Coming Soon to Kickstarter: Carlo Collodi’s Classic Novel, Featuring Illustrations by Mignola and Award-winning Colorist Dave Stewart
(September 7, 2021—Philadelphia, PA) Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Beehive Books are collaborating on an all-new illustrated edition of Carlo Collodi’s classic novel Pinocchio, featuring a cover and illustrations by Mignola and award-winning colorist Dave Stewart. The project, which will be coming to Kickstarter next year, was announced timed to Mignola’s appearance at LightBox Expo Online. Mignola will be exhibiting two pieces from Beehive Books’s Illuminated Edition of Pinocchio at his virtual artist alley booth at LightBox Expo Online, which runs from September 7th through Sunday, September 12th.
“Pinocchio has been one of my two favorite books (along with Dracula) for as long as I can remember,” said Mignola. “It’s shaped the way I write and the way I think. It’s got everything — amazingly strange humor as well as surprising flashes of surreal horror and violence — and tackling it has been a challenge. I’m thrilled to team with Beehive book for this. The books they’ve produced have been true works of art and cannot wait to see what they do with stuff I’m giving them.”
Beehive Books’s line of Illuminated Editions features some of the finest talents in contemporary art, singular design sensibilities, the highest production values, and a special emphasis on comics and graphic art. Previously announced volumes Illuminated Editions feature acclaimed artists the Balbusso Twins, Rebekka Dunlap, Brecht Evens, Dave McKean, Paul Pope, Yuko Shimizu, and Bill Sienkiewicz, Kent Williams, and Jim Woodring. Each Illuminated Edition is presented in heirloom slipcased editions, and feature original essays from luminaries of literature, art and film, including Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro and Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham.
“Though its reputation has been sanitized by the beloved Disney film adaptation, Carlo Collodi’s Pinocchio is in fact a deeply strange, fantastical tale,” said Beehive Books Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Josh O’Neill. “Mike Mignola has taken up the task of restoring the richness and oddity of this singular tale. Mike is simply one of the most accomplished artists of all time, and his flair for finding the uncanny beauty amidst the darkness and smoke of Victorian worlds is unparalleled. The artwork for this book makes the hairs on the back of our neck stand up.”
“It’s an honor and a thrill to debut original Mike Mignola art for Beehive Books’s illuminated edition of Pinocchio,” said LightBox Expo Online Creative Director, Bobby Chiu. “Because this year’s LightBox Expo is being held virtually, people from around the globe are able to visit Mike’s virtual artist alley booth, in our 3D virtual show floor featuring over 350 artists from across the globe.” Based on the acclaimed celebration of the visual arts, LightBox Expo will feature over 400 guests and more than 200 presentations in a multi-faceted experience for everyone from aspiring artists and students, to professionals and fans, with a focus on animation, illustration and concept art.