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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week) – 06.24.13

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Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we've discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

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Parting Shot: Patton Oswalt’s Epic ‘Star Wars’ Rant On ‘Parks and Recreation’ [Video]

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Parks and Recreation, a show about politics in a small U.S. town, often finds clever ways to parody various topical issues taking place in Washington D.C. Tomorrow's episode is no different, as this time they're taking a shot at much debated filibuster reform, and they've enlisted the help of Patton Oswalt to do so...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – November 2, 2011: A Rustle of Feathers

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* True Brits
^ The beating of wings
% Body displacement

* ^ % ABSOLUTE SANDMAN VOL. 5
Did you imagine that the previous Absolute volumes reprinting the Sandman series and the Death miniseries exhausted Vertigo's ability to repurpose Neil Gaiman's fantasy work...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – Oct. 5, 2011: Hold On, Nancy’s Coming

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* "Troglodytes... cavemen"
^ One interpretation superimposed on another
% The germs of the transcendental terms

* ^ ACTION COMICS #2
Grant Morrison and Rags Morales are joined by Brent Anderson for five pages of this issue, as part of DC's ongoing "no, really, let's make this stuff come out on time" efforts...

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‘Secret Avengers’ by Warren Ellis: Big, Smart Stories One Issue At A Time [Review]

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Superhero comics have with increasing frequency been turning out stories that match epic scope with epic length, with massive world-saving adventures featuring casts of hundreds covering several issue-long arcs crossing over into multiple other books with spin-offs and tie-ins...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – September 7, 2011: Slaying the Father

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Watch me jumpstart
^ They're not witches
% The closer you are, the quicker it hits you
¢ Cigarette tricks

* % ACTION COMICS #1
Grant Morrison, Rags Morales and Rick Bryant relaunch the flagship superhero comic book. OK,...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – August 3, 2011: Caniff, Canards, Canadians

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* History
^ Violence
% Psychedelic rock bands

* % 15 LOVE #3
The long-delayed, enormously enjoyable Andi Watson/Tommy Ohtsuka miniseries about Millie the Pre-Model Tennis Prodigy concludes...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – July 6, 2011: King Jack, Queen Black

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Bat-ears
^ Racketeers
% Ruby-Spears

^ 15 LOVE #2
The first issue of this long-mothballed Andi Watson/Tommy Ohtsuka miniseries (about Millie Collins as a teenage tennis not-quite-prodigy realizing that her future title is probably not going to be Millie the Tennis Player, and that modeling might be the way to go) was, as expected, slightly Americanized teen-sports-manga stuff, fluffy and fun...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – June 1, 2011: Mickey, Frank and Rex

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Congress
^ Justice Dept.
% Bureau of the Interior
¢ Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms

* CELLULOID
It's been a while since we've heard from Dave McKean in comics, and his new book is a not-very-plot-heavy thing involving a lot of large images and a lot of very stylized nudity and sex. Not...

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – May 4, 2011: Bad People, Bat Boy and Brains

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Bring on the bad guys
^ Bring on the dancing horses
% Bring on the night
¢ Bring on the rain

* AVENGERS ACADEMY GIANT-SIZE #1
This Paul Tobin/David Baldeon project was on and off the schedule, initially as Avengers Academy Annual, Spider-Girl Annual and Young Allies Annual, a three-part story called "Game On" in which they'd take on Arcade and Murderworld, then as a miniseries called Arcade: Death Game; it turned out the whole thing was just being telescoped into a $8 one-shot. Sou...

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