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Hire This Woman: Artist Alison Sampson

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In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”

Architect and artist Alison Sampson is relatively new to the world of comics, but has done work for both IDW Publishing and Image. In addition to her Image one-shot Genesis with writer Nathan Edmondson (on sale this week), Sampson is also working on the comic Winnebago Graveyard with writer Steve Niles for Black Mask.

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Mondo Presents Mike Mitchell’s New Marvel Portraits In Special Gallery Show

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Purveyors of extremely fine illustrated film posters and other cinematic and pop cultural celebrations (such as the Batman: Mask of the Phantasm 20th anniversary screening), Mondo has announced its next comic book-inspired event will be an exhibition of portraits of Marvel Comics characters illustrated by artist Mike MItchell. Running from April 25 through May 17 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas, Mitchell's show, officially called “Mike Mitchell x Marvel x Mondo,” will include pieces inspired by the Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man and more.  Read on for an exclusive peek at some of the excellent pieces on offer.

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There Is No One Way to Live Or Die: ‘Daytripper: The Deluxe Edition’ Sketchbook [Exclusive Art]

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Originally serialized in ten issues by Vertigo throughout 2010, Daytripper has since become known as the master work of Brazilian cartoonists and brothers Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon. The gorgeously illustrated Daytripper employs (and in some cases innovates) the special language of comics to ends that are at once uplifting and devastating, creating a truly emotional journey into the soul of a man whose life, loves and home seem as intimate as your own.

Daytripper's original issues won Eisner, Harvey and Eagle Awards, and its paperback collection became a New York Times bestseller. Soon to be available as a hardcover for the first time in the US, Vertigo's Daytripper: The Deluxe Edition recompiles the story in an oversized edition with improved paper stock, a wraparound cover and a behind-the-scenes section containing sketches, layouts and other artwork by Bá and Moon from throughout the Daytripper creative process. Courtesy of Vertigo, ComicsAlliance is pleased to present an advanced look at that very special material in the gallery below.

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‘Green Lantern: The Animated Series’ Producer Giancarlo Volpe Explains Focus Groups In New Comic

Art by Giancarlo Volpe, http://giancarlovolpe.tumblr.com

In his time working in animation, Giancarlo Volpe has worked on some of my all-time favorite cartoons. As a writer, director and animator, he worked on Avatar: The Last Airbender (including directing the pretty phenomenal series finale), King of the Hill, and most recently as the director of the JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time movie. As a result, you'd think he'd know a little something about how to make an exciting and enjoyable animated series, right? But it seems that even he can learn a lot from a focus group!

At least, that was the opinion of the studio during Volpe's time as the showrunner for Green Lantern: The Animated Series, when he attended his first focus group run by the studio. On his tumblr, Volpe recounted the experience in the form of a comic featuring an appearance by Bruce Timm, and to say the least, it does not sound like a fun time. Read a few pages below!

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Barry Blankenship’s Posters Are Bright, Poppy And Awesome

Art by Barry Blankenship, barrytheartguy.com

I've been thinking a lot about picking up some new art lately to decorate these old walls. I mean, don't worry, that framed theatrical poster for The Goonies ain't going nowhere, but I've had it for years and it's getting a little stale. Perhaps the Gooies r only Good Enuf.

Either way, I'm seriously considering decking out every flat surface in this place with the art of Barry Blankenship. His work is beautifully bright, fantastically clever, focused on detailed, poppy representations of stuff like Monster Squad, Scott Pilgrim and, of course, the Batman, and that means it's right up my alley. Check out a few of my favorites from his gallery below!

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The Comics Alliance Collection: Cool Stuff We (And You) Got This Week

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The ComicsAlliance staff is a diverse lineup writers, editors, artists, photographers and designers, but before we’re any of those things we’re simply fans. Appreciators. Collectors. Almost every day we share with each other via Instagram all the great books, toys, artwork, apparel, and other beautiful and/or inescapably cool objects we collect almost ceaselessly in comics stores, at conventions, and from all kinds of sources all over North America (and sometimes beyond). Displaying (i.e. showing off) some rad swag typically inspires everyone to one-up their pop-archeologist game in the never ending quest to find awesome stuff, and simply posting the week’s new comics usually causes someone to discover a new title or artist, which in turn inspires a whole new line of excavation.

In the past we’ve published photos of our “con hauls” here on CA and the resulting discussion with readers — i.e. collector kudos — has always been fun, so with the ComicsAlliance Collection we’re going to do it every week. But more importantly, we want to see your collection too. Show us new additions to your collections by using the hashtag #CAcollection on Instagram or tag us @ComicsAlliance and we’ll embed the best stuff alongside our own recent acquisitions.

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Darren Rawlings Imagines Pop Culture’s Most Famous Vehicles As Transformers

Art by Darren Rawlings, rawlsy.deviantart.com

If you've been reading ComicsAlliance for a while, you may already know that I'm not really a big fan of the Transformers. It's nothing specific against them, you understand, they just never clicked with me. I think part of the problem is that, as with so many things,they're just not Batman.

Fortunately, that is a problem that has now been solved. In a series of pretty fantastic pieces of art, Darren Rawlings has taken some of our favorite vehicles from comics, movies and TV, from the Batmobile to the ECTO-1 to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' Party Wagon, and imagined what they'd be like if they were Transformers. It's a pretty simple pop culture mashup, but it's also really awesome. Check out the best below!

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Sean Dove Kickstarts James Bond-Inspired ‘Last Days Of Danger’ Art Book

Goldfinger by Sean Dove

I've been getting back into James Bond movies pretty heavily over the past few months, but my interest in the world's most famous spy is clearly small change compared to Sean Dove. In December, Dove took on a project called "#Decembond," where he drew a piece of art inspired by all 23 James Bond movies. Now, he's collecting them all in a hardcover called Last Days of Danger and using Kickstarter to fund the printing.

At 56 pages, the book not only includes the art, but also commentary for each film based on Dove's experience watching them for the project, but really, that's just icing on the cake. The art alone is worth the price of admission.

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Fatale, Lana Del Rey, Iron Giant, Lobo, Audrey Hepburn and More

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, awnd some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.

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The ROM Remix Project Recreates ‘ROM: Spaceknight’ #1 To Raise Funds For Bill Mantlo

ROM Remix art by Super Ugly

ROM: Spaceknight is unquestionably one of my all-time favorite comics. Part of that is just because of how weird it is -- a licensed toy tie-in launched before G.I. Joe and Transformers for a line of action figures that only included exactly one toy that fleshed things out by dropping him straight into the Marvel Universe and ended up running for 75 issues, plus annuals -- but really, it's more because it was really good. Writer Bill Mantlo managed to take the bare minimum of source material and build something that was operatic and compelling, on par with anything else of the era.

Tragically, Mantlo -- also the co-creator of Rocket Raccoon -- was struck by a hit-and-run driver in 1992 and suffered a traumatic brain injury, bringing his comics writing career to a close and leaving him in need of constant care. There's been a surge of awareness about him lately, and the the latest is coming from Rob Harrington, whose ROM Remix Project has seen 20 artists re-creating the entirety of ROM #1 in an effort to lead more people to Mantlo and raise money for his ongoing care.

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