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IDW Announces Francesco Francavilla As New ‘The X-Files’ Cover Artist [Interview]

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Chances are, even if you weren't a big fan of The X-Files, you know someone who was. One of the most popular shows on television throughout its run, The X-Files produced more than 200 episodes across nine full seasons, two movies, and elevated actors David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson to stardom. Twenty years after the show's debut, it's still revisited and celebrated by much of its fan base. And like many television series before it, The X-Files has seen its universe expanded or otherwise further explored through comics, the most recent and significant example being IDW's The X-Files Season 10. Written by Joe Harris, the ongoing series continues the adventures of Agents Mulder and Scully. In today's solicits for the titles the publisher will release in March, IDW revealed that Menton3 will take over as interior artist with issue #10, and the series covers will now be illustrated by the prolific and award winning Francesco Francavilla.

Francavilla, who ComicsAlliance recently named as one of the best cover artists of 2013, is a self-professed "huge" fan of the show. We spoke with the artist about his love for the series, as well as his approach to this latest project.

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The Best Comic Book Cover Artists of 2013: Part Three

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With hundreds of comics released to stores every month, a great cover can make a big difference. That tiny rectangle needs to grab the eye, set a mood, convey an idea, and entice a reader to pick the book up and look inside. It takes a great cover artist to get all of that right.

ComicsAlliance continues its look back at some of the best cover work in 2013 from some of the most talented cover artists in the industry. This week we pick highlights from the work of Nathan Fox (Collider/FBP), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and John Paul Leon (The Massive).

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Arcade Fire, the Fresh Prince, Humpty Hump and More

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

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DC Announces New Weekly Series ‘Batman: Eternal,’ ‘Detective Comics’ #27 To Feature Work From Miller, Adams & More [NYCC 2013]

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From 52 to Countdown to Trinity, there was a three year period in which weekly comics were a staple of DC Comics' publishing initiativeNow the publisher is returning to the format, as today DC Comics announced Batman: Eternal, a year long weekly series focusing on the Dark Knight and Gotham City. The title will feature a writing team led by current Batman scribe Scott Snyder, and its launch will coincide with the character's 75th anniversary.

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Buy This Book: ‘Afterlife With Archie’ #1

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If you had asked me six months ago whether we, as a culture, ever needed another story that took a familiar story and added zombies to create wacky supernatural hijinx, my answer would've been a quick and definite no. It's a premise that's been done to death, shambling resurrection and death again, and when October rolls around, you can't swing a dead cat that feasts for the flesh of the living without hitting some bold new reworking of the zombie formula.

If, however, you then asked me if I wanted to see a zombie story about Archie and the gang written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and illustrated by Francesco Francavilla, I would've probably done some pretty quick backpedaling. That is exactly what I want to see, and now that Afterlife With Archie is finally on its way for a spoooooky Halloween debut, I can confirm that it's every bit as fun as you want it to be.

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Best Art Ever (This Week) – 09.13.13

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

 

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Best Art Ever (This Week) – 08.16.13

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

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Francesco Francavilla’s ‘Breaking Bad’ Art Part Of A Special Package For The Cast And Crew

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Breaking Bad returns this weekend for its final season, and like a lot of us, Francesco Francavilla is a pretty big fan. So much so, in fact, that he's created minimalist posters for episodes of the series' first two seasons. They've spread around the internet quite a bit, and a lot of people have enjoyed them -- including the producers of the show, who asked Francavilla's permission to use some of the images in an exclusive hardcover book they put together that will be distributed among the cast and crew only.

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‘American Vampire’ Anthology To Feature Work From Rucka, Aaron, Cloonan, Moon, Ba & More

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While Scott Snyder's work on Batman has made him immensely popular among readers, the title that he first made his name on, and possibly the one most important to him, is American Vampire, his creator-owned series for Vertigo. Written by Snyder and illustrated by co-creator Rafael Albuquerque, American Vampire is the tale of Pearl, an aspiring actress turned into an ageless vampire in the 1920s. Through the lens of Pearl and her life, Snyder and Albuquerque explore the rise of America, from the 1920s up to, eventually, the present day.

The Eisner Award-winning series has been on hiatus since issue #34 in January, but to help fill the void for readers, Vertigo is releasing an American Vampire anthology, with nine short stories from an impressive line up of creators: Greg Rucka, Becky Cloonan, Jason Aaron, John Paul Leon, Francesco Francavilla, Gail Simone, Jeff Lemire, Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon, Declan Shalvey and more. You can check out the full lineup, plus preview art from the issue, below.

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Link Ink: ‘LEGO Marvel Super Heroes’ Gets Wolverined, An MoTU Movie Update And A Wooden Cylon

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Tuesday's links ahoy! (after the jump)

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