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Comics Alliance Podcast 102: The Dueling Philosophies of Eric Stephenson and Dan DiDio

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Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance podcast, covering the latest comic book entertainment news topics. Joining Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner for this episode is CA writer Matt D. Wilson for a conversations about the the keynote address delivered by Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson to the ComicsPro Retailer Conference in Atlanta. Stephenson made a characteristically iconoclastic and not altogether unassailable presentation, urging retailers to become community leaders, abandon their support of gimmicky, high-priced publishing practices, and draw a distinction between good and bad comics.

We’ll contrast Stephenson’s remarks with those of Dan DiDio, his counterpart at DC Comics, one of the stop superhero publishers, who in an interview this week confirmed plans to double— even triple-down — on weekly comics, crossovers and 3D covers, publishing strategies that are seemingly exactly the sort of thing Stephenson that criticized.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 Recap, Episode 12: ‘Still’

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Season four of The Walking Dead, AMC’s television adaptation of the Eisner Award-winning Image Comics series launched by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and now drawn by Charlie Adlard, is well into its second half, and the despair has been turned up to eleven. ComicsAlliance’s John Parker is back again to see who lives, who dies, and who trips at the Oscars again because she's just so awkward and down-to-earth.

As the few remaining survivors continue to fend off the constant threats that relentlessly surround them, a seemingly simple idea drives them to complete an unlikely mission that promises to inspire everyone involved in the operation. That’s what my cable guide says, anyway.

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Image Publisher Eric Stephenson To Retailers: ‘Good Comics And Bad Comics’ Are All That Matter

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Image Comics Publisher Eric Stephenson took a shot across the bow at not just Marvel and DC in his address to the ComicsPRO retailers meeting in Atlanta Friday, but also Dark Horse, BOOM! Studios and other s, denouncing the practices of renumbering series, event comics, gimmick covers, licensed comics based on cartoons and films, and charging up to $7.99 for an issue.

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Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week): Yasmin Liang, Roc Upchurch and Sara Pichelli

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

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 2, ‘A House Divided’ Trailer Arrives [Video]

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The first episode of the second season of Telltale Games' episodic The Walking Dead video game series seemed to take the franchise in a more ominous direction. If the trailer for the second episode, titled "A House Divided," is indicative of its tone, it'll continue the trend.

See a little bit of what's in store for Clementine after the jump.

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Trees: Warren Ellis and Jason Howard’s New Book for Image Comics

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Teased on Tuesday and confirmed early Wednesday morning, Trees is a new comic book miniseries written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Jason Howard. Described by Ellis (Planetary, FreakAngels, the forthcoming Moon Knight)  as a science fiction comics serial that w

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 Recap, Episode 11: ‘Claimed’

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Season four of The Walking Dead, AMC’s television adaptation of the Eisner Award-winning Image Comics series launched by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and now drawn by Charlie Adlard, is well into its second half, and the despair has been turned up to eleven. ComicsAlliance’s John Parker is back again to see who lives, who dies, and who rocks a mullet like his last name is Ray Cyrus.

A massive revelation rocks the world of The Walking Dead to its core! is what I would say if that had happened.

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘The Wicked & The Divine’ #1 Covers By Jamie McKelvie & Matt Wilson

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Described writer Kieron Gillen as "a superhero comic for anyone who loves Bowie as much as Batman," The Wicked & The Divine launches this June from Image Comics. The first issue will come with two covers by series artist and co-creator Jamie McKelvie and colorist Matt Wilson that succinctly and spectacularly express the core relationship of the story, that of the goddess Luci(fer) and her devotee Laura, who wishes to make the move from fan-to-pro, as it were. Both covers are now available as high quality, limited edition giclee prints directly from the artist.

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‘The Walking Dead’ Season 4 Recap, Episode 10: ‘Inmates’

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Season four of The Walking Dead, AMC’s television adaptation of the Eisner Award-winning Image Comics series created by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore and drawn by Charlie Adlard, has returned from its mid-season break. ComicsAlliance’s John Parker is back again to see who lives, who dies, and what fire does to zombies.

As the rest of the survivors struggle with hope, a familiar face returns, some new faces appear, and other faces do stuff. It's pretty face-heavy.

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Kyle Baker’s Upcoming Manga Inspired ‘Circuit Breaker’ Comic Looks Like It’s Going To Be Great

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A little while back Kyle Baker revealed on his website details of Circuit Breaker, his upcoming Image comic. Illustrated by Baker and written by Kevin McCarthy, the comic stars a young girl robot in a future Tokyo and is inspired largely by the work of Osamu Tezuka. Baker revealed some early art when the title was first announced, but he's posted a new page, both at the ink stage and in color, and I'm excited about this comic all over again. No word yet on when it will arrive in stores, but you can check out the latest art below, as well as some early pages you may have missed, below.

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