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Celebrate Hellboy Day By Winning HELLBOY: THE FIRST 20 YEARS and Hellboy Chocolates!

As we told you last week, tomorrow is one of the greatest holidays in the land: Hellboy Day! Mike Mignola’s seminal comic book series is celebrating its twentieth (!) anniversary, and Dark Horse wants to commemorate the event in style by holding an international celebration of all things Hellboy at comic book shops across the land. Well, tomorrow is the big day, and much like those kids in the Disneyland commercials, we’re too excited to sleep (even though it’s midday; bear with me). So, rather than rest on our laurels and stare at the cruel, slow-as-molasses hands of the clock until it strikes midnight, we’re kicking off the Hellboy Day celebration a little bit early with a hellaciously rad giveaway!

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Five (5) grand prize winners will receive a hardcover copy of Hellboy: The First Twenty Years and a limited edition Hellboy-themed chocolate bar created by chocolatier Richard Ruskell exclusively for Hellboy Day.

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Fifteen (15) runner-ups will receive a copy of Hellboy: The First Twenty Years, but no chocolate bar. But maybe if you attend the Hellboy Day event at Meltdown Comics in Los Angeles, you’ll be able to snag one.

In order to enter to win, you must do the following:

1) Comment below with your favorite Hellboy story or memory. (Note: when prompted by the comment box, please supply a valid e-mail address so we can contact you if you win)

2) Be a legal U.S. resident. Sorry, international friends, but them’s the breaks.

Winners will be selected by Wednesday, March 26th and notified via e-mail, so make sure you enter by midnight on Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 for a chance to win. Honestly, though, we’re having Mike Mignola on the Nerdist Podcast on April 7th, so no matter how this contest shakes out, we all win.

You’ve got your marching orders, hellions! Get commenting and make sure to find out how you can celebrate all things Hellboy tomorrow for Hellboy Day!

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  • P.S. Here’s a tip for all the Mignolaverse fans out there:

    Find a copy of Alex Wurman’s instrumental song “Going Crazy Coast to Coast” from the soundtrack to “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind”.

    Listen to the song on a loop while reading anything related to Hellboy and the BPRD. It completely encapsulates the feeling of doom & dread and provides perfect ambiance from the stories, and the end of the song puts a wonderful button on the end of those classic HB one-shots.

    I never read Mignola without that song.

  • A long, long time ago, at a comic convention far away, I met Mike Mignola and asked him to draw a picture of Apocalypse for me. While he was drawing, he was talking about this new monster detective character he was working on. He even had a few sketches. Damnit, I wish I had asked for one of those instead.

  • I think my favorite moment is when Hellboy quits the BPRD at the end of the Conquer Worm story arc. Hellboy has always fought his destiny to be the tool of the apocalypse, and how could he maintain that integrity if he didn’t quit an organization that planted a bomb in Roger’s chest. Its moments like this that exemplify why everyone in the BPRD respected and admired him.

  • The short story in Japan “Heads” is one of my favorites. It doesn’t involve a lot of punching, but it is a great example of how hilariously dumb the supernatural can be in the Hellboy universe.

  • I’ve read almost every Hellboy/BPRD universe story there is, including several of the novels. It’s my absolute favorite comic franchise of all time. To this day nothing–I mean NOTHING–compares to the level of detail and craftsmanship that goes into those books.

    The story that still epitomizes the Hellboy universe for me is the first Hellboy story I ever read: The Wolves of Saint August.

    Hellboy arrives in the empty old world town of Griart to find out where everyone went & why, and what happened to his friend, Father Kelly. While there, he uncovers a centuries old secret.

    The story introduced me to Hellboy, Kate, and the BPRD, as well as Mignola’s artwork and his methodical world building. With his expert use of shadow and sparse dialogue… no one can “say more with less” quite like Mike Mignola can.

  • Hellboy and the BPRD are some of the best stories in comics. Mignola has been a huge artistic influence for me over the years, and I look forward to anything and everything Hellboy!

  • My best friend Andrew dressed up as Hellboy for Halloween nine years ago, in college. The costume was super-elaborate, not Rick Baker-flawless but IMPRESSIVE. The Fist of Doom was to scale and highly detailed. My friend was covered in red paint. Fake sideburns. Trench coat. A tail. And most importantly, The Good Samaritan.

    Andrew went to a party college that treated Halloween like Mardi Gras. After the hours required to put on his costume, we hit the town. A glorious time was had by all. People constantly stopped him for pictures, he got lots of free beer (that benefited all of us out with him), but the thing that sticks out the most in my mind is seeing fraternity-type men actually stop hollering and throwing beads at topless or soon-to-be-topless women to say “Oh shit! It’s HELLBOY”

  • my favorite memory would have to be winning a costume contest as hellboy! seeing one of my favorite actors play one of my favorite comic book characters is high on the list as well as the goon with hellboy in it I also liked the hellboy gets married that came out in dhp.

  • My favorite moment was not actually on the movie, but when my 4-yr-old son looked away from the tv and declared that he had a new favorite hero and movie!!!

  • Fave moment was opening this crazy looking book and being enthralled. Okay, I can’t think of a favorite moment honestly, but god I love this book.

  • There is something truly spectacular about those moments when you see Hellboy, the supposed destroyer of all that is, in his room surrounded by kittens.

    The juxtaposition makes me smile every time.

  • My favorite story? It has to be, hands down, The Bride of Hell. I love it because of the story that the Monk tells, the one about how King Solomon went about building his temple, it’s something that cannot, to me, be compared to any other.

  • I had an old high school buddy that worked in a comic shop briefly; but right around when Hellboy debuted. I still remember him pulling me aside and telling me “no SERIOUSLY, check this out. You’ll thank me.”

    THANKS JEFF!

  • Most important moment would have to be when Hellboy saves the infant version of Alice! “Time travel” elements are always interesting, especially when one character becomes a sort-of human wormhole.

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