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The Best Comic Book Cover Artists of 2013: Part Three

Best Covers of 2013 part 3

 

With hundreds of comics released to stores every month, a great cover can make a big difference. That tiny rectangle needs to grab the eye, set a mood, convey an idea, and entice a reader to pick the book up and look inside. It takes a great cover artist to get all of that right.

ComicsAlliance continues its look back at some of the best cover work in 2013 from some of the most talented cover artists in the industry. This week we pick highlights from the work of Nathan Fox (Collider/FBP), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and John Paul Leon (The Massive).

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The Best Toys of 2013

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There are a lot of factors that go into loving a toy. Some are tangible, others less so. Being awesome can't hurt, though, and ComicsAlliance saw plenty of that quality manifest across toydom in 2013. One theme that stood out this year especially, though? New spins on old favorites. From the mighty Titan Class Metroplex to the NES-inspired Jason of Friday the 13th fame, toymakers went beyond kicking out mere nostalgia cash-grabs and elevated familiar characters with state-of-the-art toy tech. Hit the jump to browse some of CA's favorite toys from 2013.

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Best Cosplay Ever: New York Comic-Con 2013, Day 1

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As you know from our weekly Best Cosplay Ever feature, we're big fans of cosplay at ComicsAlliance. The comics, sci-fi, gaming and fantasy communities’ talents for homemade disguises, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics are definitely on display this weekend at New York Comic-Con, and you’d better believe we're on hand to document as much as we can. Click after the cut for some exceptional examples of superheroic cosplaying talent that we spotted on the first day of NYCC 2013.

All photos by Chris Sims.

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When Bad Guys Go Good: The Reformed Supervillain in Comics

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Redemption is a tricky thing. How do people really atone for their transgressions? If it's really an eye for an eye, how could someone possibly make up for murder?

One of the greatest tropes in superhero comics is the villain-turned-hero. Though the meme showed up here and there in the earlier

ComicsAlliance’s Top Features of 2009

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We dig bringing our readers news and interviews as much as the next site, but one advantage of the hyper-inclusive definition of "blogging" is our ability to bring you sense-shattering features on a semi-regular basis

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The Top 10 Lists of 2009 on ComicsAlliance

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Over the past year, we've given you a lot of lists here at ComicsAlliance, from the 11 Greatest Man-Crushes in Comics to the 21 Best Superhero My Little Ponies. And now, just to get extra meta, we've put together a top 10 list of those lists, based on the ones that you liked the best. Take a

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ComicsAlliance: The Best Interviews of 2009

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Happy New Year, everybody! The future, a.k.a. the year 2010, has officially arrived, and before we move on to a year of bright, shiny new content, we're rounding up some of our top articles from the last year

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Comics Superlatives: The Expanded Best of 2009

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A couple weeks ago we gave you our Top 10 favorite comics of 2009, but as you can imagine in any list that short and subjective, it was hard to fit in all the comics, graphic novels, strips, and webcomics worth talking about from the last 365 days. So the CA crew -- Laura Hudson, Brendan McGuirk, Jason Michelitch, Chris Murphy, Nick Nadel, and Chris Sims

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Dueling Lists: The Best Comic Book Covers of the Year and Decade

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"Best of" Lists abound as every year draws to a close, and 2009 -- particularly with its fake end-of-decade implications -- is no exception. And while you're almost guaranteed to get a certain amount of overlap in "Top of 2009" from multiple outlets, I tend to think the differences between those lists are often the most interesting thing about them

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BEST ANIMAL TEAM OF 2009: Beasts of Burden

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The ComicsAlliance Superlatives of 2009 continue with the Best Animal Team of 2009: Dark Horse's "Beasts of Burden."

Sorry, Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers, but there's only room in my heart for one subhuman supergroup this year, and it is "Beasts of Burden." Part animal adventure

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