As far as creative pairings go, it's hard to beat the combination of Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and A Series of Unfortunate Events author Lemony Snicket. That's what fans are getting as Mignola and Snicket join forces for a new annotated edition of Carlo Collodi's classic Pinocchio novel.
This new edition of Pinocchio will feature more than 50 illustrations drawn by Mignola, giving the story a very different vibe from the one popularized by Disney's Pinocchio movies. Snicket, meanwhile, is writing the roughly 100 pages of annotations, presented in the story as Snicket's typewritten personal journals as the story slowly drives him insane. The full-color images are colored by Mignola's frequent Hellboy partner Dave Stewart.
If that sounds appealing, check out the slideshow gallery below to see several exclusive pages from Pinocchio: The Illuminated Edition:
"Pinocchio is the sort of novel which is already living in a shady, shivery corner of the mind when every reader is born," Snicket tells IGN. "You cannot really read Pinocchio. You can only be reminded of the jumpy, terrifying tale about which you were already secretly thinking. Pinocchio is the sort of novel which sneaks into the mind like tea into water. The water is never the same–and the tea gets stronger as time passes."
Mignola adds, "Pinocchio is a weird novel, and it’s dark, and that’s what I love about it. It's pretty much what I do.”
Pinocchio: The Illuminated Edition is published by Beehive Books and is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter. Backers can pledge for either digital or physical editions of the book, along with extras like an enamel Pinocchio pin or other volumes in the Illuminated Edition series.
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