Monday, April 20, 2020

SpongeBob SquarePants Chillingly Reimagined by Hellboy Creator Mike Mignola

SpongeBob SquarePants is one of the most popular cartoon characters in the modern era, as the late Stephen Hillenburg's creation has been enjoyed by viewers of all ages for over 20 years. Hellboy creator Mike Mignola recently decided to take his own spin on the characters of SpongeBob and the results are chilling.

SpongeBob SquarePants first debuted on Nickelodeon back in 1999, becoming a huge hit for the network. The show still runs new episodes to this day and has had multiple film adaptions, with SpongeBob, Patrick, Mr. Krabs, Squidward and the gang becoming even more relevant thanks to internet culture and memes. Meanwhile, Hellboy first debuted back in 1993, with Mignola's acclaimed Dark Horse Comics series being adapted, like SpongeBob, into multiple movies, animated films, and in video games. While the two series couldn't be more tonally different, Mignola decided to bring his trademark style to the SpongeBob universe.

Mignola has been very active in posting some seriously amazing sketches during his self-quarantine. He's tackled everything from robot creations of his own characters to cereal mascots - with proceeds from sketch sales going to the World Central Kitchen to provide meals for those who need it. On Sunday evening, Mignola showcased some of his recent sketches with an unexpected twist, as he drew multiple SpongeBob characters, starting with this chilling drawing of the titular character and his best friend Patrick.

Patrick's face is nightmare fuel - but in the best possible way. The sketch also got a thumbs up from SpongeBob SquarePants showrunner Vincent Waller, who replied saying "Love it".

Mignola also posted a sketch of Squidward, Mr. Krabs and the villainous Plankton.

Mignola also took a stab at drawing Sandy, Gary, and of King Neptune.

Mignola's drawings might be completely unexpected, but they look stellar. His style of using thin lines, heavy shadows, and unique body proportions lend itself perfectly to the characters of the SpongeBob universe. SpongeBob characters in Mignola's style are frankly, brilliant. While it's doubtful it would ever happen, if Mignola ever released a one-shot SpongeBob comic with this type of art, it would be an incredible read.

How would the world of SpongeBob SquarePants change if it was drawn and written by Mignola? For starters, maybe SpongeBob might still live in a pineapple, but instead of it being under the sea, it's in Hell. An R-rated spin on the children's classic might be highly unlikely, but these drawings are the closest thing readers will get to a SpongeBob SquarePants/Hellboy mash-up nobody asked for until these sketches were made public.

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Original source: ScreenRant.
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