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Best Art Ever (This Week): Tintin, Hardware, Grand Budapest Hotel, Michonne 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, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.

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Gurihiru’s TCAF Kids Day Poster is the Most Delightful Thing Ever

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The Toronto Comic Arts Festival attracts some of the best creators in the world to Toronto every spring, with diverse programming that caters to every kind of comics reader, including kids. This year's festival takes place on the 9th and 10th of May, and includes a dedicated day of kids' programming on Saturday the 9th. Today the festival unveiled its official poster for Kids Day by Gurihiru, the art team whose recent works include the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics.

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‘Lighten Up’ is Ronald Wimberly’s Must-Read Commentary on Race In Comics

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Today, The Nib released a beautiful and evocative comic by cartoonist Ronald Wimberly about race in comics. Wimberly tells the story of how a Marvel editor asked him to change the skin color of a character who had been historically Mexican and African-American. The editor wanted the character's skin tone to be lighter, and in Wimberly's piece he discusses why this is so problematic.

White privilege is absolutely a real thing, and the wide-ranging implications of this editor's request probably never occurred to her. Being an editor at a place like Marvel or DC means putting up with a punishing monthly schedule and many cooks in the same kitchen. Asking an artist to make a color change is pretty routine - and to many editors, this note would seem like a minor request. As Wimberly makes clear in his comic, however, the request has many problems.

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Organic, Very Human: An Interview with E.K. Weaver [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.

Cartoonist E.K. Weaver produced her webcomic The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal for five years and it is currently being collected in an omnibus that's being Kickstarted by Iron Circus Comics. She's also done things as varied as erotica for Smut Peddler and covers for Adventure Time.

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Paid to Draw: Lissa Treiman Talks ‘Giant Days’ and Disney Animation

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Animator and artist Lissa Treiman is taking on her first regular comics work, after working at Disney Animation on movies like Wreck-It Ralph and Big Hero 6. She's teamed up with cartoonist John Allison to bring his webcomic Giant Days to the print comics world with Boom Studios. Treiman's style is charming and dynamic, as befits someone who works in animation, and the first issue of Giant Days is a lot of fun. ComicsAlliance spoke with Treiman about animation, storytelling, comics, and how she balances all of the above!

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Captain Marvel, Carrie Kelly, Sailor Moon, Hellboy, Star Trek TNG 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, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.

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Wonderful World of Whipsnarl: In Conversation With the Creators of ‘Beast Wagon’

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When a comics Kickstarter campaign is a success in less than 24 hours, and the launch party and gallery exhibition attracts creators from all over the country, it’s clear that something special is about to happen. Beast Wagon, described by its creators as “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest with talking animals,” is the work of British Comic Award nominee Owen Michael Jones (Raygun Roads, Reel Love) and illustrator and comics newcomer John Pearson, and it could well be be the UK comic of the year.

A black comedy about madness overtaking the animals --- and humans --- in a zoo, Beast Wagon is a stunningly beautiful work. ComicsAlliance sat down with the two young punk creators to find out where this madness came from, and just how far the contagion is going to spread…

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Exclusive: Archie Reveals Seven Variant Covers For July’s ‘Archie’ #1

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As you may have heard, Archie is relaunching their flagship title in July, bringing an end to what has been the longest continuously published American comic that has never been rebooted, after 666 issues. In addition to a new direction from Mark Waid and Fiona Staples, the relaunch is getting a whole slew of variant covers focusing on the revamped design for everyone's favorite two-timing redheaded high schooler, from artists like J. Scott Campbell, Dean Haspiel, and more.

Now we've got seven of those variant covers to reveal, bringing the total number of Archie #1 variants to approximately one hundred million (and all of them awesome). Check them out below, from Tania Del Rio, Genevieve F.T., legendary Superman and Shazam artist Jerry Ordway, and more!

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Thumbnail: The Wicked and The Decapitated – The WicDiv Covers of Jamie McKelvie

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Thumbnail is a new recurring feature on ComicsAlliance in which we invite our writers to reflect on comic book details that deserve a little extra attention, whether it’s a favorite character, and artistic choice, or a striking page. For this installment, Steve Morris looks at the meaning behind Jamie McKelvie and Matt Wilson's The Wicked & The Divine covers — and the cruel joke they've been building up to.

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Macabre Nonfiction: An Interview with Cartoonist Emi Gennis [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.

Cartoonist and art professor Emi Gennis often self-publishes her work, including the minicomic Spaz!, and has also published work on The Nib. Her focus is primarily nonfiction as told through comics, and she writes, draws, colors, and letters her own work.

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