Mike Mignola'sfascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age; readingDraculaat age twelve introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore, from which he has never recovered. Starting in 1982 as a bad inker for Marvel Comics, he swiftly evolved into a not-so-bad artist. By the late 1980s, he had begun to develop his own unique graphic style, with mainstream projects likeCosmic OdysseyandBatman: Gotham by Gaslight. In 1994, he published the firstHellboyseries through Dark Horse. There are thirteenHellboygraphic novels (with more on the way), several spin-off titles (B.P.R.D., Lobster Johnson, Abe Sapien,andSir Edward Grey: Witchfinder), prose books, animated films, and two live-action films starring Ron Perlman. Along the way he worked on Francis Ford Coppola's filmBram Stoker's Dracula(1992), was a production designer for Disney'sAtlantis: The Lost Empire(2001), and was the visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro onBlade II(2002),Hellboy(2004), andHellboy II: The Golden Army(2008). Mike's books have earned numerous awards and are published in a great many countries. Mike lives in Southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.