French] copy of the Wolver­ine story Jun­gle Ad­ven­ture and thor­oughly knack­ered is­sues of his Topps Drac­ula adap­tion that were con­stant ref­er­ences for me and feel now that they were a solid foun­da­tion of how I ended up draw­ing the way I do. He is a mas­ter of the craft. And in writ­ing too as it turned out.”

Mig­nola said this about the artist when it was an­nounced in April of this year. “I’d been a fan of War­wick’s work for a very long time,” And in a pre­vi­ous state­ment. “I met him re­cently, dis­cov­ered he had a fond­ness for sad were­wolves, and that got the ball rolling for Mr Hig­gins.”

Even though they are based in dif­fer­ent coun­tries, the pair have worked quite closely with each. “He emailed his ideas which I loved and I sent him draw­ings, which he said he loved, I fol­lowed the writer’s lead as is of­ten the case for me. Work­ing out sto­ries with peo­ple is such an ex­hil­a­rat­ing ex­pe­ri­ence but add to that the fact I’m work­ing with a hero of mine re­ally made it some­thing amaz­ing,” Cad­well says.

The project has come from a mu­tual love of hor­ror sto­ries. “I think this has a unique feel. A col­lab­o­ra­tion brings out some­thing more than the el­e­ments in­volved, maybe like a third cre­ator that isn’t seen again un­less the same peo­ple are in­volved. Mr Hig­gins Comes Home is a story that comes very much from shared in­ter­ests I think. A love of a kind of tra­di­tional or ‘olde worlde’ hor­ror that we find in Amer­ica’s Uni­ver­sal Stu­dios hor­ror movies or the Bri­tish Ham­mer Hor­ror films. I feel that we both are in­clined not to stretch the bound­aries of the genre but in­stead im­merse our­selves in the rules and the lore and thor­oughly en­joy do­ing that.” Mr Hig­gins Comes Home will ar­rive in comic book stores on 25 Oc­to­ber, and even­tu­ally reach larger book­stores, ap­pro­pri­ately enough, on 31 Oc­to­ber.


Right: Mig­nola at­tended a gallery of art in­spired by his work

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