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Weekender: Sloane Leong, Marissa Meyer, Black Comics Month and ‘Saint for Rent’

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What a week! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sit back and read some comics. The weekend is finally here, and the world can relax and rest once more — but the comics industry has been busy too, you know, and the last seven days have seen a flurry of comics-based news and announcements fly past at high speed.

ComicsAlliance has got your back, though: when it comes to comics, we never slow down, and so here’s a look back and just what’s been going on. New comics, new stories, new hirings, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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One of a Kind: A Gallery Of Neal Adams’ Best DC Covers

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Neal Adams is one of those creators who has had --- and is still having --- such a profound effect on the medium of comics that it’s difficult to even know where to start talking about him. His work for DC Comics in the 60s and 70s was responsible for evolving our view of a number of characters, including Batman and Superman.

At 74 years of age, Adams is as eager as ever to tell new stories with DC’s biggest heroes, and this month sees the release of the first issue of his new six issue mini-series, Superman: The Coming of the Supermen. To mark the occasion, we've compiled a collection of his best DC cover art.

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Go Team Venture! : The Best Venture Bros Fan Art

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Let’s go ahead and get two things out of the way immediately. First, while the fan art I’ve collected for you here is all great, it goes without saying (but I’m going to say it anyway) that this is only a small portion of all the incredible Venture Bros. fan art that’s floating around out there in the wild of the internet. So if I left some of your favorites out, it just means I didn’t come across it or had to leave it out for one reason or another.

Second, if you’re familiar at all with the Venture Bros. then you probably have a very good idea why some characters and a lot of the fan art that’s out there for this show couldn’t be featured. You know who and what I’m talking about. (Sorry, Molotov.) Honestly, even some of the tamer stuff I could include is already pushing it. Even though it honors many of the tropes and trappings of some our favorite kid-friendly cartoons and characters, the Venture Bros. has always been a show for the grown-ups that grew up on those kid-friendly cartoons. Or, you know, teenagers and young adults who are kinda familiar with them thanks to Cartoon Network.

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Gotta Pat ‘Em All In Sean Dowling’s ‘The Pugemon Project’

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2016 sees the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, and the world is geared up for celebration, with digital re-releases of Pokémon Red and Blue, the augmented reality app Pokémon Go, and now, this fan-made art book of all 150 original Pokémon drawn to look like... adorable pugs!

The project, by Australian graphic designer and illustrator Sean Dowling, is live on Kickstarter now with a host of rewards including posters, art cards and a softcover book of all 150 titled “The Pugédex”.

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Steve Rude Covers ‘The Shield’ #2, And It’s Unsurprisingly Awesome [Preview]

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When Archie's Dark Circle imprint relaunched The Shield back in October, it did it with a pretty interesting premise. Victoria Adams is the Shield, and in a twist playing off the Shield's status as the first "patriotic" hero in comics, her career fighting for the United States of America goes all the way back to the Revolutionary War. Unfortunately, she's got a touch of the amnesia, and is being hunted by her enemies.

But aside from the story, it also brought a great new design for the character, and when the second issue finally drops on February 17, some of our all-time favorite artists are going to be taking a shot at it, including "The Dude" Steve Rude and Evan "Doc" Shaner, along with the nicknameless Wilfredo Torres and David Williams. Check it out right here, along with a preview!

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If You Choose To Look At The Cover For ‘Romeo And/or Juliet,’ Continue Reading

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Back when Ryan North launched his Kickstarter to publish To Be Or Not To Be, a chooseable-path version of William Shakespeare's Hamlet, he made the promise that if it was successful enough, he'd work on a similarly interactive version of Romeo & Juliet. Now, it's happening, and while we've known for a while that it's set to hit shelves this summer, today we have a brand new cover by Noelle Stevenson to go along with it.

And considering that it involves Romeo and Juliet battling a giant robot with buzzsaw hands and laser eyes, I think it's fair to say that once again, North has drastically improved on his source material. Plus, I think there's a distinct possibility that Romeo might become a Batman.

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Weekender: Jewel Kats, Yifan Ling, and ‘The Portrait of Sal Pullman’

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What a week! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sit back and read some comics. The weekend is finally here, and the world can relax and rest once more — but the comics industry has been busy too, and the last seven days have seen a flurry of comics-based news and announcements fly past at high speed. ComicsAlliance has got your back; when it comes to comics, we never slow down, so here’s a look back and just what’s been going on.

New comics, new stories, new hirings, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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IDW Reveals Cory Smith’s ‘TMNT’ Cover For Art Appreciation Month

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I'll admit that I'm a sucker for theme covers. Getting a whole month of comics that are all built around a similar aesthetic is always, always fun, and in April, IDW is launching Art Appreciation Month, with covers for all of their titles based on famous works of art.

Here at ComicsAlliance, we're pleased to exclusively reveal Cory Smith's cover for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, which has taken Leonardo da Vinci's famous Mona Lisa and dramatically improved it with the addition of ninja weaponry. It's pretty fantastic, but it does raise a pressing and immediate question: How are you going to do an homage to Leonardo da Vinci and not have it feature the ninja turtle who is actually named Leonardo?

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Farewell, Starman: Artists Pay Tribute to David Bowie

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The world was stunned and saddened when news broke late Sunday night that iconic rock star David Bowie had passed away at the age of 69 after an 18 month secret battle with cancer. Coming just two days after his birthday, and the release of what would be his final album, Blackstar, the news of his passing seemed especially shocking. It has since been confirmed that the timing of the release was very intentional on Bowie’s part, with the album being his final parting gift to his fans.

In admiration of David Bowie's boundless inspiration, we've showcased just a small sample of the countless creative works made in his honor.

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Weekender: Irene Koh, Comic Republic, And ‘Rosalie Lightning’

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What a week! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sit back and read some comics. The weekend is finally here, and the world can relax and rest once more --- but the comics industry has been busy too, and the last seven days have seen a flurry of comics-based news and announcements fly past at high speed. ComicsAlliance has got your back; when it comes to comics, we never slow down, so here’s a look back and just what’s been going on.

New comics, new stories, new hirings, new podcasts, new art being made --- it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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