Out in comic shops tomorrow, here’s some pages from Dark Horse Comics original graphic novel Our Encounters with Evil: Adventures of Professor J.T. Meinhardt and his Assistant Mr. Knox.
The highly anticipated book is the sequel to the acclaimed graphic novel Mr. Higgins Comes Home, created by legendary Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell. In this all-new instalment, Professor J.T. Meinhardt and Mr. Knox continue their pursuit of ne’er-do-well creatures of the night. Now, backed by the dauntless vampire hunter Ms. Mary Van Sloan, the heroes pursue vampires, werewolves, and other horrors that even they are hard-put to name or explain.
The only thing that’s for certain? The strange truths these adventurers uncover are seldom what they seem…
Dark Horse will publish the hardcover graphic novel – created by Mike Mignola and Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, with story and art by Warwick Johnson-Cadwell, lettering by Clem Robins, and a cover by Mike Mignola with Eisner Award-winning colourist Dave Stewart – in comic shops tomorrow, Wednesday 13th November 13th and in book shops on 26th November 2019.
Like Mr. Higgins Comes Home, the new graphic novel is set outside the Hellboy Universe. “Our Encounters with Evil recounts three adventures of our intrepid hunters as they battle evil in various supernatural forms,” said Johnson-Cadwell. “The first of these, ‘The Lost Duke Kurtz,’ is the possible discovery of a long-forgotten vampire menace and a tale of vampire vengeance. A typical not-so-typical night in the careers of Professor J. T. Meinhardt, Mr. Knox, and Ms. Mary Van Sloan.”
Warwick Johnson-Cadwell has been drawing as long as he can remember, enthusiastically digesting comics and transposing James Bond, spaghetti westerns and Hammer Horror movies onto paper. This drawing persisted, taking him through an Illustration degree and on to work in publishing with work for The Guardian and The Times newspapers and animation design for several projects in commercial or features studios, including Aardman Animation’s Pirates! His comic work has featured in Nelson (2011) Lovecraft Anthology 2 (2012) Solid State Tank Girl (2013) Samuari Jack (2018), and many “Small Press” titles, including Dangeritis (2014) with Robert M. Ball. He also skippers boats on the South coast of England. He collaborated on Helena Crash, with Fabian Rangel Jr. and, most recently, Mr. Higgins Comes Home with Mike Mignola.
“Warwick brought an insane amount to energy and invention to Mr. Higgins Comes Home home – more ideas than could ever fit into that one book,” said Mike Mignola , who scripted Mr. Higgins Comes Home which he created with Johnson-Cadwell. “So I was thrilled when he told me he wanted to continue the adventures of Meinhardt and Knox. You can look forward to a whole world of vampires and related monstrosities like nothing you’ve ever seen before.”
Reading Dracula at ago 12 introduced Mike Mignola to Folklore and Victorian Supernatural Literature from which he has still never recovered. He began working as a comic book artist in 1982, working for both Marvel and DC Comics before creating Hellboy, published by Dark Horse Comics in 1994. What began as a single comic book series would eventually expand to a “Hellboy Universe” of related graphic novels, prose novels, short story anthologies and both animated and live action films.
He also wrote and drew The Amazing Screw-on Head and Other Curious Objects. He has co-written novels with Christopher Golden (Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire) and Thomas Sniegoski (Grim Death and Bill The Electrocuted Criminal), worked with Francis Ford Coppola on Bram Stoker’s Dracula, was a production designer on Disney’s Atlantis: The Lost Empire, and visual consultant to Guillermo Del Toro on Blade II, Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army. A new Hellboy film, directed by Neil Marshall was released earlier this year.
Mike’s comics and graphic novels have earned numerous awards and are published in a great many countries He lives in Southern California with his wife and a very demanding cat.