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Take A Break With Strangely Katie’s Calming and Restful Tea Dragons

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New Zealand illustrator Strangely Katie struck on a brilliant idea when she conjured up her first batch of tea dragons as a set of "doodles." These quirky beasts capture the essential qualities of different types of tea --- floral, smoky, restful, robust --- mixed up with touches of real-life animals like dogs, cats, otters, and anteaters.

Something about these docile and domesticated creatures clearly resonates with dedicated tea-drinkers everywhere, because Katie's tea dragon posts on Tumblr have racked up hundreds of shares and likes, and Katie is now working on a short comic that will allow readers to explore the world of the tea dragons.

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Exclusive: Earn Your Hardcore Fan Merit Badge With ‘Lumberjanes To The Max’ in November

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I was in the happy position of sitting at the same table as the Boom Studios/Lumberjanes team when they scooped up two Eisner Awards at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, for best new series and best publication for teens. The team seemed surprised and overwhelemed, but to everyone else in that hall it must have felt like an inevitable moment of truly deserved recognition for a landmark series that showcased exciting new talents and brought a flood of new readers into comics.

Now Boom is recognizing Lumberjanes' accomplishment in its own way with a beautiful hardcover collection of the first eight issues; Lumberjanes To The Max.

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Get A First Look at Gaiman and Buckingham’s Remastered ‘Miracleman’ #1 [Preview]

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The complicated history of Miracleman reaches its long-delayed resolution in September with the launch of Miracleman #1, by Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham. The issue kicks off Gaiman and Buckinham's 'Golden Age' storyline, remastered from the original artwork with colors by D'Israeli and lettering by Todd Klein. Later issues will continue and complete the 'Silver Age' and 'Dark Age' storylines. The first issue also features covers from Joe Quesada, Simone Bianchi, and a jam cover from Miracleman veterans Garry Leach, Jon Totleben, Alan Davis and Rick Veitch.

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Death’s Exes Go Head-to-Head in ‘Deadpool Vs Thanos’ [Preview]

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Deadpool and Thanos have something in common; they're both in love with death. Sorry; Death --- the anthropomorphic personifcation of death. In fact, they've both dated her. That certainly gives Death's two ex-boyfriends something to talk about, and in Tim Seeley and Elmo Bondoc's upcoming Deadpool Vs Thanos four-issue series, it looks like they'll be doing most of the talking with their fists. Or guns. Or explosions. But it looks like they'll have to work together when their mutual paramour goes AWOL.

Yes, Death is missing. It's going to get violent. Check out the covers and unlettered preview pages below, featuring a surprise appearance by... Doctor Doom?

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The Straightwashing of Hercules and How Marvel Keeps Failing LGBTQ Readers

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The mythological demigod Hercules is bisexual. How you feel about that fact doesn't change the fact; the myths of antiquity have told us that Hercules loved women and men alike. Lustfulness is at the core of his character, and Hercules' appetites aren't limited by gender.

Like many ancient myths, and like much of history, Hercules' stories have been bowdlerized by those who think same-sex relationships are sinful. Audiences introduced to the character through the Disney cartoon, the Kevin Sorbo TV show, the Dwayne Johnson movie, or the Marvel comics have good reason to think the character is heterosexual, because that's all they've ever seen. But that doesn't make it true. Hercules is bisexual. To deny that fact is to participate in the erasure of same-sex relationships on the grounds of a narrow and prescriptive morality.

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Tieri and Pizzari Keep It Weirdworld in New ‘Black Knight’ Ongoing Series

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Following the news of a Hercules relaunch earlier this week, Marvel has unveiled a second upcoming solo series starring an Avenger with a European mythological bent; Dane Whitman, the Black Knight, will star in his own ongoing series from the creative team of Frank Tieri and Luca Pizzari.

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Marvel Announces Abnett & Ross’s ‘Hercules’; Is He The Bear Hero We Deserve?

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Hercules is getting another shot at an ongoing solo title this winter, courtesy of the creative team of writer Dan Abnett and artist Luke Ross. Debuting in November, the new series positions the hairy-chested demigod as a hero trying to recapture the glories of his past as a celebrated champion (not the glories of his past as a celebrated Champion). The series also sees Herc with a militarized new look courtesy of Ross.

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Sketchbook Spotlight: The Art of Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner

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Convention season is well under way, offering fans the chance to come face to face with their favorite artists, and offering artists a chance to meet the people their art has inspired. Conventions are also a chance for fans to show their appreciation by commissioning original pieces featuring some of their favorite characters, and every convention produces a feast of amazing works that deserve to be shared with a wider audience. With Sketchbook Spotlight, we’re picking out some of the best.

Evan 'Doc' Shaner is probably best known to fans as an artist who loves to celebrate the two-fisted pulp joy and derring-do of superheroes --- a love exemplified in his work on Flash Gordon at Dynamite, and his too-brief turn drawing the Big Red Cheese in Convergence: Shazam. It also comes through in his sketches, and we've collected a few favorites here, including commissions, warm-ups, and personal pieces. We also asked Shaner to participate in our short Sketchbook Spotlight Q&A.

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Great Warrior Powers Up in Madeleine Flores’ ‘Help Us! Great Warrior’ #6 [Preview]

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Boom Box's print version of Madeleine Flores' webcomic Help Us, Great Warrior sadly reaches its conclusion next week with issue #6. The series tells the charming tale of a brave (and great!) warrior who looks kinda like a jellybean, who protects a whole village full of people who look kinda like jellybeans from all sorts of terrible and wonderfully designed threats.

As the final issue opens, Great Warrior and the villagers have been dumped into the dark land of Demonside. The situation looks bleak for our bean-shaped pals, but Great Warrior has one last awesome power up in her pocket that may be enough to save the day. (It's a metaphorical pocket; I don't think she has any actual pockets.)

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Joe Phillips’ ‘Silver Screen Heroes’ Imagines an Old Hollywood Take on Superhero Movies

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Joe Phillips' table in Artists' Alley is always an essential stop for me at San Diego Comic Con. The former Heretic and Superboy artist is one of the only guys at any comics show who can always be counted on for a great selection of quality beefcake pin-ups that rival the cheesecake that's so prevalent on other artists' tables. If you're in the market for a coquettish Angel, or a stripping Steve Rogers, Joe Phillips is your man.

But this year Phillips had something new on his table --- and so incredibly camp that it may appeal to much of the same audience that loves the hero beefcake. Phillips has taken some of the biggest stars from the Golden Age of Hollywood and cast them as some of the biggest names in superhero comics, to give fans a vision of what these movies might have looked like in another era.

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