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Pope, Sienkiewicz, Shimizu Among 26 Comic Artists Contributing To Criterion’s ‘Zatoichi’ Box Set

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This might be the strongest "oh crap I need to own that" reaction I've had to anything in 2013 so far. Criterion, the company that produces high-end Blu-ray/DVD collections of classic films, has recruited more than 25 artists to produce illustrations for an upcoming Zatoichi box set, collecting the 25 Zatoichi films produced between 1962 and 1973. The list of creators involved is somewhat staggering, with names like Bill Sienkiewicz, Ron Wimberly, Yuko Shimizu, Jim Rugg, Paul Pope, Samuel Hiti and more.

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Benjamin Marra Announces ‘Blades & Lazers’ So The Rest Of Us Can Stop Coming Up With Titles Now

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Back in June, I wrote about how excited I was to sit down with a stack of Benjamin Marra's Traditional Comics. There's just something about those lurid black-and-white adventures like Night Business that hits my nostalgia for both VHS-only action movies and the black and white indie boom of the '80s perfectly. I love 'em, and now, Marra has announced that he's adding another title to the Traditional roster, debuting at SPX in September.

It stars a pair of brothers who may in fact both be loosely inspired by Arnold Schwarzenegger and it's called Blades & Lazers, which I think we can all agree is the best title of all time.

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The Con Haul: Highlights From HeroesCon 2013

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As much as I like digging through the quarter bins for a run of Punisher 2099, the real action at a convention always comes from browsing through Artist's Alley for the new books that you can't get anywhere else. As much as the focus at conventions falls on superheroes, there's a lot of great independent stuff out there that you can pick up directly from the people who made it -- and it's especially easy at a convention like Charlotte's HeroesCon, which gives a huge amount of floor space over to the indies.

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The Charles Xavier Memorial Awards: ComicsAlliance’s Best Comics of 2012, Part 2

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We didn't realize when we set out to list our favorite comic books of 2012 that it had been such a fun year to be a fan of the medium that we all love so much. The last twelve months offered readers a wide variety of work ranging from the most crowd-pleasing superhero epics to the most idiosyncratic of indies; the return of much missed mangaka and the emergence of exciting new talent; a new crowd-sponsored visibility for self-publishing; and the ascension of the fan artist from bedroom dreamer to Tumblr tycoon. It was a busy a

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Benjamin Marra’s ‘American Psycho’ Comics Now Available As Broadsheet Newspaper [Preview]

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One of the standout releases of last year's Brooklyn Comics + Graphics Festival was a characteristically striking series of self-published zines from Benjamin Marra (The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd) based on the filmed version of Bret Easton Ellis' infamous novel, American Psycho. Rendered in Marra's distinctive high-contrast style, each image recreates a moment from director Mary Harron's cult favorite film in such a way as to eclipse that mo

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Report from the Brooklyn Comics + Graphics Festival 2011 and a Look at ‘Kramers Ergot 8′

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I took a plane from Hollywood across the country to the third annual Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival. One weekend. A lot of hassle, a lot of money, a lot of time that could be spent doing much more responsible things. I didn't even h

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DC Fifty-Too: Cartoonists Create Their Own DC Comics Relaunch [Art]

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It's exactly two weeks until DC Comics releases Justice League #1, just the first of no fewer than 52 new series launching or relaunching in September as part of "The New 52," a bold and controversial initiative whereby the publisher is retooling, redesigning and in some cases wholly rebooting many of its classic titles and characters in an effort to aggressively engage new readers. The move has inspired co

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The 12 Days of Comic Book Christmas, Day 2: Benjamin Marra

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Because we're feeling the pull of the yuletide (whatever the heck that is), we decided to start a countdown to Christmas in the tradition of that old holiday standard, The 12 Days of Christmas. Except

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‘The Incredibly Fantastic Adventures of Maureen Dowd’ [Preview]

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A Nick Gurewitch Comic Drawn by Kate Beaton in ‘Strange Tales’ #3 [Exclusive Preview]

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Here at ComicsAlliance, we proudly wear our fondness for Marvel's Strange Tales anthologies on our sleeve. Both sleeves, actually. And if one of us sprouted a third arm, we would stitch on another sleeve, and wear it on that one too. Why so

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