Joel Meadows chats to Tank Girl artist Warwick Johnson Cadwell about his team-up with Hellboy’s Mike Mignola
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.
THE FACT THAT I’M WORKING WITH A HERO OF MINE REALLY MADE IT SOMETHING AMAZING
Right: Mignola attended a gallery of art inspired by his work