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Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week): J. Bone And Tony Cliff

Delilah Dirk

The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). These images convey senses of mood and character — not to mention artistic skill — but comic books are specifically a medium of sequential narratives, and great sequential art has to be both beautiful (totally subjective!) and clear in its storytelling (not so subjective!). The words and the pictures need to work together to tell the story and create whatever tone, emotion and indeed world the story requires. The contributions of every person on a creative team, from the writer to the artist(s) to the letterers, are necessary to achieving a great page of sequential storytelling.

It is the special nature of comic books that we’re celebrating in this all-new recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).

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Gerard Way Posts New ‘Umbrella Academy’ Designs, Announces Two Series For 2014

Umbrella Academy sketches by Gabriel Ba, via Gerard Way

It's been a while since we've seen anything new from Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá's The Umbrella Academy, but for fans of the Dark Horse series and its bizarre bunch of superpowered orphans, Way has offered up a pretty timely Christmas present over the past few days. Not only has he confirmed that he and Bá are planning to have Volume 3 and Volume 4 out in 2014, he's also been posting concept art for new characters on his Twitter account for the past few days.

Check out the art, featuring new characters called Gas Panic and St. Zero below!

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Publisher Holiday Cards 2013: Dark Horse Comics

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Dark Horse Comics

It's that special time of year when we at CA are lucky enough to receive season's greetings from some of our favorite comic book publishers. The first card we received this year came from Dark Horse Comics, which went all-out with a 2013 Holiday Card featuring an unfolding comics story by Art Baltazar and Franco! of Tiny Titans acclaim. We won't spoil the narrative surprise here, but you'll definitely want to click through to see DH's official images of the comic/card hybrid in sequence.

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The Best Comic Book Cover Artists of 2013: Part Four

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ComicsAlliance continues its look back at the best cover artists of 2013, putting the spotlight on Mike Del Mundo (X-Men: Legacy), Massimo Carevale (Conan the Barbarian), Kris Anka (Uncanny X-Force) and Dave Johnson (Brother Lono). When it comes to creating compelling character portraits that open a window on another world, these are four artists who make it look easy.

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Dennis Culver To Lauch ‘Davey Jones And The Mystery Of The Monocle Men’ In ‘Dark Horse Presents’ This March [Interview]

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Dennis Culver/Dark Horse Presents

This March two curious kids get the best friend they could ever ask for: A legendary, undead sea captain who helps solve mysteries. That's right, Davey Jones and the Mystery of the Monocle Men by Dennis Culver is set to debut in Dark Horse Presents #34. Described by DHP Associate Editor Jim Gibbons as "A Scooby-Doo type mystery by way of the Hardy Boys with a big zombie pirate and nautical trappings," Davey Jones is set to run for three DHP installments through issue #37. Click through as CA works to crack the mystery of just what Culver has in store for DHP.

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The Best Comic Books of 2013 [Master List]

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The last twelve months offered comic book readers a wide variety of work ranging from the most crowd-pleasing superhero epics to the most idiosyncratic of indies, and the return of old favorites to the emergence of exciting new talent. It was a busy and productive year for the industry, and one we’re pleased to celebrate with what we’re certain will be an uncontroversial, unenumerated list of awards that will prompt only resounding agreement and unbroken fellowship amongst our readers in the comments below.

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‘Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,’ ‘Avatar: The Last Airbender’ And ‘Hello Kitty’ Among Free Comic Book Day 2014 Offerings

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From the looks of what Diamond Comic Distributors has release so far, Free Comic Book Day 2014 on May 3, will once again be a most family-friendly affair.

Diamond unveiled what it's calling its "gold-level title" list today, 12 books from publishers including DC Comics, Marvel, Image, Archie, Dark Horse, Viz Media, Bongo Comics, Boom! Studios and Fantagraphics. The fare is almost all kid-friendly stuff, with Hello Kitty, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Spongebob Squarepants, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, and Uncle Scrooge comics all on tap.

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Frank Miller’s ’300′ Comic Sequel ‘Xerxes’ Will Debut Some Time After ’300: Rise Of An Empire’ Movie

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Dark Horse Comics/Frank Miller

Frank Miller apparently hasn't completed his sequel to the comic series 300Xerxes, over the course of nearly three years. This pace means the movie version of the story, titled 300: Rise of an Empire, will almost certainly be out well ahead of the book when it arrives in theaters on March 7.

ICv2 reports that Miller has finished two issues of the five-issue series. That's how far along he was when Dark Horse Comics CEO Mike Richardson talked to ICv2 in early 2011. Miller "has every intention of returning to the remaining Xerxes issues when his Hollywood commitments are complete," the site reports.

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The Best Comic Book Cover Artists of 2013: Part Three

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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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’300: Rise Of An Empire’ Gets A New Trailer [Video]

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In the 7+ years since 300 hit theaters, hints at a potential sequel, both to the movie and its inspiration, Frank Miller's 1998 comic series, have been coming at a trickle.

A new trailer has confirmed that a movie sequel titled 300: Rise of an Empire will be coming out next March, and it'll be based on Miller's graphic novel sequel, of which fans saw a preview back in Dark Horse Presents back in 2011.

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