Hellboy creator Mike Mignola illustrates a new edition of Pinocchio
Mike Mignola illustrates a unique and surreal version of the puppet boy in Pinocchio from Beehive Books: An Illuminated Edition, set for release in 2022.
Hellboy creator Mike Mignola illustrates a new edition of Carlo Collodi’s classic 1883 book The Adventures of Pinocchio, which is expected to be published by Beehive Books in 2022.
Pinocchio: an illuminated edition is part of a special Beehive line that commissions renowned illustrators to interpret classic books in their own style. The cover of Mignola’s book, colored by his frequent collaborator Dave Stewart, shows Pinocchio looking decidedly more like a surreal wooden puppet than the merry cherub featured in the adaptation of Walt Disney’s 1940 animated film.
“Pinocchio has been one of my two favorite books (with Dracula) from as far back as I can remember, “Mignola said io9. “It shaped the way I write and think. It has it all – surprisingly weird humor as well as surprising flashes of surreal horror and violence – and tackling it has been a challenge. I’m delighted to team up with Beehive. book for that. The books they’ve produced are true works of art and I can’t wait to see what they do with the stuff I give them. “
Like the other books in Beehive’s Illuminated Editions line, Mignola’s vision of Pinocchio will be funded on Kickstarter. The exact Kickstarter date has yet to be revealed, but an upcoming project page is currently live.
The Adventures of Pinocchio was originally serialized in a children’s magazine in the 1880s. A chronicle of the adventures of a mischievous puppet who aspires to become a real boy, the story has since become one of the best-known works in Italian literature . As with many fairy tales, Collodi’s original book is far darker than the Disney film adaptation that many are familiar with.
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