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Ty Templeton Draws Batman As Created By Bob Kane And Nobody Else

Bob Kane's Batman by Ty Templeton

Here at ComicsAlliance, we've grumbled more than a couple of times about the persistent, legally mandated "Batman Created By Bob Kane" credit that appears on every single Batman story. The truth of the matter is that Batman was at best a collaborative effort between Kane and writer Bill Finger, who sadly remains unknown to many fans to this day. But what if -- and this is a really big "what if" -- that credit was actually accurate?

As Bill Finger's 100th birthday approaches, that's the question cartoonist Ty Templeton, artist of Bill the Boy Wonder, has set out to answer in a strip that shows Batman in the form that was actually created by Kane, and it's not exactly a familiar site. Check it out below!

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Ryan North, Christopher Hastings And Anthony Clark Launch ShiftyLook’s ‘DigDug’ Comic [Interview]

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Back in 2012, Namco launched ShiftyLook with an eye on turning older video game franchises like Bravoman and Rolling Thunder into webcomics, and they've done a good job of it, too. Galaga, in which Ryan North, Christopher Hastings and Anthony Clark reimagined space combat as the story of two teenage girls building spaceships out of giant pixels and blasting off to defend Earth alongside a two-fisted President, was one of ComicsAlliance's best comics of 2013, and now, they're giving the team a second chance at capturing that magic.

Today, North, Clark and Hastings launched DigDug, a short story based on the classic 1982 arcade game. I spoke to the three creators to find out more about how they adapt an 8-bit game into a character-based story, where they find time to take on an additional project and whether they've officially named their team.

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Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week): Jayd Aït-Kaci, Chris Samnee, Sean Ford

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

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate Or Die’ in ‘Pros & Cons’

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Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents “Kate or Die,” a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our favorite webcomics cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate reviews some helpful tips for enhancing the happiness of your favorite creators at comic book conventions.

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Read This Comic: Rich Burlew’s ‘Order Of The Stick’

Order of the Stick, Rich Burlew

I've been a fan of Rich Burlew's Order of the Stick for almost as long as the comic's existed. Over the course of the strip, clocking it at almost a thousand installments, Burlew's been building a complex fantasy universe, launched a record-breaking Kickstarter, and done everything from gags about obscure rules changes in Dungeons and Dragons to sprawling commentary on the nature of Good and Evil, in both roleplaying game and philosophical terms. Even if you're not the kind of person who likes sitting around a table throwing around 20-sided dice and figuring out your Base Attack Bonus on scratch paper, it makes a pretty compelling read.

As the most recent storyline comes to a close, though, all those things have come together in a way that works perfectly. It's better than it's ever been in the past ten years, and a huge part of that is the way that Burlew has been using stick figures battling with swords as a platform to examine the nature of fiction, and how playing with the rules of a narrative can lead to some beautiful storytelling.

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate Or Die’ In ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ [Original Comic Strip]

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Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents "Kate or Die," a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our longtime favorite webcomics cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate takes looks at the brave and glorious future to come in 2014 and suggests some resolutions for the dedicated comic book fan.

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

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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 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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Merry Christmas From Supergirl, Batgirl and Cartoonist Mike Maihack [Webcomic]

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If you aren't familiar with Mike Maihack's Supergirl and Batgirl comic strips, you're missing out. Best known for his creator owned Cleopatra in Space, as well as his contributions to Archaia's Jim Henson's Storyteller, Maichack started his Supergirl Batgirl strips in 2011, and they're pretty great. While they've recently taken a back seat so that Maihack can focus on his creator owned projects, he does make a return for special occasions, including this year's Christmas strip, which you can check out below.

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate Or Die’ in ‘Holiday Cards’ [Original Comic Strip]

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Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents "Kate or Die," a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our longtime favorite webcomics cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate takes a typically sardonic view of the Xmas season with a series of holiday cards made just for your loved ones in the comic book industry.

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate Or Die’ in ‘Babes with the Power’ [Original Comic Strip]

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Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents "Kate or Die," a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our longtime favorite webcomics cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate takes on the conventional Hollywood wisdom that women action heroes don't "open" movies, a claim that's been refuted time and again, but never more spectacularly than in recent years.

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