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Best Art Ever (This Week): Speed Racer, Powers, The Brak Show, Breaking Bad 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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R.I.P. Jeremy Dale, Creator Of ‘Skyward’

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ComicsAlliance is incredibly saddened to learn the death of Jeremy Dale, who passed away Monday due to a sudden illness at the age of 34.

Over the course of his career in comics, Jeremy worked on projects like Miserable Dastards at Image and the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero comics that were included in action figure two-packs and reached a large and varied audience of kids and collectors alike, but he will likely be best remembered as the creator of Skyward, an all-ages adventure comic published through Action Lab, and as a proponent of easy access to comics for all readers.

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A Dozen Favorites From This Year’s ‘Inktober’ Art Challenge

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If you're following any comic book artists on Twitter or Tumblr, then there's a pretty good chance that you saw the word "Inktober" pop up an awful lot over the past four weeks. Created by artist Jake Parker in 2009, it's a month-long exercise in getting better at working with ink (as opposed to just pencils) by producing a piece of art every day for all 31 days of October. And it's also exactly the kind of thing that we love to see here at ComicsAlliance.

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One Multiverse Under A Groove: Kenny Keil Draws Superheroes’ Favorite Dance Crazes

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Kenny Keil is one of our long-time favorite artists here at ComicsAlliance. He first grabbed our attention a few years ago, when he published a series of drawings mashing up superheroes and classic Hip-Hop album covers to incredible effect, and since then, he's gone on to co-create and illustrate the all-ages sci-fi/rap comic Rhyme Travelers, provided the art for Big Boi's Mash-Up Mondays series of releases, become one of Mad Magazine's "Usual Gang Of Idiots", and been a regular contributor to our series of "Celebrating Comics History" posts.

And recently, he's once again melded the iconography of music and comics in creative and unusual fashion, and begun to release a new series of images that casts comic and cartoon characters in a giant dance-off, taking famous moves and routines and pairing them with appropriate heroes and villains (with plenty of in-jokes along the way for continuity and pop music fans) – some are single panels, some are sequential, some are delivered in animated gif form for maximum comedic effect, and all are wildly entertaining. The full ongoing series can be viewed on Keil's tumblr, but we've decided to showcase a few of our favorites, and provide some annotations for good measure!

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Catwoman, Saga, Steven Universe, He-Man And More

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Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate Or Die’ In ‘Makin’ It Happen: The Captain Marvel Movie’

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Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Carol Corps officer Kate contemplates a future that will be made brighter by the existence of, we hope, a great Captain Marvel movie.

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The Complete ‘Kate Or Die’ Halloween Collection

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The writer of Boom! Studios' Bravest Warriors and Adventure Time: Bitter Sweets, IDW's Edward Scissorhands and Archaia's Fraggle Rock, Kate Leth got her start with the frequently autobiographical, always entertaining webcomic Kate Or Die. Now published bi-weekly here at ComicsAlliance, Kate uses the strip to address topics germane to the comic book and broader nerd cultures. And Halloween.

See, in reviewing the last couple months of strips, we noticed Kate has a preoccupation with dressing up and all things macabre, so much so that we were able to compile this digital collection of spooky and costumed-themed comics for your Halloween enjoyment.

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Comics Creators Celebrate Their Halloween Favorites With Spooky Tributes

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All Hallow's Eve. Halloween. The Day Of The Dead. Samhain. No matter what name one uses to refer to it, October 31 is the craziest, spookiest, creepy-crawliest evening of the year – a night of costumes, trick-or-treating, ghosts, goblins, monster movie marathons, and of course, comic books!

So today, we've reached out to some of our favorite modern-day creators to ask for their takes on the scary comics that they found inspiring, and to get their riffs on the critters and characters that have influenced their work. Happy Halloween!

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Halloween 2014 Edition

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images 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’s awesome.
In honor of Halloween, we’ve compiled the darkest and spookiest selections from Best Art Evers past.

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Beware the Valkyries: Kate Leth On Organizing Women Comic Book Retailers [Interview]

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Behind the scenes in comics, there are a number of shadowy groups pulling the strings of the industry... Okay, that's not entirely true, but there is a group that operates behind the scenes and affects the industry, and that group is the Valkyries. The Valkyries is a group of women who work in comics retail that have banded together. They push books that they particularly love, and work with creators, publishers, and fans to sell more comics -- to women especially. But above all, the group functions as a private support network for women in the comics retail business, and offers its members help when confronting some of the more unpleasant dimensions of the comic book business and geek culture as they relate to women.

Started by cartoonist and retailer (and ComicsAlliance contributor!) Kate Leth, the group just hit 300 members total.We chatted with Leth about the group, its purpose, and its plans for the future.

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