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Check Out Dean Haspiel’s Cover Ideas For ‘Archie’ #1

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July 8th marks the first time in 74 years that we'll see a comic called Archie #1 on the stands, when Mark Waid and Fiona Staples relaunch Riverdale's favorite teenager in a new series. As we reported previously, Archie Comics is releasing several variant covers of the issue to mark the occasion --- including the covers we exclusively debuted from Ron Salas, Greg Scott, Brittney Wiilliams, and Genevieve F.T., and the cover above from The Fox artist Dean Haspiel.

Haspiel's cover sees young Mr. Andrews engaging in a bit of parkour, inspired by Bob Montana's cover for the original Archie #1. However, Haspiel also posted four layouts that didn't make the cut, and they suggest some intriguing possibilities.

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Cartoony Isn’t a Bad Word: Artist Megan Levens [Hire This Woman]

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Hire This Woman is a recurring feature on ComicsAlliance that shines a spotlight on female comics creators, whether they're relative newcomers or experienced pros who are ready to break out. In an overwhelmingly male business, we want to draw your attention to these creators --- and to raise their profile with editors and industry gatekeepers.

Artist Megan Levens worked in advertising for years before moving into comics, where she's built up an impressive resume already. She's drawn books like Madame Frankenstein and Ares & Aphrodite and is currently illustrating Buffy Season 10.

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Exclusive: Check Out Tyler Crook’s Art Process for ‘Harrow County’

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This week sees the release of the first issue of the new Dark Horse horror series Harrow County, from B.P.R.D. artist Tyler Crook and Sixth Gun writer Cullen Bunn. A southern gothic story about a teen girl who discovers her unexpected connection to the things that lurk in the woods, it promises to be fantastically spooky in the way we've come to expect from Dark Horse's industry-leading line of horror comics.

To mark the book's release, Dark Horse has given ComicsAlliance an exclusive glimpse at Crook's artistic process. A series of time-lapse videos show Crook penciling, inking, and hand-watercoloring pages from the fourth issue --- which we don't think gives away any spoilers! The videos also features suitably haunting music composed by Crook himself.

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Gene Ha Talks Kickstarter and Opening Up Comics to New Audiences [Interview]

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Last week, ComicsAlliance showed you an exclusive preview of Gene Ha's graphic novel Mae, which he's currently running a Kickstarter for. The project is funded twice over with three weeks left in its campaign, but Ha still has more stretch goals and incentives planned. We've spoken with him about genesis of the project, his careful planning for the Kickstarter, what it's like taking on new roles as a creator, and why he thinks broadening comics' readership is important.

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‘Cover Versions’: Comic Artists Remix Classic Album Covers

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Music and comics. Like chocolate and peanut butter, they're two great tastes that taste undeniably great together. Until 14th May, London's Orbital Comics store is celebrating the union of the two art forms with the 'Cover Versions' exhibition.

As part of the event, 14 comic artists have created new cover art for some their favorite albums. If you've ever wanted to see Christian Ward covering Radiohead's Kid A, or a mash-up of The Beatles' Abbey Road with Morrison's New X-Men --- and if you didn't previously know you needed these in your life, you do now --- then look no further.

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Tamaki and DeForge Guide You Around the Butter Tarts of Toronto, Just in Time for TCAF

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The butter tart is one of Canada's great cultural contribtutions to the world. The Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) also fits squarely in that category. So it's apt that these two juggernauts of the North have come together this weekend --- the very weekend of TCAF --- in the form of a handy map of Toronto's finest butter tarts created by two of TCAF's critically acclaimed guests; Super Mutant Magic Academy author Jillian Tamaki, and Ant Colony author Michael DeForge. If you're hitting up the festival this weekend, you may want to set aside a little time for a butter tart pilgrimage.

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Thumbnail: The Fashion Illustrations of ‘Girl in Dior’

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Annie Goetzinger's Girl in Dior is, unsurprisingly, a love letter to designer Christian Dior, both as a person and as a designer. The illustrations lovingly recreate many of his designs from the presentation of his first collection all the way up to the designer's death. The styles that Dior created changed women's fashion for the post-war era, taking women from more functional, simple clothing, back to more elaborate designs. Goetzinger's historical research is impeccable, but it's her art, and, more specifically, the way she illustrates clothing, that makes Girl in Dior so impressive.

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Win the Super Awesome Comic Book Selfie Sketchbook

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Last year, we hit up some conventions to start a sketchbook full of comic book character selfies. We got some amazing interpretations of characters like the Hulk, Gambit, Poison Ivy, Mr. Fantastic and Spawn from artists like Amy Reeder, Edwin Huang, Zander Cannon, Jim Rugg, Tony Fleeks, Spike Trotman, Jamal Igle and more.

But that's just the start of the sketchbook; there are plenty of pages for some lucky winner to fill up with more selfie sketches this con season. That's right; we're giving this sketchbook away!

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Sisters With A Mission: Exclusive Preview of Gene Ha’s ‘Mae’

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Well-known comics artist Gene Ha is currently running a Kickstarter for his original graphic novel, Mae, about two sisters who end up on an unexpected adventure. According to Ha, it's a comic made for a broad audience from young adults on up. The project is already completed, and is just waiting for funding to be printed and shipped. That means we can show you an exclusive preview of Mae while you still have time to back the project!

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Darick Robertson Draws ‘The Dead Lands’

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If you've been reading comics for any length of time, then you're probably already familiar with the amazing art of Darick Robertson. Best known for his work on Transmetropolitan and The Boys, Robertson has been working in the industry for over twenty years, and apparently, his work has attracted the attention of the filmmakers behind The Dead Lands, a new movie produced in New Zealand.

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