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12 Days of Christmas, Day 1: Ben Bates

The holiday season has arrived, and with the help of the illustrious Periscope Studios, we’re launching a very special project today: The 12 Days of ComicsAlliance Christmas.

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Each day from now until the 25th, we’ll be posting original art from incredible creators like Steve Lieber (“Whiteout”), Jeff Parker (“Agents of Atlas”), and Colleen Coover (“X-Men: First Class”) that takes us on a trip through the traditional carol with a twist of comics parody!

Naturally, we’re beginning at the beginning, with the 1st day of Christmas: a partridge in a pear tree, as interpreted by artist Ben Bates. Ben points out that not only is Scrooge McDuck based on the infamous holiday miser from “A Christmas Carol,” but he first appeared in a holiday comic called “Christmas on Bear Mountain,” where he invites Huey, Dewey, and Louie to his mansion and then sets wild bears loose on them. Really, that’s almost true.

Keep an eye out for Ben on Dark Horse Presents, where his work will appear in a paranormal comic called “S.H.O.O.T. First,” and come back tomorrow for Day 2, and turtledoves like you’ve never seen them before.

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On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me… a “partridge” in a pear tree.

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