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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]

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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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Michael Lombardi’s Superhero Pin-Ups Want You To Be More Like Aquaman [Art]

Art by Michael Lombardi, http://michaellombardi.tumblr.com

I have seen a lot of great art from a lot of great artists over the years, but I'm pretty sure that Michael Lombardi was the first to add a caption encouraging people to be more like Aquaman. I mean, if anything, I tend to favor art that advises people to be as unlike Aquaman as humanly possible. I don't even own an orange shirt. That is how dedicated I am to this.

And yet, Lombardi's beautifully exaggerated figures have an appeal that's hard to deny, even when he's drawing the King of Atlantis -- and it helps that he's doing the awesome Brave and the Bold version, too. Check it out, along with other pieces featuring some of our favorite superheroes, below!

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Best Art Ever (This Week): X-Men Selfies, RoboCop 2, Game of Thrones, Sonic, Jonny Quest, Blade Runner 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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Hire This Woman: Artist Natasha Alterici

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In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”

Natasha Alterici has been making comics for a few years now, has a successful Kickstarter for the comic LUCID under her belt, and has two new projects launching this summer. She primarily sticks to art but has also written a few of her projects including some anthology work and one of her upcoming projects.

 

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Emerald City Comicon ‘Monsters & Dames’ Exclusive Art Preview: Camilla d’Errico, Kazu Kibuishi, Dustin Resch & 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 Camilla d'Errico, Crayon Monsters, Lucas Elliott, Emily Fiegenschuh, as well as new work by Kazu Kibuishi, Ken Christiansen, and Dustin Resch.

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‘Tank Girl’ Co-Creator Jamie Hewlett Makes Promo Art For British Library Comics Exhibit

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With the massive success of Gorillaz, the animated band he co-created with Blur frontman Damon Albarn, Tank Girl co-creator Jamie Hewlett arguably has one of the most identifiable art styles of any comics artist in the world.

Which is likely why the British Library in London has tapped him to to illustrate a huge banner for its new exhibit, "Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK," which kicks off May 2. Check out the piece used for the banner, which features a brass-knuckle wearing superheroine leaning against an alley wall, and another piece (which Hewlett is calling his second panel) after the jump.

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