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Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week): Jeff Smith, Shawn Cheung and Francesco Francavilla

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The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). These images convey senses of mood and character — not to mention artistic skill — but comic books are specifically a medium of sequential narratives, and great sequential art has to be both beautiful (totally subjective!) and clear in its storytelling (not so subjective!). The words and the pictures need to work together to tell the story and create whatever tone, emotion and indeed world the story requires. The contributions of every person on a creative team, from the writer to the artist(s) to the letterers, are necessary to achieving a great page of sequential storytelling.

It is the special nature of comic books that we’re celebrating in this all-new recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).

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Jeff Smith Reveals First Ten ‘RASL’ Pages In Full Color

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Bone creator Jeff Smith, via his publishing company Cartoon Books, has released the first full color pages from the upcoming collection of RASL. Due out this fall, the RASL hardcover collects the multiple-Eisner and Harvey Award winner's sci-fi tale about a thief who travels to parallel universes stealing art and dodging the government.

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Link Ink: ‘Batman ’66′ Mez-Itz, The Complete ‘RASL’ And SyFy’s ‘Cosworld’

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Toys: Mezco's first wave of Batman '66 Mez-Itz is slated for a July debut.

Upcoming: Cartoon Books will collect Jeff Smith's complete RASL in a 472-page, full color, oversized hardcover this September.

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Jeff Smith Announces ‘Bone’ Artist’s Edition, New Webcomic

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Jeff Smith fans got two big presents at this weekend's WonderCon: The first is news that IDW is set to release a new Artist's Edition collection of Bone this fall. The second? Smith's working on a brand new webcomic set in prehistoric times, titled Tüki Save the Humans.

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Link Ink: ‘Bob’ on DVD, the ‘Marvel Heroes’ MMO Gets Unreal and ‘My Little Pony’ Invades Skyrim

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DVD: All 33 episodes of Bob Newhart's 1992 sitcom, Bob, about a Golden Age comic book artist's reluctant '90s resurgence will be collected on DVD in April.

Movies: P.J. Hogan has signed on to direct an unspecified style of fea

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Indie Comics Reboots: ‘Bone the Barbarian’ [Original Art]

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Relaunching comic books with new #1 issues and alternate takes on familiar characters is nothing new in the world of super-hero comics, with the upcoming DC Comics relaunch as the latest and greatest example. Rebooting without the baggage of old stories can add new life to characters -- or c

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Jeff Smith’s ‘Bone’ and ‘Rasl’ Going Digital With Apps From Comixology

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There's a lot to celebrate about the 20th anniversary of Jeff Smith's Cartoon Books, namely the birth of the all-ages Bone in 1991 and Smith's latest, more mature series RASL in 2008. Each series has

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Link Ink: ‘Thor’ Blu-ray Coming in September, ‘The Walking Dead’ Season Two Promo Approaches and Free ‘Mass Effect’ Comics

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Upcoming: The Thor Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD will arrive in stores on September 13.

TV: AMC will air a first-look video from the upcoming second season of The Walking Dead during the Season 4 premiere of Breaking Bad this Sunday. Set your DVRs.

Creators: Bone and Rasl cr

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Link Ink: Hot Toys’ Exclusive ‘The Dark Knight’ Figure, ‘Bone’ Turns 20 and Daleks go Soft

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Toys: Hot Toys will have an exclusive 1/6 scale The Dark Knight Batman doll in tow at Comic-Con and other 2011 Toy Fairs. It doesn't have a voice chip, but do you really need one? I hear "SWEAR TO ME!" just looking at it.

Upcoming: Jeff Smith's

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Jeff Smith’s ‘RASL’ Being Developed for Hollywood by Lionel Wigram

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Though updates on the status of Warner Bros. and Animal Logic's CG animated adaptation of Jeff Smith's epic Bone series have been few and far between over the past year or so, Smith fans have new movie hope in the form of the creator's current black and white series, RASL. According to Deadline Lionel Wigram, the producer credited with taking Sherlock Holmes from novel to co

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