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Let It In: The Best ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Fan Art

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Phil Noto

It’s the beginning of a new era for the Star Wars saga. Love the movies, loathe them, cherish them or criticize them, the undeniable fact is that when a new Star Wars movie comes out, the world pays attention. The concepts, stories, environments, and, of course, characters of the Star Wars universe provide a bountiful well of creativity which pervades culture around us. The well doesn’t always provide the best, but it does provide and Star Wars: The Force Awakens has done well to provide so far, especially when it comes to fan art inspiration.

Characters like Finn and Rey seem from the outset to carry a spark that’s been difficult to replicate since the days of Luke kicking sand around gazing into the horizon of Tatooine. Kylo Ren and Captain Phasma provide a sense of awe, fear, and mystery that will serve their parts in the antagonistic Empire well. Of course, Han and Chewie are still kicking around, having gone from youthful renegades to grizzled veterans.

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The Power of the Dark Side: The Best ‘Star Wars’ Villains Fan Art Ever

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For over a thousand generations the Jedi Knights were the guardians of peace and justice in the Old Republic. Before the dark times. Before the Empire. And what an Empire it was!

Just as the Star Wars universe is lauded and loved for its heroes, those heroes would have no way to prove their bravery and valor without the best bad guys in the galaxy. Sure the Joker and Loki are incredibly popular, but Star Wars has the power to take characters with one or two lines of dialogue and make them full blown cultural icons. Or make dozens of highly sought after action figures based on characters with zero lines of dialogue who do little more than briefly stand around in the background. Vader famously said, “You don’t know the power of the Dark Side”, but let’s celebrate that power with this small collection of fan art and see if we can’t get a better idea.

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Chris Schweizer’s Papercraft Nativity Scene Is The Perfect, Extremely Complicated Addition To Your Christmas

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Along with the Christmas tree and strings of lights, the nativity scene is one of the classic Christmas decorations, but to be honest, they can be a little boring. I myself have tried to spice things up in the past by removing the usual figures and replacing them with GI Joes and Lego Batman pieces, but it's just not the same, which is why I'm glad that cartoonist Chris Schweizer has stepped up to save Christmas with his amazing papercraft Nativity Scene.

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ComicsAlliance Gift Guide: Art Books To Buy For Someone Who Still Has Room On Their Bookshelf

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The holiday season is upon us, and with that comes gifts! It’s always lovely to receive something special from someone you love, but there’s also a particular pleasure that comes in giving a really well chosen gift and knowing that it’s truly appreciated. Sometimes it really is better to give than to receive! In that spirit, ComicsAlliance is here to inspire you with some great ideas for gifts to buy for your friends and family. Each gift guide is tailored to a particular personality type or special interests, and this time we're looking at gifts for people who love great art and also own industrial-strength shelves.

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Weekender: Margaret Atwood, Copra, Chris Kindred, and Sanjay’s Super Team

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The weekend is here! Put down your paperwork, throw your stationery out of the window, and do a victory spin in your office chair, because it’s time to catch up on that greatest of all media: comics! What’s been going on this week? There’s so much comics that there’s no way anybody can keep up with all of it — so Weekender is here to catch you up on some of the stories you may have missed, and some of the best writing about comics from the past few days.

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Drama And Allure: Kevin Wada Talks About Redesigning The Scarlet Witch

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Scarlet Witch has been a growing force in the Marvel Universe of late. Not only has she been a fixture of Uncanny Avengers, but she’s made appearances in the all new Doctor Strange, and The Vision, and of course she made her big screen debut in Avengers: Age of Ultron, played by Elizabeth Olsen.

And now she's the star of her own ongoing series, from writer James Robinson and a roster of star artists, including issue #1's Vanesa R. Del Rey. The series sees Wanda dig in to the nature of witchcraft in the Marvel Universe, and the book has received particular buzz for its new costume designs; created by the always stylish Kevin Wada. ComicsAlliance spoke to Wada about the redesign, its cues from modern fashion, and how modernization plays into Wanda’s new direction.

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Boom Gives The Power Rangers A Mighty Morphin’ Makeover And The Kevin Wada Treatment [Exclusive]

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More than two decades after their television debut in 1993, the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers are finally getting a long-overdue style makeover for their upcoming Boom Studios series by writer Kyle Higgins and artist Hendry Prasetya. The series launches with a "Green Ranger: Year One" story arc in issue #1 in March 2016, and the issue will feature eight variant covers, including this Kevin Wada cover featuring the iconic Power Rangers team in their classic MMPR costumes.

The series also includes Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #0, a one-shot prelude scheduled for January 13th, which features an ongoing back-up Bulk and Skull storyline by writer Steve Orlando and artist Corin Howell.

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ESPN and Marvel Display the Heroism of Women in Sports

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In a striking blend of female empowerment and corporate synergy, ESPN has teamed with Marvel to commission a variety of comics artists to draw superheroic portraits of the 2015 Impact 25, a list of women who have had an "impact" on sports in the past year.

The images are uniformly striking, but they vary in both the familiarity of the subjects and the level of "super heroification" of the art. So on one end of the spectrum you have a Tron take on tennis giant Serena Williams by Aspen Comics artist Elizabeth Torque, and a literally world-spanning Women's National Soccer Team by the Ghosted art team of Goran Sudzuka and Miroslav Mrva. And on the other end you have camera-wielding filmmaker Lauren Greenfield by Joelle Jones and Rachelle Rosenberg, who handled the art for the recent Mockingbird one-shot, and a moody take on prima ballerina Misty Copeland by Black Canary artist Annie Wu.

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Drawing the Floating Box: An Examination of the Art of Queen & Country

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There is an espionage term called a "floating box," where a target of observation is tailed and watched from multiple angles, forming a box that moves as the subject moves. This term never appeared in Queen and Country, but it wouldn't be out of place, because Queen & Country always tried to keep its espionage as realistic as possible, consequences be damned.

Queen & Country itself had a floating box around it, coordinated by series writer Greg Rucka and carried out by a small army of comics' finest, observing its ongoing narrative from a variety of perspectives and angles. None of the various artists that Queen & Country employed were rubber stamps of each other. No slight is intended on the other terrific artists who worked on Queen & Country, but for the purposes of brevity, this article will be focusing on three of the most distinct, and how their styles shaped the book.

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Weekender: ‘One Piece’, Jessica Abel, Jamal Igle and ‘Princess Love Pon’

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The weekend is here! Put down your paperwork, throw your stationery out of the window, and do a victory spin in your office chair, because it’s time to catch up on that greatest of all media: comics! What’s been going on this week? There’s so much comics that there’s no way anybody can keep up with all of it — so Weekender is here to catch you up on some of the stories you may have missed, and some of the best writing about comics from the past few days.

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