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The Comics Alliance Guide to San Diego Comic-Con 2014: What To Do On Thursday

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With more than 200 panels to choose from at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday alone, the programming at the show can be completely overwhelming -- and it's far too easy to miss a panel you know you might have loved, or to find yourself on the wrong side of the con floor five minutes before a great panel is about to start!

Take heart, brave reader. ComicsAlliance has sifted through the schedule to offer up our pick of the best panels, screenings, and events, starting with programming for Thursday 24th July -- with an emphasis, of course, on comics programming.

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Image Announces Comic-Con Exclusives, Including ‘Giant Size Kung Fu Bible Stories’ by Erik Larsen & Bruce Timm

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Comic-Con International in San Diego is just a few short days away, which means that we are finally coming to an end of the series of big reveals of exclusives that you can only pick up on the con floor next week. Today, it's Image Comics, and they're putting out con-exclusive paperbacks and variant covers for books like Rocket Girl, TechJacket and more

There's also an out-of-nowhere anthology paperback called Giant-Size Kung Fu Bible Stories, edited by Erik Larsen and Bruce Timm, and I know that I need it in my life. The title alone is worth the price of admission. Reportedly years in the making, the book features all-new stories by Larsen, Timm, Adam Warren, (Empowered), Tom Scioli (Gødland), Ryan Ottley (Invincible), Andy Kuhn (Firebreather), and Arthur Adams (Uncanny X-Men). The collection, described by Image as a Treasury Edition, will be available in limited quantities exclusively at the Image Comics booth.

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Harvey Awards Announces 2014 Nominees, Congratulations In Advance To ‘Hawkeye’ #11

Harvey Award Nominations, 2014

A nomination for a Harvey Award, named for legendary MAD Magazine cartoonist and editor Harvey Kurtzman, is unquestionably the most prestigious honor that has ever been bestowed on a comic book about NASCAR. Seriously. It happened in 2009 with NASCAR Heroes.

The Harvey Awards have released the list of this year's nominees. As you might expect, the usual suspects like Hawkeye and Daredevil were honored, along with other nomination leaders Saga and Quantum and Woody. Archie, Valiant and Image all received a good amount of nominations, but it's BOOM! Studios, along with its Archaia imprint, that earned the most recognition with 26 nominations; well more than any other publisher.

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Scott Snyder & Jock Reveal First Pages From Incoming Image Series ‘Wytches’

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Writer Scott Snyder and artist Jock collaborated on what will likely go down as the best Dick-Grayson-as-Batman story, 'The Black Mirror,' so it just makes sense for them to work together again.

Their new series, Wytches, isn't quite what you might expect. It's a horror story -- about witches, if you haven't guessed -- though Jock is often thought of as an artist who specializes in action. And it's published by Image Comics, despite Snyder seeming firmly entrenched at DC for the past several years (though his series Severed was also at Image).

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One-Shot Gallery’s Image Comics Tribute Show Features Art Inspired By Spawn, WildC.A.T.S, Saga And More

One-Shot Gallery's 'From Spawn To Saga' Image Tribute Show

Ever since it was founded back in 1992, Image Comics has been one of the driving forces in American comic books. Whether it was those early days of Spawn and Youngblood or the more recent critically acclaimed hits like Powers, Saga and The Manhattan Projects, the publisher's a vital part of the rise and enduring popularity of creator-owned comics, often releasing some of the best things going.

This week, New York's One-Shot Gallery kicked off a show celebrating 22 years of Image with art inspired by the publisher's long roster of titles. Curiously, The Rob's work seems to be underrepresented, but there's still a lot of great stuff from artists like Paigey, Amy Reeder and Hoang Tran, whose carved crayon sculptures are basically amazing.

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Rick Remender & Greg Tocchini Get ‘Low’ With A Beautiful Looking Sci-Fi Series From Image

Low, by Rick Remender and Greg Tocchini

Over the past couple of years, Rick Remender has done a pretty solid job of balancing his work for Marvel with creator-owned titles. In addition to his work on Captain America, he's launched Black Science with Matteo Scalera and Deadly Class with Wesley Craig and Lee Loughridge, and now, he and artist Greg Tocchini are reuniting for a new sci-fi series called Low.

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Now Is Awesome: Joe Keatinge & Khary Randolph On The Resurrection Of ‘Tech Jacket’ [Interview]

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This week Image Comics released the first issue of Tech Jacket by Joe Keatinge and Khary Randolph. And while this may be the first time many of today's readers have heard of the title, it's actually been lurking around the edges of the Image line for over a decade. Created in 2002 by pre-Walking-Dead Robert Kirkman and artist E.J. Su, the eponymous Tech Jacket is a wearable cache of the most powerful weapons in the universe, bestowed irreversibly unto teenager Zack Thompson when he encountered a dying alien. Naturally, Zack used his newfound abilities to become a galactic warrior of great worth and protecting Earth from universal threats with more enthusiasm and wide-eyed wonder than other Earthborn space cops you might have heard of.

The original series ran for only six issues but the story was later continued as a back-up in the pages of Kirkman and Ryan Ottley's Invincible. Then, earlier this year, Keatinge and Randolph produced a trio of digital issues that revitalized the concepts and characters and paved the way for this new ongoing series.

With issue #1 on sale now from Image and Kirkman's Skybound imprint, ComicsAlliance spoke to the creative team about what drew them to these characters and concepts, and what plans they have in store for the series.

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Best Comic Book Covers Ever (This Month): June 2014

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A great comic book cover has a lot of work to do. It’s both an advertisement and a work of art; both a statement and an invitation. Sometimes they convey character, sometimes mood, sometimes moment. Sometimes they pastiche the classics or pay tribute to the past; sometimes they strive to show us something entirely new. Always they show us a glimpse of somewhere else through a canvas no bigger than a window pane. In Best Comic Book Covers Ever (This Month), we look back over some of the most eye-catching, original and exceptional covers of the month that was.

Bloodbaths, glowing hands, and sinister animal silhouettes; these are a few of comics' favorite things, judging by the comic book covers from June 2014. Read on for great covers from Riley Rossmo, Christian Ward, Russell Dauterman, Jerome Opeña, and more.

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‘The Wicked + The Divine’ #2 Variant Cover Gazes A Gazely Stare

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Because you're young you may not realize the latest Wicked + Divine variant cover is a particularly cheeky reference to a 1976 mugshot of David Bowie, himself a major inspiration on the Kieron Gillen/Jamie McKelvie series about ancient gods reincarnated as glamorous pop stars. But hang on to yourself; the only way to get ahold of this conversation piece is to buy it from Beach Ball and Corner Store Comics in California.

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Oh Snap! The Godlike Genius of ‘The Wicked + The Divine’

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The mark of a great pop song is not just that it's a pleasure to hear and hear again, but that it rewards struggling with it. Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie have been conflating pop music and comics since they first collaborated on Phonogram ten years ago; Gillen's described the central conceit of their new series The Wicked + The Divine as "gods as pop stars, and pop stars as gods." That's a good way of describing the story itself -- but the comic is also about presenting Gillen and McKelvie as pop stars, and as pop mechanics. It's the product of a decade spent working out what makes comics click, and how to make them speak to a mass audience.

I've been fortunate enough to read the first two issues of The Wicked + The Divine; they're marvelous, a little bit maddening, and thoroughly worth wrestling with.

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