Mike Mignola's Picks

Book Cover Image. Title: Criminal:  The Deluxe Edition - Volume 2, Author: Ed Brubaker

Criminal

Ed BrubakerSean Phillips

I'm not a Crime Fiction guy but one day I started to flip through one of the Criminal graphic novels and before I knew it, I was hooked. I couldn't put it down till I finished it and when I did finish it, I ran right out and got the others. I can't single out any one of the Criminal books so I recommend all four. They are all great and the Deluxe Edition format is gorgeous.

Book Cover Image. Title: Batman:  Year One, Author: Frank Miller

Batman

Frank MillerDavid MazzucchelliRichmond Lewis

Everyone goes on and on about Frank's "Dark Knight" but for my money, "Year One" is my favorite Batman story by Frank, my all-time favorite Batman, period. And, David Mazzucchelli is just plain brilliant.

Book Cover Image. Title: Creepy Presents Richard Corben, Author: Richard Corben

Creepy Presents Richard Corben

Richard CorbenDoug MoenchBruce JonesVarious

Richard is one of the most unique creators in the history of comics and one of a very small handful who have devoted themselves to (and mastered) the horror comic. Collected here are all the stories he did for the legendary Creepy and Eerie magazines. Each -- either in collaboration with another writer or written by Richard himself -- shows his unique mix of beauty, innocence, humor and truly dreadful horror.

Book Cover Image. Title: Creepy Presents:  Bernie Wrightson, Author: Howard Chaykin

Creepy Presents

Howard ChaykinBernie WrightsonBruce JonesNicola Cuti

For years I wanted to be Bernie Wrightson, and the stories in this collection illustrate why. He is a master of impressionistic light and shadow, dramatic composition and, of course, horror - sometimes mixed with humor, sometimes not. Two of my favorite Wrightson stories lead off this collection: his adaptation of Poe's "The Black Cat" and his truly disturbing collaboration with Bruce Jones, "Jennifer."

Book Cover Image. Title: The Frank Book, Author: Jim Woodring

The Frank Book

Jim WoodringFrancis Ford Coppola

I think Jim Woodring is one of the greatest cartoonists of all time. His stories about Frank -- some kind of animal-like creature -- and his pals are very cute, somewhat mystifying and often…troubling. They are really impossible to describe but the question "What if David Lynch had created Krazy Kat?" might give you some idea of what you're in for here.

Book Cover Image. Title: Sam and Max Surfin the Highway Anniversary Edition, Author: Steve Purcell

Sam and Max Surfin the Highway Anniversary Edition

Steve Purcell

Steve might be best known now as the co-writer/co-director of the new and pretty amazing Pixar film, Brave, but I will always think of him as a cartoonist. Before his signature creations, Sam and Max were the subjects of a much beloved computer game and a short-lived animated series. They were the stars of the funniest comics I've ever read, all of which are collected here in this very nice looking edition.

Book Cover Image. Title: Gary Gianni's MonsterMen and Other Scary Stories, Author: Gary Gianni

Gary Gianni's MonsterMen and Other Scary Stories

Gary GianniMichael Chabon

These stories look like they were drawn in the early 1900's and they are definitely an affectionate nod to classic ghost and horror stories of that era, but Gary brings to them a truly wonderful manic energy that makes them new and original. Beautifully strange with flashes of very bizarre humor. I don't know of anything else even remotely like them.

Book Cover Image. Title: Dracula (Barnes & Noble Classics Series), Author: Bram Stoker

Dracula (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)

Bram StokerBrooke Allen

There have been Graphic Novel adaptations of Dracula but I've never seen one that captures the Dracula I saw in my head when I first read this novel, so I prefer my Dracula without pictures. This is, quite simply, the book that changed my life. It introduced me to the world of gothic horror and set me on the road to doing the work I do today.

Book Cover Image. Title: Who Fears the Devil, Author: Manly Wade Wellman

Who Fears the Devil

Manly Wade WellmanMike ResnickKarl Edward WagnerChristopher Paul Carey

My favorite (and I think some of the best) Hellboy stories are the ones where he's just wandering around the world and runs into trouble. These stories of John the Balladeer, who wanders the backwoods of the Appalachia with his silver-string guitar, battling evil creatures (usually drawn from local folklore), were one of my main influences. One of my stories, "The Crooked Man," is actually set in John's neck of the woods and I did my best to capture the authentic regional feel that Manly did so well.

Book Cover Image. Title: The Weird:  A Compendium of Strange and Dark Stories, Author: Ann VanderMeer

The Weird

Ann VanderMeerJeff VanderMeerMichael MoorcockChina Mieville

This new, monster-sized anthology collects stories from the early 1900s up to the present and from all over the world -- familiar names as well as obscure. It's a great sampler of over a century of Supernatural literature.