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Hellboy creator Mike Mignola at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

Hellboy creator Mike Mignola at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

When visiting artist Mike Mignola — the creator of Hellboy — comes to Virginia Commonwealth University on Oct. 29, don’t expect a comic-con kind of vibe.

TyRuben Ellingson, chair of the Department of Communication Arts, wants to have a more academic conversation with Mignola, his friend and former colleague. He doesn’t want Mignola to have to answer the same old questions he’s asked at every interview or convention he attends.

Rather, Ellingson hopes the event, sponsored by the Department of Communication Arts and VCU Libraries, will be more about Mignola “as an artist who has developed from being what all of our students are: young, impressionable individuals with likes and dislikes.”

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