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Paul Willoughby’s ‘Twin Peaks’ Postcards Are The Best/Most Foreboding Possible Mail

Art by Paul Willoughby, http://www.paulwilloughby.com/

Ever since Laura Palmer washed up on the riverbank wrapped in plastic, Twin Peaks has been a benchmark for engaging television. Created and directed by David Lynch, the series is known not just for great acting and an engaging and ultra-creepy mystery, but for the striking visuals that it presented viewers. Which, when you consider it, is probably why it's been such a popular subject for artists to take a shot at.

One such artist is Paul Willoughby, and in a series of fantastic pieces that he produced back in 2012, he interpreted the characters of Twin Peaks on postcards from the show's Pacific Northwest setting.

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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 and we’ll embed the best stuff alongside our own recent acquisitions. And please do follow us @ComicsAlliance.

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Mecha McMahon: Concept Art By Rich Lyons For A WWE Fighting Game That Never Was

Art by Rich Lyons, http://rlyonsart.blogspot.co.uk/

Designs have surfaced for WWE fighting game that, in the greatest tragedy that has ever befallen mankind, was never actually produced. And they are amazing. Check below for designs featuring "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, John Cena, and VINCE MCMAHON'S MECH SUIT. For real.

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Independence Day 2014 Edition

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It’s Independence Day in the USA, and the ComicsAlliance staff has the day off. As such, here’s a special compilation of all the patriotic pin-ups and other pieces of art that we feel are distinctly American enough to spotlight on the fourth of July. Check out some excellent visions of your favorite superheroes in the red, white and blue (and sometimes yellow – somehow it works) and enjoy the holiday.

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Winged Freak Terrorizes: Comics Creators And Entertainment Pros Remember The Summer Of Batman ’89

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There had certainly been plenty of heavily-merchandised blockbusters before, but the Batman '89 phenomenon affected pop culture in so many ways and crept into every dimension of commercial entertainment. Twenty-five years ago, it was just always there; part of the atmosphere of the era, reflected wherever you turned. From candy-filled Keaton heads in supermarket checkout aisles, to endless souvenir magazines on newsstands, to articles in newspapers and magazines, to the packs of trading cards and stickers on countertops, to Batmobile toys in Happy Meals, the entire world had gone Batty.

Twenty-five years later, we've reached out to some of our favorite creators and entertainers to look back on the summer of Batman.

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Dark Horse Announces San Diego Comic-Con Exclusives, Many Of Which Involve Hellboy

Comic-Con Exclusives from Dark Horse

If you're heading out to Comic-Con International in San Diego later this month, well, you have my most sincere condolences. The good news, though, is that you'll be able to pick up plenty of convention-exclusive toys and books while you're there, and to entice potential customers, Dark Horse has released a list of everything you can find at Booth 2615 this year.

The list of products includes tie-in items for stuff like Mass Effect, Buffy and an exclusive Usagi Yojimbo print by Stan Sakai, but the real star of what's on offer is unquestionably Mike Mignola's Hellboy, which is featured two exclusive hardcovers and a plush doll featuring a Comic-Con t-shirt.

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Wait’ll They Get A Load Of Me: Jerry Ordway On The Making Of His Batman ’89 Comic Book Adaptation [Interview]

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The Batmania of 1989 affected all of commercial entertainment, but perhaps nowhere was the impact felt more than in comic shops and bookstores. The wild success of Tim Burton's movie drove fans to seek out anything Bat-related, and DC Comics was prepared. The publisher had tasked two of its finest creators with producing a comic book adaptation of the film, and Jerry Ordway and Dennis O'Neill's comic became a sensation in its own right. The book was released in two editions (a 'floppy' for newsstands, and a squarebound edition for the book and comic shop market), and both became instant best-sellers.

For reasons explained below, the project was not altogether successful in creative terms, but Batman '89 is nevertheless one of if not the most proliferated comics of its type, occupying space in the collections of a whole generation of readers and fondly remembered as featuring some of Ordway's most exquisite artwork in an already very distinguished career. As part of ComicsAlliance's exhaustive remembrance of of all things Batman '89, we spoke with Ordway about his fascinating and uniquely challenging experience adapting the silver-screen superhero epic back into uncommonly beautiful book form.

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BOOM! Announces 2014 Comic-Con Exclusives From Adam Hughes, Noelle Stevenson, Tessa Stone, Roger Langridge And More

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Terrifyingly, it's just a few weeks until Comic-Con International annexes most of downtown San Diego and with it, our souls. But with a new comics convention comes a new offering of exclusive stuff from BOOM! Studios. The publisher of the Adventure Time line of comics as well Lumberjanes and Bee and Puppycat and others is known among rarities collectors for its convention-only releases, and they'll be back at their booth with more at this year's San Diego Comic-Con. Check out the company's latest assortment of exclusives below, including the hardcover Mathematical Edition of Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens.

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Best Comic Book Covers Ever (This Month): June 2014

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A great comic book cover has a lot of work to do. It’s both an advertisement and a work of art; both a statement and an invitation. Sometimes they convey character, sometimes mood, sometimes moment. Sometimes they pastiche the classics or pay tribute to the past; sometimes they strive to show us something entirely new. Always they show us a glimpse of somewhere else through a canvas no bigger than a window pane. In Best Comic Book Covers Ever (This Month), we look back over some of the most eye-catching, original and exceptional covers of the month that was.

Bloodbaths, glowing hands, and sinister animal silhouettes; these are a few of comics' favorite things, judging by the comic book covers from June 2014. Read on for great covers from Riley Rossmo, Christian Ward, Russell Dauterman, Jerome Opeña, and more.

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Eric So’s ‘Sin City’ Vinyl Figure Is Cartoonishly Brutal, Just Like The Original Marv

Marv vinyl figure by Eric So

If you're the type of person who really likes collectible statues,then you may already be familiar with the work of Eric So, who designed a vinyl figure of Mike Mignola's Hellboy a while back. Now, he's back with another Dark Horse icon: Marv, the two-fisted, impossibly violent star of the first arc of Frank Miller's Sin City, complete with a billowing trenchcoat and a set of bandages.

The figure stands 13 inches tall with a limited run of 950 pieces, and as you might expect, it's set to be released this September in conjunction with the second Sin City movie with a price of $150. And, just to make things even more fun, Marv's signature bandages are packed separately so that you can apply them yourself as you see fit. Check out the full figure below!

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