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The Comics Alliance Collection: Cool Stuff We (And You) Got This Week

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The ComicsAlliance staff is a diverse lineup writers, editors, artists, photographers and designers, but before we’re any of those things we’re simply fans. Appreciators. Collectors. Almost every day we share with each other via Instagram all the great books, toys, artwork, apparel, and other beautiful and/or inescapably cool objects we collect almost ceaselessly in comics stores, at conventions, and from all kinds of sources all over North America (and sometimes beyond). Displaying (i.e. showing off) some rad swag typically inspires everyone to one-up their pop-archeologist game in the never ending quest to find awesome stuff, and simply posting the week’s new comics usually causes someone to discover a new title or artist, which in turn inspires a whole new line of excavation.

In the past we’ve published photos of our “con hauls” here on CA and the resulting discussion with readers — i.e. collector kudos — has always been fun, so with the ComicsAlliance Collection we’re going to do it every week. But more importantly, we want to see your collection too. Show us new additions to your collections by using the hashtag #CAcollection on Instagram or tag us @ComicsAlliance and we’ll embed the best stuff alongside our own recent acquisitions.

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Laurent Durieux Puts An Art Deco Spin On ‘Die Hard,’ The Transformers And The Iron Giant [Art]

Art by Laurent Durieux, laurentdurieux.com

It probably won't come as a surprise to anyone, but I'm a big fan of Art Deco. The architecture and design are just phenomenally appealing to me, and while I knew I liked it when it was applied to Batman (much as I like most things), it wasn't until today that I realized I would actually really like an Art Deco take on the Transformers.

You learn something new every day, I suppose, and that's what I learned from checking out the beautifully designed poster art of Laurent Durieux, a Belgian artist specializing in retrofuturist takes on movies like The Iron Giant, Die Hard, and even the classic Charlie Brown Christmas Special. In other words, it's right up my alley. Check out some of his stuff below!

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Mike Mignola’s Concept Art For Disney’s ‘Atlantis: The Lost Empire’ Gets Unearthed [Art]

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Hey, remember Disney's Atlantis: The Lost Empire from 2001? It's okay if you don't, since it didn't have Fox Robin Hood or someone singing about ice puns, which, for good or ill, tend to make for the most memorable Disney movies. What it did have, however, were concept designs by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, which have led to the movie becoming a cult favorite in recent years despite a poor initial showing at the box office.

With the Internet being what it is, these designs have of course found their way online, and they are predictably amazing. Check out a few of the best below, from Mignola's take on the characters, locations and creatures of Atlantis!

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Emerald City Comicon ‘Monsters & Dames’ Exclusive Art Preview: David Petersen, Tim Sale, Adam Warren, Chrissie Zullo and More

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The official art book of Emerald City Comicon, Monsters & Dames is an annual release that invites a wide spectrum of talent to indulge their artistic idiosyncrasies in the name of charity, with proceeds from sales of the hardcover release and original art auctions having raised over $55,000 for Seattle Children's hospital. Between now and Emerald City's start date of March 27, ComicsAlliance will showcase some of the gorgeous work to be found in the 2014 edition of Monsters & Dames, including exclusive images you'll see here before any where else.

Our final preview includes never-before-seen art by David Petersen, Tim Sale, Ken Taya and Rick Schmitz, plus new work by Chrissie Zullo, Louie Del Carmen, Brandon Graham, Simon Roy and Adam Warren.

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So Mike Del Mundo’s ‘Elektra’ #1 Looks Pretty Damn… Pretty! [Art]

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Listeners of the ComicsAlliance Podcast will know that the other staffers and I have been particularly impressed with the variety of visuals currently offered by Marvel Comics. In the best way possible, it's become practically impossible to describe "Marvel house style," with the publisher staffing books with artists as talented and diverse as David Aja, Adrian Alphona, Michael Allred, Esad Ribic, Chris Samnee, Declan Shalvey, Phil Noto, Mitch Gerads and many more besides. Many of these fly far afield of what you might consider traditional superhero art, and that's a fact that's made so many "All-New" books so fun to read.

Given this recent history it was not surprising to learn that Mike Del Mundo was to draw a new Elektra series written by Haden Blackman, whose résumé includes Batwoman with JH Williams III, making this new series about the beautiful and deadly assassin one of the most appropriately staffed of Marvel's current line.

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‘Akira’ Creator Katsuhiro Otomo Draws Astro Boy For Anime Industry Magazine [Art]

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The business journal Anime Busience has scored another coup with its cover art for its spring 2014 issue, landing a gorgeous image of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy drawn by none other than Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo.

The magazine's two previous issues have featured a Space Battleship Yamato cover by by Evangelion creator Hideaki Anno and an Akira cover by Evangelion character designer Yushiyuki Sadamoto.

Check out Otomo's full cover image after the jump!

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Legendary Comics Unveils ‘Godzilla: Awakening’ Prelude Comic Cover By Art Adams

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We truly live in a golden age of great artists drawing Godzilla.

James Stokoe's Godzilla: The Half-Century War was an artistic powerhouse at IDW a little over a year ago, and now, Legendary Comics has unveiled a stunning Arthur Adams cover to Godzilla: Awakening, its new comic book prelude to the upcoming Godzilla movie. Check out the cover, along with a ton of info about the 80-page comic, after the jump!

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Emerald City Comicon ‘Monsters & Dames’ Exclusive Art Preview: Ryan Ottley, Lindsay Ishihiro, Scott Kurtz, Amy Mebberson & More

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The official art book of Emerald City Comicon, Monsters & Dames is an annual release that invites a wide spectrum of talent to indulge their artistic idiosyncrasies in the name of charity, with proceeds from sales of the hardcover release and original art auctions having raised over $55,000 for Seattle Children's hospital. Between now and Emerald City's start date of March 27, ComicsAlliance will showcase some of the gorgeous work to be found in the 2014 edition of Monsters & Dames, including exclusive images you'll see here before any where else.

Today's preview includes never-before-seen art by Ryan Ottley, Lindsay Ishihiro and Scott Kurtz, as well as new art by Robin Kaplan, Amy Mebberson, Scott Blair, Brett Bean and Edwin Huang.

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Josh Lynch Draws Luchador Heroes, Marvel Cuties And Incredible Sketches [Art]

Art by Josh Lynch, http://jlynchart.tumblr.com/

One of the real joys of working for a site like ComicsAlliance is that every now and then, you come across an artist that you've never seen before, but whose work is exactly the kind of thing you like. That was exactly what happened to me when I started poking around the pieces that Josh Lynch has to offer -- not only does he have an incredible style that lends itself equally well to sketches of Godzilla rampaging through city streets and cute, cartoony Marvel heroes and villains.

And also superhero luchador mashups and X-Men covers redesigned with Pokémon. What can I say? I told you it was right up my alley. Check out a few favorites of Lynch's artwork below!

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The Comics Alliance Collection: Cool Stuff We (And You) Got This Week

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The ComicsAlliance staff is a diverse lineup writers, editors, artists, photographers and designers, but before we’re any of those things we’re simply fans. Appreciators. Collectors. Almost every day we share with each other via Instagram all the great books, toys, artwork, apparel, and other beautiful and/or inescapably cool objects we collect almost ceaselessly in comics stores, at conventions, and from all kinds of sources all over North America (and sometimes beyond). Displaying (i.e. showing off) some rad swag typically inspires everyone to one-up their pop-archeologist game in the never ending quest to find awesome stuff, and simply posting the week’s new comics usually causes someone to discover a new title or artist, which in turn inspires a whole new line of excavation.

In the past we’ve published photos of our “con hauls” here on CA and the resulting discussion with readers — i.e. collector kudos — has always been fun, so with the ComicsAlliance Collection we’re going to do it every week. But more importantly, we want to see your collection too. Show us new additions to your collections by using the hashtag #CAcollection on Instagram or tag us @ComicsAlliance and we’ll embed the best stuff alongside our own recent acquisitions.

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