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One Exclamation Point Isn’t Enough For Peter Bagge’s ‘Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story’

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Drawn & Quarterly

Peter Bagge's particular cartooning style is immediately identifiable as his and his alone, signified by big expressive faces, seemingly boneless rubber limbs, hunched question mark-shaped postures, and such gag comic staples to underline emotions as surprise lines, anger-waves and floating hearts.

Despite a long, varied and successful career in comics, he's probably not the first creator anyone would expect to produce a thoroughly researched comic-format biography of American literary giant Zora Neale Hurston.

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Enter A Strange State Of Nature With Michael DeForge’s ‘Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero’

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Drawn & Quarterly

Who is Sticks Angelica? According to no less an authority than Stick Angelica herself, she is a 49-year-old former Olympian, poet, scholar, sculptor, minister, activist, and all-around hyphenate celebrity who has left the public eye after a scandal involving her politician father, and moved into the Monterey National Park in Ontario.

She is also the title character of Sticks Angelica, Folk Hero, a comic strip-turned-graphic novel by Michael DeForge.

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History, Repeating: Should You Be Reading ‘Hark, A Vagrant’?

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Kate Beaton / Drawn & Quarterly

With Hark, A Vagrant, cartoonist Kate Beaton offers a weird, wacky, once a week (sometimes) webcomic strip about all the awfulness, honestness, and awesomeness of history, from the beginning of time to, uh, like yesterday.

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R. Sikoryak’s Graphic Novel Adaptation Of The iTunes Terms And Conditions Is Coming To Print Next Month

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As someone who once spent good money on a volume of manga that told the story of the secret origins of Cup Noodle --- you know, the microwave ramen --- and found it to be one of the most compelling comics I've ever read, I've always had an interest in comics that draw their inspiration from unusual sources. R. Sikoryak's latest big project, though, is one of the most interesting I've ever heard of --- a graphic adaptation of something a lot of people have seen, but almost no one has actually read.

That project: A 96-page illustrated take on Apple's iTunes Terms and Conditions document that reprints all that legal fine print in its entirety, with no additional dialogue or narration. But while it might be a strict adaptation in terms of text, there's one more twist: Each page is drawn in a different style, as an homage to everything from Winsor McKay to Marjane Satrapi to Frank Miller to Jack Kirby to Raina Telgemeier and beyond.

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Yearender: Looking Ahead To The Most Exciting New Comics Coming In 2017

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It’s the end of the year! We’ve made it through 2016, a year of departures, returns, arrivals, civil wars, and young animals. Valiant was building up Faith, Top Shelf completed its March, and Mike Mignola wrapped up Hellboy’s grand journey. Mildred Louis sent the Agents of the Realm off on further adventures, Wonder Woman celebrated her 75th anniversary, and Bleach reached its final chapter. It’s been another staggering year for comics everywhere.

So where does that leave us for 2017? As we hit the end of the year, so we reach the ComicsAlliance Yearender once more. Read on; there are so, so many great comics waiting for us all next year!

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases for December 21 2016

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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.

It’s with these challenges in mind that we’ve created Best Comic Books Ever (This Week), an ongoing guide curated by the ComicsAlliance staff. This is where new comics readers and seasoned Wednesday shoppers alike can find our picks of the best books the medium has to offer.

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Comics Alliance Gift Guide: Wordy Books For Comics Nerds

The Caped Crusade, by Glen Weldon

Anyone who identifies as a comics nerd (and we use that word in the most celebratory sense) must love reading. And even beyond reading comics, there are plenty of books about comics that they could be reading.

So dive in to this gift guide and find a book or two for the history buff, nerdy academic relative, or bookworm kid in your life!

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Comics Alliance Gift Guide: Comics For Your Favorite Political Activists

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We live in politically charged times, and it seems that more people are finding their voice and speaking out about the very many negative aspects of modern politics and politicians. If you have someone in your life that seeks to shake up the system and speak truth to power, we've assembled a holiday gift guide packed with comics perfect for the dissident in you life.

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Tom Gauld On ‘Mooncop’, His Melancholy Comedy About A Cop On The Moon [Interview]

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British cartoonist Tom Gauld's new graphic novel Mooncop imagines an actualization of the lunar colony concept of moonshot-era pop culture as it might be if the colony had followed the path of our collective gradual disenchantment with space. Gauld employs his signature simple style in service of a story that is at once an accomplished work of deadpan comedy and a meditation on the passage of time. ComicsAlliance spoke to to Gauld about his inspiration and his work.

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Best Comic Books Ever (This Week): New Releases for September 14 2016

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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.

It’s with these challenges in mind that we’ve created Best Comic Books Ever (This Week), an ongoing guide curated by the ComicsAlliance staff. This is where new comics readers and seasoned Wednesday shoppers alike can find our picks of the best books the medium has to offer.

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