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That Darn Cat: The Extraordinary Story of Jim Davis’s ‘Garfield’ Empire

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June 19 marks the anniversary of the 1978 debut of literally the most read comic strip in the world: Jim Davis's Garfield. Syndicated in over 2,600 newspapers around the world, the daily non-adventures of a lazy orange cat and the dumb person he lives with have delighted readers and audiences for decades.

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Bringing a Vintage Twist: Artist Genevieve FT [Hire This Woman]

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Hire This Woman is a recurring feature on ComicsAlliance that shines a spotlight on female comics creators, whether they're relative newcomers or experienced pros who are ready to break out. In an overwhelmingly male business, we want to draw your attention to these creators --- and to raise their profile with editors and industry gatekeepers.

Artist Genevieve FT has worked in animation and video games, but also has a love of comics. She's drawn Garfield comics as well as covers for Adventure Time, Bravest Warriors, and Archie Comics.

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Push Comics Forward: Talking About The Future With Boom EIC Matt Gagnon

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Boom Studios has a reputation in the comics industry for publishing an increasingly diverse group of books and creators. This commitment to diversity in genre and people is reflected in an all-new initiative the publisher announced today in Previews with a letter from founder Ross Richie. While 2015 is the 10th anniversary of Boom, the publisher wants to talk about what's next rather than what's come before. They call this discussion of the future Push Comics Forward and they don't want it to be only about Boom.

Push Comics Forward is Boom's way of focusing on the ongoing conversation about diversity and the future of the industry. To learn more about this initiative and what to expect from Boom for the next ten years and beyond, we spoke with Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon.

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Read The Entire KaBOOM! Studios Free Comic Book Day 2014 Issue [Full Comic]

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Did you miss picking up Boom! Studios' all-ages KaBoom! Summer Blast! comic this past Saturday during Free Comic Book Day 2014? Worry not! The publisher has provided ComicsAlliance with the entire nearly 50-page sampler to share with everyone on the web. Packed with eight short stories from the world of Adventure Time, Regular Show, Peanuts, Garfield, Steven Universe, Herobear and the Kid, The Amazing World of Gumball, the issue also marks the debut of KaBoom!'s newest Cartoon Network-to-comics series, Uncle Grandpa. Click through to read the entire FCBD release.

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Natasha Allegri Talks About Kaboom’s Upcoming ‘Bee And Puppycat’ Comic And Why She Loves Garfield [Interview]

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It's not often that you get a piece of comics news that's completely unsurprising and completely welcome at the same time, but that's exactly what we got this week when Boom! Studios announced that their Kaboom imprint will be publishing a comic book version of Natasha Allegri's Bee and Puppycat. The official announcement about Bee and Puppycat joining its fellow Frederator shows, Adventure Time and Bravest Warriors, even included the phrase "Of course we're doing the comic."

But like I said, it's every bit as welcome as it is expected, so to get a little insight on where Bee and Puppycat is coming from, we asked a few questions to Allegri, who took a moment out of her busy schedule to tell us about her influences, the tone of the show, and her love of Garfield.

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Boom! Studios Reveals Baltimore Comic-Con Exclusive Covers, Featuring The Garfieldcycle And 8-Bit RoboCop

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If you've read ComicsAlliance comments for any amount of time, you'll know that if nothing else, we are bitter, jaded (hipster???) dinosaurs. As a result, it may seem rare that we get excited about something like a variant cover or a convention exclusive, unless it's something pretty, pretty awesome. Fortunately for our tiny, blackened hearts, that exact thing happened today when Boom! Studios revealed their Baltimore Comic-Con variants for Garfield #17 and RoboCop: The Last Stand #1.

Yeah, that's right: We're excited about Garfield on a Monday. See why in the full-sized image below!

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Link Ink: Loki With Loki, Garfield Runs Endlessly And Mewtwo Transforms

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Friday's links are yours to view after the cut!

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New App Makes ‘Calvin And Hobbes,’ ‘Peanuts,’ And More Classic Strips Available For Free

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While the advent of ComiXology has made several classic comics available to read digitally, the migration of comic strips to the digital world has been comparatively slow. That's now changed, as Universal Uclick's GoComics has launched a free app that enables you to read many classic comic strips on your tablet and phone for free, including Peanuts, Doonesbury, Garfield, The Boondocks and more. But the most notable inclusion may be Calvin and Ho

Link Ink: ‘Up’ Style Batman And Robin, The Justice League In Japan And Custom Prime

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Art: Abraham Lopez imagines the stars of Pixar's Up as Batman and Robin.

Upcoming: Michel Fiffe teases COPRA #4, which is slated to ship soon.

Gaming: Garfield's Escape is now available on

Amanda Visell’s Wood Idols Return With Batman, Woverine, Wonder Woman And More

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A few weeks back, we took a look at Amanda Visell's Wood Idols, a series of hand-carved, hand-painted wooden statues of pop culture icons. This week, Vissell's back with more, and they somehow manage to be even more awesome that first round.

Maybe it's the inclusion of signa

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