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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Nightwing, Alpha Flight, Scarlet Witch, Loki 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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Filed Under: Category: Cosplay, Culture

Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate Or Die’ in ‘What’s It Like Being a Woman in Comics?’

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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, Kate answers a very frequently asked question: what's it like being a woman in comics? Her answer may surprise you.

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Wonder Women: Five Actors In Search of a Superhero Movie

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Hollywood has proved to be pretty great at superheroes. For the last few years the genre has provided some of the biggest tentpoles of the blockbuster season. Hollywood is less great at other things -- like, for example, providing leading roles for women.

Hollywood is especially not great at providing lead superhero roles for women, but maybe that's not entirely Hollywood's fault. Superhero comics aren't great at providing those roles either. In fact, there are plenty of actors in Hollywood who could play amazing superheroes -- if only the roles existed for them. For example...

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Link Ink: New ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Posters, DC’s Latest Joker Mask And ‘Patlabor 2′

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20th Century FOX

Click through to start off your week of links.

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Comics Alliance Podcast 105: Emerald City Comicon Wrap Up

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Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance Podcast, covering the latest comic book entertainment culture, news, humor and commentary. This week, Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner and Senior Writer Chris Sims share their impressions of this year's Emerald City Comicon and discuss in-depth what distinguishes the fabulous Seattle, Washington show from other conventions of note.

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Josh Cooley Transforms R-Rated Movies Into Highly Inappropriate Children’s Books [Art]

Art by Josh Cooley, http://cooleycooley.blogspot.com

Listen, I'm going to be real with you for a second: I love 1980s action movies more than I love most members of my own family. I mean, hell, if we're talking about Die Hard, I love that movie more than I love pretty much every member of my own family (sorry mom). So when I saw Josh Cooley's series of illustrations where he turns movies like Die Hard, Predator and Road Warrior into Golden Books style storybook pages, my first thought was utter delight.

Well, no, that's a lie. My first thought was "Where's Commando?" but then came the delight, I assure you. Check out a few of our favorites below!

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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 or tag us @ComicsAlliance and we’ll embed the best stuff alongside our own recent acquisitions.

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Julia Krause Draws Superheroes, Rhino-Men And The Juggernaut’s Pet Fish [Art]

Art by Julia Krause, http://juliakrase.deviantart.com/

When you think about the kind of pets superheroes and villains would keep, it's usually pretty obvious. Batman has a dog, Superman has a dog, Deadpool has... a... dog. Huh. Thinking about it now, there are a hell of a lot of dogs in superhero comics. But according to artist Julia Krause, there's at least one character who bucks the trend: the Juggernaut, who has a tiny, tiny fish. I buy it.

Said fish is the subject of one of Krause's amazing pieces, but it's far from the only beautiful thing she's drawn. Check below for a few of our favorites, including Spider-man, the Scarlet Witch, and a series of beautiful fantasy designs, including a rhino man with a giant spear. It's exactly what I'm into.

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Hellboy 20th Anniversary 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 this year’s 20th anniversary of the first appearance of Hellboy, the enduringly popular and endlessly entertaining ex-paranormal investigator created by Mike Mignola. One of comics' most idiosyncratic characters with a supporting cast to match, Hellboy is cited by many artists rivaling Batman as the most fun character to draw and reimagine in different styles. Throughout the existence of Best Art we've featured loads and loads of visions of Hellboy and his friends in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and what follows is a compilation of some of our favorites.

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Captain America Lives On: Joe Simon’s Granddaughter On Marvel’s Films, Credits, and the Great Comic Book Creator

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The following was authored by Megan Margulies, granddaughter of the late Captain America co-creator Joe Simon.

Today Marvel Studios releases Captain America: The Winter Soldier. These movies are not only a cause for celebration by comic book fans, but also for the artists who created the superhero decades ago. In 1941, Jack Kirby and my grandfather, Joe Simon, dreamt of Captain America in an attempt to keep their heads above the turbulent waters of the comic book industry. Much to their surprise and joy, the character went on to receive worldwide fame.

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