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Andy Hirsch Takes Squabbling Siblings To The Old West In ‘Varmints’ [Exclusive]

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The Old West probably wasn't a great place to be a kid, but that's never stopped it seeming like the perfect place for kids to have adventures. That's certainly part of the appeal of Andy Hirsch's upcoming middle-grade graphic novel Varmints, from First Second. Originally created as a webcomic, Varmints sees the bickering brother-and-sister team of Opie and Ned using all their wits to take on a crime kingpin in an effort to avenge their Ma.

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Mondo Kicks Off 2016 With Two New Prints From The Dark Knight

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Since the close of last year, it's been all quiet on the Mondo front. After the bit Marvel art show and subsequent print sale in mid-December, poster and art junkies have been eagerly awaiting the first glimpse at Mondo's plans for 2016. Not only is the Austin art house bringing its first new pieces out today, they also happen to be based on a little movie you might have heard of called The Dark Knight.

The Dark Knight, and Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy in general, have long been a favorite for Mondo's artists. There have been more than a dozen different prints featuring the Nolan-helmed features since Batman Begins arrived a decade ago. While you might think there aren't many new things to do with a poster for The Dark Knight, that's not the case, and these new pieces by Laurent Durieux and Mike Mitchell show there's still plenty of creative territory to be mined.

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Spiff Up Your Shelves With Chris Schweizer’s Papercraft ‘Sherlock Holmes’ Playset

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Yesterday was the Twelfth Day of Christmas, which means the holiday season has officially come to an end. Sad to say, but you should have taken down all your decorations now --- and, should you be lucky enough to have a True Love in your life, figure out what to do with all these birds, drummers, pipers and maids a-milking. And if you printed out and built Chris Schweizer's elaborate papercraft Nativity scene, that can leave a hole your bookshelf.

But don't fret! Your home decor doesn't have to be Schweizer-free for long. He's cooked up another papercraft playset based on Sherlock Holmes, for year-round deductive fun.

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Boom’s Big Year: Looking Back At Boom’s 10th Anniversary Covers

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Boom Studios had an impressive 2015, thanks to a stong roster of new titles by exceptionally talented creators --- with standouts that include Welcome Back, The Fiction, Cognetic, Curb Stomp, Diesel, The Spire, Wild's End, and... well, you get the picture. It was a good year.

Tthat must come as a relief to the publisher, because this was also Boom's tenth year in the business, and that put those folks in a partying mood. One notable way they marked the anniversary was with special variant covers that celebrated both their books and the artists working on them. As the clock ticks down on 2015, we've collected the covers together in one gallery for you to enjoy.

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DC Reveals ‘Adult Coloring Book’ Variants For January’s Titles

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Okay, first of all, that's not what we mean by "adult." Get your mind out of the gutter.

No, these are variant covers for DC's January titles that are jumping on the hot new trend of coloring books marketed to adults. It might sound a little childish, but the act of taking crayons to a piece of paper can be really soothing and help manage anxiety. The only real problem with them is that unlike their kid-oriented counterparts, the ones marketed towards grown-ups tend to suffer from a distinct lack of superheroes, instead relying heavily on boring ol' geometric patterns and shapes. Shapes! Who in the world is relaxed by shapes?!

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Udon Rereleases ‘Refreshed’ Versions of Capcom Tribute Art Books, Including Mega Man, Street Fighter And More

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Ah, art books! They're like comics, but without some goofball writer showing up and running his mouth all over the real attraction, and if you're looking for a good one, you can't find a whole lot that are better than Udon Entertainment's line of Capcom Tribute books. Unfortunately, they've been out of print for a while, but now, following up the release of the Fighting Game Tribute, Udon's earlier offerings are coming back in print in a series of new hardcovers.

The "Refreshed" editions of Mega Man Tribute, Street Fighter Tribute and Darkstalkers Tribute are available now, and if you're the kind of person who buys art books based on Capcom video games, that's probably all you need to know. If, however, you'd like to see what's in store --- including art by Bryan Lee O'Malley, Adam Hughes and more --- check out a sample below!

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Udon Unveils New Hardcovers Of Osamu Tezuka Character Designs

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To say that we could all learn a few things from Osamu Tezuka is underselling it quite a bit. In a 40-year career that saw him become one of the world's most prolific and beloved comics creators --- not to mention one that was so influential that he earned the nickname "The God of Manga" from readers across the world --- he produced some of the most memorable stories in the medium. Now, it seems like there's a push to get more of his work published on this side of the Pacific, and the latest part of that is coming from Udon Entertainment with two hardcover collections of his sketches and designs.

This week, Udon released Osamu Tezuka: Anime Character Illustrations and Osamu Tezuka: Manga and Anime Character Sketchbook, totaling 368 pages of his designs for projects like Astro Boy, Kimba the White Lion, and more. The books are available now, but if you want to see what's involved, check out a preview of both below!

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Comics Alliance Best of 2015: Best Cover of 2015

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Our judges have adjudicated; our readers have voted. We’re proud to present to you the best cover of 2015 — and four great runners up.

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Jason Fischer Shares The Life Of A Drawing Assistant In ‘Seconds Helping’

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If you read Bryan Lee O'Malley's 2014 graphic novel Seconds --- and given that it was one of the most anticipated comics of that year, chances are you did --- then one of the first things you may have noticed that differentiated it from Scott Pilgrim was that O'Malley wasn't the one-man band he was on his name-making graphic novel series.

While O'Malley still wrote and penciled all of Seconds, the title page credits three other contributors: colorist Nathan Fairbairn, letterer Dustin Harbin, and drawing assistant Jason Fischer. Those first two job titles will be familiar to anyone who has followed mainstream American comics, as they're among the handful of credits that appear in most of the books created in the chopped-up, parceled-out system established in the Golden Age. But "drawing assistant"...? What exactly is a drawing assistant? Jason Fischer himself answers that with Seconds Helping: A Drawing Assistant's Memoir Comic.

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Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt on their Swashbuckling Artistic Process for ‘Princeless’ [Interview]

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With the release of Princeless: The Pirate Princess, creator Jeremy Whitley really started to take his all-ages princess-power series and boost it deep into the consciousness of the comics community. Following Raven, the aforementioned Princess of the High Seas, as she gangs up forces with two other princesses, the third volume of the story was drawn by the team of Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt in their first ever published work.

That's a hugely impressive feat, especially given that they had to jump straight in on a continuing series after two volumes, and keep pace with a world of dragons, swashbuckling and piracy. They don't have a simple artist-colorist sort of arrangement, either --- both of them alternate back and forth throughout the creative process. With Princeless proving to be one of the breakout books from Action Lab of the last few years (as well as one of our most-recommended comics for kids on this very site), ComicsAlliance spoke to Higgins and Brandt about their artistic process.

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