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

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A great comic book cover is an advertisement, a work of art, a statement, and an invitation. A great comic book cover is a glimpse of another world 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 past month.

August offers a feast of shape and color, with striking covers by Scott Fischer, Victor Santos, Chrystin Garland, and Tula Lotay, some bold juxtaposition, and a quirky take on a pulp archetype or two -- including a Nazi airship and some poor sap being held in a giant hand. It's a classic!

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Baby Ducks And Ominous Water Parks: Rachel Connor Talks ‘Regular Show: Hydration’ Graphic Novel [Interview]

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Boom! Studios has found success with a line of Adventure Time original graphic novels that's being published alongside the ongoing monthly comic, so it was only a matter of time before they expanded that strategy to include Regular Show as well. Now, we're just about to see the first full-color Regular Show graphic novel, Hydration, hitting shelves with a story of everyone's favorite raccoon and bluejay dealing with a heat wave that hits the park, sending them in search of a way to cool off. It's a simple idea, but under Rachel Connor and Tessa Stone, it turns into a sprawling adventure that's full of the magical realism and 8-bit video games that Regular Show fans have come to love.

To find out more, I spoke to Connor about the process of creating a story that would be longer and more complicated than any episode of the show, the strange twists that allowed it to expand to a full 155 pages, and why the Baby Ducks just had to make an appearance.

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‘Bee And Puppycat’ Creator Natasha Allegri Talks Art, Anime, Sparkles And Dessert [Exclusive Interview]

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Natasha Allegri is leading a movement. A quiet, earnest, doe-eyed movement to be sure, but one that is unstoppable, and unquestioningly vital. Bee and Puppycat, her already widely beloved series produced for Frederator's Cartoon Hangover channel, is about to relaunch, to widespread fan salivation. Her social media accounts swell with more and more followers every day. Puppycat plushes and inflatable swords were everywhere at San Diego Comic-Con, as was cosplay and fan art.

Allegri's work, in its sincere, unfailingly sweet way, has announced to the world that animation aimed at an adult (or at least teen) female audience is not just viable — it is a verified path to critical and commercial success. ComicsAlliance sat down with her at SDCC to discuss her success, the importance of cuteness, and what we can expect from the new Bee and Puppycat animated series.

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Archaia Goes Deep Cover With New Father-Daughter Spy Comic ‘Butterfly’

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The subgenre of woman-led spy comics seems to be making a healthy surge right now, and Archaia is adding another title to the mix.

Butterfly, a new, four-issue series written by Marguerite Bennett (Angela: Asgard's Assassin) and Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco), and drawn by Antonio Fuso (G.I. Joe: Cobra), will start up Sept. 24 with a Phil Noto cover. It'll follow a deep cover agent who is a complete ghost--no birth certificate, no Social Security number--meeting her long-lost dad after being set up for murder. Turns out her dad was a spy, too.

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Bee And Puppycat Are The Worst Maids Ever In Issue #3 [Preview]

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In her review of the first two issues of Natasha Allegri's Bee and Puppycat comic, ComicsAlliance's own Juliet Kahn declared it to be the product of "a creator raised on Jim Davis and CLAMP," and really, that's the best way you could possibly describe the aesthetic heritage of this project: a perennially unemployed twenty-something magical girl and her strange, eternally scowling and space-faring pet of indeterminate species going on adventures in an equally uncertain but nevertheless compellingly cute universe of weirdness and wonder.

For the third issue of BOOM! Studios' comic book version of the Cartoon Hangover animated series, Allegri hands her creation over to cartoonists and storyboard artists Tait Howard, Aubrey Aiese, Madeline Flores, Ian McGinty, Fred Stressing and Anissa Espinosa for a quartet of new stories. For their chapter, Howard and Aiese pit Bee and Puppycat against an apartment in desperate need of cleaning, and shows just what they're willing to do to get out of washing dishes. I think we can all relate.

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Learn To Make Friendship Bracelets (And Survive Zombies) In ‘Lumberjanes’ #5

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You're all reading Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis and Brooke Allen's Lumberjanes already, right? I mean, of course you are, we've been telling you how great it is since January, and in that time, the action, mystery and friendship have made it one of our favorite comics on the stands. So really, it's not like you need a preview to know that you're going to want to pick up the fifth issue when it hits the stands next week.

But, on the off chance that you want to know what you're in for, we've got good news in the form of an exclusive peek at Lumberjanes #5, with bad dreams and hints at the mystery of the boys across the lake. So get out your yarn and get ready, because it's time to make some friendship bracelets.

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Boom! Studios Announces Becky And Frank’s ‘Capture Creatures’

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It is a matter of public record that I love Pokémon in all its various forms, to the point where my biggest problem is that even with 700 of them in the official games, there just aren't enough. That's why I really love Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson's Capture Creatures, which started on the web as a project for the team behind Tiny Kitten Teeth to design their own pocket monsters, complete with evolutions.

Now, with 143 entries in their Creaturedex and a successful Kickstarter-funded art book under the creators' belts, Boom! Studios has announced an ongoing series based on Capture Creatures,where Gibson and Dreistadt will take their creations from the designs and stats of the website to a brand new story.

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Steven’s There To Fix Their Family Unit: Jeremy Sorese & Coleman Engle Talk ‘Steven Universe’ Comic

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With books like Adventure Time, Regular Show and more, Boom! Studios has been doing a pretty solid job of adapting Cartoon Network's hit shows into comic books. This week, they added another one to their roster in the form of Steven Universe, with writer Jeremy Sorese and artist Coleman Engle taking on the story of, well, Steven Universe, a kid being raised by the heroic Crystal Gems, who protected the world from monsters alongside his mother until she died bringing him into the world.

To find out more about where they intend to go with the comic, we spoke to Sorese and Engel about what they intend to do with the book, the surprising darkness behind the "cotton candy exterior" of Steven's universe, and, perhaps most importantly, their feelings about Sailor Moon Crystal.

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Boom! Studios Launches Rad Humble Bundle With Lumberjanes, Midas Flesh, RoboCop and More

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We've written about the Humble Bundle before here at ComicsAlliance, but let's be real here: It's kind of the perfect idea. Being able to pay what you want to grab a whole cartload of comics while also supporting a charity is a setup that has literally no downside, and it's almost impossible to take advantage of -- especially when it's something like the new Boom! Studios bundle.

For the next two weeks, you'll be able to pay what you want for a massive amount of downloadable comics while also supporting the good work of the Comic Book Legal defense Fund. And, if you pay at least $15, you'll get ComicsAlliance favorites like Lumberjanes, The Midas Flesh and Bee and Puppycat thrown in for good measure.

The interesting thing about this particular bundle is that it includes some very recent comics. Books like Lumberjanes #4 and Midas Flesh #8 were only released this month, and RoboCop #2 actually came out in stores today. Being able to get them here digitally is a pretty big deal.

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‘Regular Show’ Voice Actor & Storyboard Artist Minty Lewis Sends Us On An ‘Eileen Day’ In Issue #13 [Preview]

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As much as I might identify with Mordecai and Rigby, the two slackers at the center of Cartoon Network's Regular Show, the last few seasons have seen Eileen become my favorite character on the show. Now, my demand for more Eileen-centric media is finally being addressed by the comics in the form of this week's Regular Show #13.

Written by Minty Lewis, a storyboard artist for Regular Show and the voice of Eileen, with art by Allison Strejlau, the story finds Eileen heading off for a solo adventure full of palindromes and calm breathing.

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