I think Mike Mignola is one of the most exciting creators in modern comics.
First, because his work is so powerful and unique and second, for carving out an equally unique and successful niche for himself in the modern cut-throat world of comics. Not only has he drawn and written countless graphic novels in the last 20 years, he’s also had several successful Hellboy spinoffs series like BPRD, Abe Sapien and Lobster Johnson, plus 2 Hellboy feature films and 2 animation films! When you talk about modern comic geniuses Mike has to be up there with the best of them. So it's strange and interesting to think that this comic luminary started out as a lowly inker for Marvel comics in the early 80's!