Just to get things straight: We are dedicated to covering the two planned Hobbit movies in brutal detail over the next three years or whatever. Even though it has nothing to do with comics. Why? Because we have a mission. You may not have figured that out yet, but we do.

Anyway, Guillermo del Toro continues to chat about the two upcoming Hobbit films, and our heart quickened when he mentioned he’d like to have Mike Mignola involved:

Q:Does Mike Mignola have any involvement with you on The Hobbit?
A:I hope and pray he joins us at the design stage for a week or two.

Personal to Mike: Radagast! Radagast!

Because it was an “online chat,” some of the questions were not of…professional caliber:
To which we could have answered, yes, there will be a truck that turns into a giant robot, a race of feisty teddy bears and a fellow with sharp claws of hard metal that extend from his wrists. Sadly, del Toro answered more realistically:

A:many many more and we will be pushing the goblin kindgom. we will be pushing smaug, the spiders of mirkwood. we will be pushing them to the edge of technology where we will fuse animatronics and cgi into a seamless new art form in creating creatures, i think.

Angmar! Angmar!

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  1. “Has this man ever read actual comic books? ”

    If I’d been drinking coffee when I read that, it would’ve been sprayed all over my keyboard and monitor. Luckily I’ve learned never to read The Beat and drink coffee.