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Comics Alliance Gift Guide: Comics For Your Favorite Political Activists


We live in politically charged times, and it seems that more people are finding their voice and speaking out about the very many negative aspects of modern politics and politicians. If you have someone in your life that seeks to shake up the system and speak truth to power, we've assembled a holiday gift guide packed with comics perfect for the dissident in you life.

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Comics Alliance Gift Guide: What to Buy For Aspiring Comics Creators


The percentage of comics consumers who actually want to become comics creators is probably higher than in most other mediums, and while the barriers to comics publication are lower than ever, with multiple sites offering hosting for free, there are still plenty of barriers to creation to overcome, from acquiring the right tools to developing the right skills. We've put together this gift guide to help you buy the ideal present for an aspiring comic creator.

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Comics Alliance Gift Guide: What To Buy For Young Readers


The holiday season is fast approaching, and that means it's time to hit the shops! If you're looking for inspiration for gifts for all the important people in your life, ComicsAlliance has put together a series of guides centered on different themes and personalities!

It's likely that everyone read some form of comics as a child, and for many of us it's where our passion for the medium first began. If you've got a young reader in your life who can't get enough of comic books, or you're ready to start them on that adventure, we've put together a list of some of the best titles for young readers available to buy today.

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Get A History Lesson Van Lente And Dunlavey’s In ‘Comic Book History Of Comics’ #1 [Preview]

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As a medium, comics has grown and shifted in so many interesting ways over the past century, and even further beyond that. Originally self-published in black and white, IDW are re-releasing Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey's enormously entertaining and informational The Comic Book History of Comics with colors by Adam Guzowski and the publisher has provided us with a look at the first issue.

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‘X-O Manowar’ Comes To A Thundering End With A 64-Page Final Issue [Preview]

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For the past five years, XO Manowar has been Valiant's flagship title, but now the story of Aric of Dacia, a barbarian plucked from the fringes of the Roman empire and returned to Earth with an alien battle-suit that might be the single most powerful weapon in the galaxy, is coming to a close. And given that high concept, you can probably guess that it's not going to be a quiet ending.

When the final issue hits shelves next week, it's coming with 64 pages of story and a truly overwhelming number of variant covers --- including a Ninjak story from Jody Houser and Javier Pulido that looks fantastic. Check it out with a preview below!

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Get Hassled By the Man In ‘Generation Zero’ #2

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In its first issue of Generation Zero, Fred Van Lente and Francis Portela kicked off a story of teenagers in trouble by including everything that today's #teens are into. There's stuff like text messaging, parties out in the woods, conspiracies, urban renewal, weaponized geometry, anagrams. You know, everything the kids these days enjoy.

When the book hits its second issue next month, though, the danger of the corner men and the sinister motivations behind Rook, and Michigan's rebirth as a technological suburban paradise, are going to go even deeper. Check out a preview below!

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Weekender: Mare Odomo, ‘Performance’, And Calling Cthulhu


The weekend is here! Take a look back at what’s happened in the past seven days. New comics, new stories, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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Marvel NOW Line-Up Leaks Online Confirming New Series For ‘Solo’, ‘Foolkiller’, ‘Prowler’ And More


Marvel’s reveal of its Marvel NOW line of comics set for release in the wake of Civil War II has taken the form of a steady drip of announcements over the past week and a half, but now news is flooding in, and not all from official sources. Leaked scans of this week's Marvel NOW Previews magazine revealing the publisher's line-up for October and beyond have hit the internet via sites such as Reddit and 4chan.

We’ve rounded up all the information we could find to give you a sense of the new landscape of the Marvel Universe this fall.

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Hero of the Wasteland: ‘4001 A.D.: War Mother’ by Fred Van Lente and Tomas Giorello [Preview]

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A new hero of the future is getting her own one-shot from Valiant Comics this August, courtesy of writer Fred Van Lente and artist Tomás Giorello. War Mother has previously appeared only as a cameo in last summer's Harvey-nominated Book of Death limited series. Readers will learn more about who she is and what she's up to in 4001 A.D.: War Mother, a spin-off of Valiant's current 4001 A.D. event.

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The Online Revolution Begins In ‘Generation Zero’ #1 [Preview]

Generation Zero #1, Valiant Entertainment

I'm pretty excited about virtually any new comics project from Fred Van Lente, but I'll admit that I've been having a little trouble getting an idea of what Generation Zero, the new book from Valiant by Van Lente and Francis Portela, is all about. Really, the only thing I knew was that it was going to feature someone spraypainting a school bus, and really, that could be anything from wacky high school hijinx to something that happens during the Purge.

Now that I've read a preview and gotten a look at the solicitation, though, I think I get the high concept: It's The A-Team for #millennial #teens. Check out a preview!

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