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The Amazing ‘Star Wars’ Concept Art of Designer Ralph McQuarrie

Star Wars concept art by Ralph McQuarrie

'Star Wars' illustrator and designer Ralph McQuarrie is responsible for some of the most iconic imagery in the pop culture and the history of movies. McQuarrie designed the look of many of the Star Wars characters including Darth Vader, C-3PO, R2-D2 and the Stormtroopers, as well as locations like the Death Star and Tattooine. In fact, it was McQuarrie's artwork that eventually sold 20th Century Fox on the idea of letting George Lucas actually make a 'Star Wars' movie.

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Happy Presidents’ Day! Here’s 14 Captains America, Courtesy of Kris Anka

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Kris Anka is drawing a different version of Steve Rogers, the original Captain America, every day this month, and posting the results to his Tumblr at the end of each week. As we're just over halfway through the month, and as it's Presidents' Day in the U.S. of A., we thought our American readers would get a patriotic thrill from admiring Anka's daily Caps thus far. They're great sketches that offer a little taste of what a Captain America version of Spider-Verse might look like.

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Exclusive: New ‘Women of Marvel’ Covers by Vanesa Del Rey, Sara Richard and Marguerite Sauvage

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March's 'Women of Marvel' covers in celebration of Women's History Month are a great showcase of some of the most talented artists in the business --- and hopefully a promise that these women will be overwhelmed with Marvel work in the months that follow! Thus far we've seen covers from Amanda Conner, Gurihiru, Stephanie Hans, Katie Cook, Ming Doyle, Stacey Lee, Erica Henderson, Colleen Doran, and many more. Now we can add three more names to the roster, with covers by Vanesa R. Del Rey, Sara Richard, and Marguerite Sauvage.

Del Rey provides the scary/sexy cover for Black Widow #16, Sauvage offers a blast of pop art perfection for All-New Captain America #5, and Richard conjures a blast of another kind for Deadpool #43, guest starring a Deadpoolian take on one of Squirrel Girl's unbeatable buddies.

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Valentine’s Day 2015

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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, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.

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#DCBend: Doyle, Quinones, Henderson & Friends Cast Famous Faces As Gender-Swapped DC Universe

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A group of comic artists including The Kitchen's Ming Doyle (artist site), Unbeatable Squirrel Girl's Erica Henderson (artist site), Howard the Duck's Joe Quinones, (artist site) and Where Is Jake Ellis's Jordan Gibson (artist site) recently came together to brainstorm and illustrate some of their favorite celebrities for #DCBend, a Tumblr-based fancast of the heroes and villains of the DCU with women in male roles and men in female roles.

While the concept of gender-swapped casting and fan art for comic movies is not a new one, DCBend has lead to some really inspired choices by some of the rising stars of comics. Check out the entire gallery, including some that are debuting for the first time on ComicsAlliance.

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‘Tumblr Kart’ Reimagines Artists As Mario Kart Racers And — WHO THREW THAT BLUE SHELL I WILL DESTROY YOU

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Ah, Mario Kart. Nothing has provided more people with hours of enjoyable entertainment and friendship-ruining arguments over who threw that Blue Shell and why you had to wait until I was just about to cross the finish line you unbelievable dick, that's so cheap, you need to leave, no I'm not kidding, get out.

Uh... sorry. Point is, Mario Kart rules, and now we have one more reason to love it: It inspired Tumblr user jetgreguar to kick off a fun project where artists drew self-portraits as Mario Kart racers! The results have been fantastic, so we've picked out a few of our favorites that we want to see battling it out on Rainbow Road.

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A Whole New World of Creativity: Elsa Charretier on ‘The Infinite Loop,’ A Sci-Fi Story About Women In Love [Interview]

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IDW's new book The Infinite Loop, out in April, came from the minds of two French comic creators, writer Pierrick Colinet and artist Elsa Charretier. Colinet and Charretier crowdfunded the first three issues of their comic in Europe, but had their eye on releasing the book in the US due to its adaptability to the American comics market. A sci-fi story about time travel and women in love, The Infinite Loop has a catchy hook, but is even better in execution. It's a book that is a clear collaboration between creators who passionately love the story and are working to execute it in the best way possible.

A few months ago, we spoke with Charretier for our ongoing column Hire This Woman. Now that this woman has, in fact, been hired, we sat down with her again to talk about The Infinite Loop in more detail, including the process and inspiration behind the comic.

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Exclusive: Michael Zulli And Francesco Francavilla Take On Wonder Woman For ‘Sensation Comics’ Covers

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ComicsAlliance readers get an exclusive first look at the latest covers for DC Digital's next two print editions of Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, featuring the Amazonian warrior brought to life by Michael Zulli and Francesco Francavilla. The stories feature cats, dragons, Lois Lane, and a pop starlet, but the covers offer two other visions of DC's most formidable hero.

Zulli, best known for his stunning painted work on Sandman, portrays his Wonder Woman armored up and ready for battle on the cover for Sensation Comics #10. For issue #9, cover artist superstar and Black Beetle creator Francavilla offers a glamorous pop-art inspired '60s take on the hero.

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Hellboy, Zelda, Space Jam, Corto Maltese, Generation X 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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Free Stuff: Mondo’s ‘Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm’ 20th Anniversary Poster Signed by Bruce Timm & Dana Delany

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Two Christmases ago marked the 20th anniversary Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, a film that’s arguably its creators’ most perfect expression of their enduringly influential animated vision of DC Comics’ dark knight — a vision that many believe is the most perfect expression of Batman in any medium. While Warner Bros. has yet to announce any plans for a high definition reissue or any other offerings connected with the special occasion, the film fanatics at Mondo — purveyors of extremely fine illustrated film posters and other cinematic celebrations — decided to honor Mask of the Phantasm with an anniversary event in connection with the famous Alamo Drafthouse of Austin, Texas, where they screened the film in its original 35mm format for a sold-out house. As always, Mondo came prepared with an extremely limited quantities of an original screen-printed poster, which serves as an update of the film’s original theatrical one-sheet and an homage to the aesthetic legacy of co-directors Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski’s work. Naturally, being a Mondo release, the poster is no longer on sale except on the collectors' market, where it fetches hundreds.

Now, ComicsAlliance was in attendance that night in Austin, and we were lucky enough to procure a variant edition of the poster -- illustrated by Phantom City Creative -- to offer to our readers in this giveaway contest. It took us quite a while, but we finally tracked down Timm as well as Andrea Beaumont herself, actor Dana Delany, who graciously signed the poster in the presence of former CA editor Andy Khouri, making this a truly one of a kind collectible.

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