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Scientists Discover A New Horned Dinosaur Nicknamed Hellboy, World Demands More Dinosaur-Based Horror Comics

Hellboy (left), Hellboy the Dinosaur (right).
Hellboy art by Mike Mignola, dinosaur art by Julius T. Csotonyi/Courtesy of Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, Alberta

There are few headlines in this world of ours that combine my interests as perfectly as "Scientists Identify A New Dinosaur And Give It The Nickname 'Hellboy.'" Like, maybe if the scientists were riding dirtbikes and skateboards, or the discovery of the new fossils came as a result of someone's bat-themed vigilante activities, that would do it, but let's be real here: Those are pretty unlikely scenarios, and imagining them is just improving on perfection.

And the reality of the situation is pretty perfect indeed: As reported by NPR, the newly identified Regaliceratops peterhewsi has been informally named after Mike Mignola's perpetually grumpy paranormal investigator, owing to the presence of a pair of prominent horns just above its eyes. As for whether it filed those horns down as a rejection of its demonic heritage, the fossil record remains sadly incomplete.

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Black Comics Month Grows, Includes Special Edition NYC Panel

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VixenVarsity.com is a fascinating site full of instructive "courses" on a wide range of topics, and site creator MizCaramelVixen has a passion for comics and a lot of thoughts about diversity in the industry, which she's spun into posts, a hashtag, and a website under the banner BlackComicsMonth (which is every month).

This weekend, MizCaramelVixen can be seen at the first ever Black Comics Month panel on Saturday at 1:15pm in Theater 2 during Special Edition NYC. We sat down with her to discuss the motivations behind BlackComicsMonth, what people can expect from the panel, and the next steps in her diversity campaign.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For June 3 2015

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?" The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

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Filed Under: Category: Archie, Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Lists

Bizarro Back Issues: Usagi Yojimbo Destroys All Monsters (2003)

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Ever since I wrote about how great Stan Sakai's Usagi Yojimbo is a few weeks ago, it's been the only comic I want to read. As a result, I've been re-reading the entire run, and it occurs to me that even though I wrote at length about how great it is, I might've actually undersold it a little bit. I mean, I talked about the craftsmanship, the accessibility, the commitment to historical accuracy and the effortless way that it's blended with myth and legend, the instantly engaging characters and all that stuff, but when you get right down to it, that's only part of what makes that comic so great.

I mean, I didn't even mention the time that Usagi fought Mothra and summoned the King of All Monsters. That seems like something worth mentioning, right?

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For May 27, 2015

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?" The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For May 20, 2015

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?" The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

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Ask Chris #240: What’s So Great About Usagi Yojimbo? Everything.

Ask Chris #240: What's So Great About Usagi Yojimbo?

Q: What's the big deal with Usagi Yojimbo, anyway? - @cwidtz

A: If you're not already familiar with Usagi Yojimbo, I can see why it might be a hard sell. On paper, it just sounds weird. I mean, it's a long-running samurai story where all the characters are cute furry animals, and that's just the start of things. It's exhaustively researched and set in feudal Japan, frequently using actual historical events as the centerpieces of its stories, but also ghosts and magic are completely real, it's cartoonish and frequently very funny with great buddy comedy bits and a ton of slapstick humor, but it's also very serious and violent, with the highest on-panel body count of any comic I read, and everyone who really loves it won't shut up about how great the word balloons are when people die. Even if you're willing to believe that it's very good, there's a lot there that sounds like it'd be hard to get into.

But since you asked, here's the big deal with Usagi Yojimbo: Stan Sakai's been doing this comic for over thirty years, and he hasn't done a bad issue yet.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases For May 13, 2015

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The question most often asked of the ComicsAlliance staff is a variation of, "Which comic books should I be reading?" or, "I'm new to comics, what's a good place to start?" The Wednesday deluge of new comic books, graphic novels and collected editions can be daunting even for the longtime reader, much less for those totally unfamiliar with creators, characters and publishers, and the dark mysteries of comic book shopping like variants, pre-ordering, and formats.

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Filed Under: Category: Dark Horse, DC, IDW, Image, Lists, Marvel

Exclusive: Check Out Tyler Crook’s Art Process for ‘Harrow County’

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This week sees the release of the first issue of the new Dark Horse horror series Harrow County, from B.P.R.D. artist Tyler Crook and Sixth Gun writer Cullen Bunn. A southern gothic story about a teen girl who discovers her unexpected connection to the things that lurk in the woods, it promises to be fantastically spooky in the way we've come to expect from Dark Horse's industry-leading line of horror comics.

To mark the book's release, Dark Horse has given ComicsAlliance an exclusive glimpse at Crook's artistic process. A series of time-lapse videos show Crook penciling, inking, and hand-watercoloring pages from the fourth issue --- which we don't think gives away any spoilers! The videos also features suitably haunting music composed by Crook himself.

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Dark Horse Announces A 1,232-Page ‘Masters Of The Universe’ Minicomic Collection

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If you were into He-Man and the Masters of the Universe back in the '80s, then you might remember that the toys came with minicomics that provided some additional story about bare-chested heroes fighting equally bare-chested (and surprisingly muscular) skeletons --- and if you were really paying attention, you might recall that those comics featured some early work from legendary creators like Mark Texeira and Bruce Timm.

If that's the case, you might be tempted to dig through toy bins at conventions and try to put together a run yourself, but fortunately, Dark Horse is saving us all the trouble. This October, it's releasing the He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Minicomic Collection, a whopping 1,232-page hardcover that collects every single minicomic from the classic toy line, bumped up to 6" x 9" and presented in production order.

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