If you don’t know who Mike Mignola is
then we should probably stop having intercourse with each other then surely you must know his amazing work, even if you’re not fully aware. Mike’s “that guy” who created Hellboy , along with lending his artistic/writing talents to countless other comic, television and film projects over the years. Latest news today is a preview of Mignola’s upcoming hardcover collection of stories from Dark Horse Comics, The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects aka AWESOMENESS: THE BOOK (at least that’s what I’m calling it). Amongst other tales included in the hardcover, The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects has won a past Eisner Award for Best Humor Publication, so it’s not like this thing is going to be extremely badass or anything like that, just so you know.
When Emperor Zombie threatens the safety of all life on earth, President Lincoln enlists the aid of a mechanical head. With the help of associates Mr. Groin (a faithful manservant) and Mr. Dog (a dog), Screw–On Head must brave ancient tombs, a Victorian flying apparatus, and demons from a dimension inside a turnip. This new collection of oddball Mignola creations also includes “The Magician and the Snake” from Dark Horse Maverick: Happy Endings, and nearly fifty pages of brand new material, all as weird and hilarious as the beloved Screw-On Head. [source]
The Amazing Screw-On Head and Other Curious Objects even went on to inspire a cult animated short starring Paul Giamatti, David Hyde Pierce, and Patton Oswalt, however somehow (God only knows) it failed to get picked up by the Sci-Fi Channel. But fear not friends, here at Gamma Squad we love our readers enough to include the entire animated short after the jump (22 minutes long).
Also mentioned above was The Magician and the Snake, another Eisner Award winner for Best Short Story, that Mignola wrote with his then seven-year-old daughter, Katie (Katie Mignola is the youngest Eisner Award Winner ever). The story is enough to make you feel all warm and gooey inside, so what the hell -that’s gonna’ be after the jump too (click images for full size).
Full illustrations and video below:
The collection is due to release on August 25th and I highly suggest you pick it up. For everyone keeping score at home, that’s two Eisner Award Winning stories, plus a plethora of brand new material, all bound together between two covers. THURSDAY!!! THURSDAY!!! THURSDAY!!! COME GET YOUR MIKE MIGNOLA FIX AT GAMMA SQUAD!!! MONSTER TRUCKS!!! EXPLOSIONS!!! ANIMATED SHORTS!!! ASTHMA!!!
The Magician and the Snake – Eisner Award Winner for Best Short Story:
The Amazing Screw-On Head – Eisner Award Winner for Best Humor Publication:
And a very special embrace to io9 for the tip.