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Batman: Arkham Knight Earns Series’ First ‘M’ Rating

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Everybody hold on to your pants because for the first time in the series, the ESRB has given a Batman: Arkham title a mature rating. That means things are going to get pretty intense in Batman: Arkham Knight.. We're freaking out.

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‘Ghostbusters’ Board Game Launches On Kickstarter, Promising Real Wrath Of God Type Stuff

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Good news for those of you who have been wondering who to call if there's an invisible man sleeping in your bed: Cryptozoic launched a Kickstarter campaign today for a Ghostbusters board game, and it looks awesome.

Set for release, appropriately enough, by Halloween of this year, the game is for one to four players, with reversible tiles for the board and cooperative mechanics that allow you to play as the characters from the 1984 classic, duking it out with enemies from the movies, the cartoon, and the comics. And if you're a fan of the IDW books -- which I am -- there's a pretty good reason to be excited: The designs for the characters were all done by comic artist Dan Schoening.

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Ursula, Captain Cold, Rosalina, Rom the Spaceknight & More

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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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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Mysterio, Kaneda, Poison Ivy, Pocahontas & 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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‘The Sims’ Paris Art Show: Enjoy The Pictures, Try Not To Set Them On Fire

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In what seems like a fever dream straight from my brain, Geek-Art and French Paper Art Club have teamed up to put on The Sims Official 15th Anniversary Art Show at Espace oppidum in Paris. The pieces will also be available in very limited prints following the show, available on the French Paper Art Club site (which has a ton of really gorgeous prints besides these Sims pieces).

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Watch Bizarro Fight Bane For Some Reason In Footage From 2012′s Unreleased ‘Justice League’ Fighting Game

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I've mentioned before that I've always been fascinated by comics and video games that never quite made it to the shelves, and this week, YouTube's PTOPOnline, which specializes in unearthing those exact unreleased games, found one that's of particular interest: a Justice League fighting game for XBox360 that was in production back in 2012.

What makes this one so interesting (at least to me) is that we actually did get a Justice League fighting game (of sorts) in the form of Injustice: Gods Among Us just a year after this one was in development. Well, that, and the fact that it's illustrated with that timeless comic book conflict of Bizarro vs. Bane, in what seems to be a battle of who can best punch the other directly in the crotch. Give it a watch!

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And Then There Was The Time Kurt Busiek, Dell Barras And Mike Mignola Did A ‘Final Fantasy’ Comic That Never Came Out

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I've always been fascinated by unfinished stories and pitches for comic books that never came out. There's always a level of mystery to them, trying to figure out how things might've been different if we actually got these stories that, for whatever reason, never actually made it to the shelves. This week, our pals over at Robot 6 unearthed one of the most interesting examples I've ever seen of a great comic that never happened: A Final Fantasy comic, based on the video game, by Kurt Busiek, Dell Barras and Mike Mignola.

And here's the really interesting part: The book may have never happened, but it got close enough that, of the four-issue adaptation of Final Fantasy IV, all four issues were scripted, with covers my Mignola, and two were actually drawn.

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Ask Chris #226: Pitching The ‘Final Fight’ Comic The World Deserves

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Q: Which video game series would you love to pitch a comic series for? -- @rrob_IV

A: I'm not going to lie to you, Rob: I have always wanted to make comics about video games. I think I've talked about this before, but the first memory I have of actually trying to make comics was laying on the floor of a hotel room at Myrtle Beach one summer vacation, drawing a version of the junkyard scene from Batman #425 that had Blanka and Dhalsim from Street Fighter in place of the standard thugs. It was actually a pretty big dream of mine, and a few years ago, I actually got the chance to pitch a comic based on one of my all-time favorite games. I even ended up writing a pretty big chunk of the script.

So, since you asked, let's talk about the time that I almost wrote a comic based on Final Fight.

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The ComicsAlliance 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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The Holiday Gift-Giving season is upon us once again, and as always, that presents a pretty unique problem for comic book readers. We tend to hit our local shops or Comixology every week to grab our favorite books, so when it comes to finding something in comics that we really like, well, chances are good that we already have it. Fortunately, there's a lot of really cool stuff out there that's related to comics that makes for a fine gift.

So whether you're looking for something to give to a comic book fan or just looking for something to tell your loved ones to look for so that you don't end up with another box of Spider-Man themed Monopoly (note: this is the worst possible present), we're here with the first installment of our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide!

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New Arkham Knight Trailer: Batman Rolls In With Guns A-Blaze… Wait What?

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For those of you who prefer to see Batman driving around in a car with a gigantic gun sticking out at the top, blowing up tanks, shooting people and also shoving crooks' heads into electrified fuse boxes, we have some good news! For those of you who don't, well, maybe just close this window and go for a walk for a few minutes or something. See, this week brought us some new footage from Rocksteady's upcoming Batman: Arkham Knight video game, in which Batman takes on a small army of soldiers and (presumably unmanned) tanks led by the title villain to rescue a few NPCs in an all-out assault on Ace Chemical.

And just so you don't think it's all just things designed to make me grumpy, you also get to see Batman doing a straight-up Street Fighter-style shoryuken, and that's pretty awesome.

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