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Exclusive: Hope Larson Teams with Rebecca Mock for High Seas Adventure in ‘Compass South’

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Hope Larson, the award-winning cartoonist behind A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel, has teamed up with illustrator Rebecca Mock for Compass South, the first book in the planned middle-grade graphic novel series telling the story of a pair of young twins in 19th century New York who tumble into a world of piracy, adventure, and hidden treasure. ComicsAlliance has an exclusive first look at Rebecca Mock's wonderful cover, introducing the characters Cleopatra and Alexander.

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Dan Hipp’s Swords And Sorcery-Inspired Designs For ‘Teen Titans Go: Campfire Stories’ Are As Rad As They Sound

Teen Titans Go Designs by Dan Hipp

There are a lot of great things about Teen Titans Go --- its commitment to burrito-based storytelling, for instance --- but one of the best is most definitely the presence of Dan Hipp. He's been the show's art director since its return to Cartoon Network in 2013, and while his signature style most often crops up in backgrounds or as part of quick gags, occasionally he gets to take the spotlight.

That's exactly what happened in last month's 'Campfire Stories', an episode following the time-honored tradition of each character telling a different scary story that was presented in a different art style. For Raven's story, Hipp redesigned the characters to look like sword-and-sorcery fantasy heroes, and as you might expect, they're awesome. Now, he's posted some of the designs on his Tumblr, and if you haven't seen them already, they're great.

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Anatomy of a Cover: Archaia’s ‘Americatown’ #1 by Mike Choi

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Have you ever wondered how an artist settles on the right image to place on the cover of a comic? Which elements to include, what's important, and how to show it?

Americatown is a new Archaia series from The Americans screenwriter Bradford Winters, Borgias screenwriter Larry Cohen, and newcomer artist Daniel Irizarri, which tells the story of Americans fleeing a collapsed economy to build new lives in a Buenos Aires slum. It's a story about family, politics, and poverty, and the challenge of devising a single image to capture the mood and intent of that tale fell on cover artist Mike Choi. In this feature, Choi reveals his process in putting that cover together.

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Eddie Campbell and the Mythology of Minutiae

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Detail from a self-portrait by Eddie Campbell

Eddie Campbell was born on this day in 1955. Comics' greatest raconteur, Campbell has been chronicling memories, spinning yarns, and chasing trains of thought since the early 80s, influencing entire generations of creators along the way.

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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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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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Best Breyfogle Ever (This Week): Five Favorite Images From ‘Legends Of The Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle’ Vol. 1

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Very few artists are as strongly identified with a particular time in a character's history as Norm Breyfogle is with the Batman of the late '80s and early '90s. In a lot of ways, it was a look that defined the era, full of heavy shadows, high drama, and even a little bit of comedy.

Last week, DC released a hardcover collection of Breyfogle's earliest work on Batman with Legends of the Dark Knight: Norm Breyfogle, and to mark the occasion, I went through it for the very difficult task of picking out five of my favorite images from over 500 pages of comics, highlighting some of his best work.

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Ahead Of His Time: The Genius of ‘Rocketeer’ Creator Dave Stevens

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Today marks the birthday of Dave Stevens, who is, without question, one of the greatest artists in the history of comic books. Best known for creating the Rocketeer --- and for the sexy, pinup-inspired art that made him a fan favorite and helped spark the revival of interest in Bettie Page --- Stevens had a career that was marked by amazing projects, including work doing storyboards for Raiders of the Lost Ark and the music video for Michael Jackson's "Thriller," two of the biggest pop culture phenomena of the '80s. It's in comics, though, that he made his biggest mark.

Tragically, Stevens died in 2008, but he left behind an amazing legacy of stories of high adventure, romance, and action, which holds up over thirty years later as innovative, compelling, and absolutely beautiful.

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Thumbnail: For Phil Jimenez, More is Always More

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There’s an anecdote told in a trade for DC’s weekly series 52. In an issue halfway through the run, Phil Jimenez was given a page breakdown from Keith Giffen that asked him to draw seven statues of fallen members of the JLA as part of the background, as a visual reminder of all that the team had lost over the years.

Jimenez, taking a look at this breakdown, presumably nodded to himself that this was a good idea, and included every single deceased member of the JLA who had ever existed in the scene instead.

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Kyle Latino Reimagines Jack Kirby’s New Gods As A Western, And It’s Awesome

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Sometimes, amazing things can come out of casual conversations. That's what happened this weekend when Luke Herr was plotting out an RPG campaign based around the idea of retelling Jack Kirby's classic Fourth World saga as a western, full of gun-slinging cowboys and steam-powered parademons battling it out in a town called Hope, and artist Kyle Latino stepped up to do some redesigns for what they began calling "The 4th West."

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