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Gotta Pat ‘Em All In Sean Dowling’s ‘The Pugemon Project’


2016 sees the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, and the world is geared up for celebration, with digital re-releases of Pokémon Red and Blue, the augmented reality app Pokémon Go, and now, this fan-made art book of all 150 original Pokémon drawn to look like... adorable pugs!

The project, by Australian graphic designer and illustrator Sean Dowling, is live on Kickstarter now with a host of rewards including posters, art cards and a softcover book of all 150 titled “The Pugédex”.

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20 Best Pokémon Gym Leaders


Is the world of Pokémon really all about Pokémon? Certainly to an extent it is, but there’s another aspect of each game that’s arguably as important as the pocket monsters themselves. They’re the gates that test your skill at every major turn in a Pokémon game. They’re the focal point of every city and the checkpoints on the way to becoming a true Pokémon master. It’s not just about raising every available critter you like. It’s about building a balanced team that will meet these challenges head-on. Of course, we’re talking about Pokémon gym leaders.

Maybe they’re on this list because they were just too ridiculous to forget. Maybe they’re here because they brought something to the table that the other trainers didn’t. Or maybe they’re here because their ridiculously difficult challenge was the stuff of nightmares. Either way, these gym leaders are the boss battles that have made 20 years of Pokémon a worthwhile series of journeys. These are the 20 Best Pokémon Gym Leaders.

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The Trailer For ‘Great Detective Pikachu’ Is Here, Promising A Battle Against Pokemon Crimes

Great Detective Pikachu

If you were to ask me what my ideal life would be, I would unquestionably tell you that all I want is to solve a series of mysteries, each more fiendish than the last, alongside my faithful Pokemon friends. It is my fondest and most fervent wish, and now it's coming true. Sort of. In Japan.

Despite the fact that I try to keep up on Pokemon news, I'd never heard of this, which you know because if I had, I wouldn't have been talking about anything else, but on February 3, Great Detective Pikachu: Birth of a New Duo will be released on the Nintendo eShop for the 3DS. The game tells the story of a hard-boiled Pokemon detective in an adorable hat who runs around solving crimes with his human pal --- and you can watch the trailer for it right now!

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The Pokemon 20th Anniversary Super Bowl Commercial Will Make You Cry About Pikachu Again

Pokemon Superbowl Spot

If you've been reading ComicsAlliance for long enough, then it absolutely will not surprise you to learn that nothing makes me more emotional than Pokemon. They're just so... they just want to be friends and to grow stronger through the firebreathing dog equivalent of martial arts! They just want you to be your best!

And that, my friends, is what Nintendo and the Pokemon Company are highlighting with their upcoming Super Bowl commercial. It's part of a year-long celebration of the franchise's 20th Anniversary --- Pokémon Red and Green made their debut on February 27, 1996 --- but it was released online today for all of us to enjoy. Give it a watch, but prepare to start sobbing.

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Frightful Five: The Scariest Ghost-Type Pokemon

Gengar by Junji Ito
Gengar by Junji Ito

The world of Pokémon is a strange one indeed, and along with sentient ice cream cones and three-foot bees with drills for hands, one of the strangest things about it is the very existence of the Ghost type. That they even exist at all means that there are straight up ten year-old children running around bottling up the spirits of the restless dead and using them to fight talking flowers and whatever the heck Slowpoke is, and that's weird even without the part where the afterlife has been 100% proven by scientists, and that our souls have been proven to be not all that different from, say, a rat that shoots lightning out of its face, or a snake that's just basically a snake.

So with Halloween on the horizon, we turn to the Pokédex, courtesy of the indispensable Bulbapedia, to look at Pokémon's most terrifying Ghost types!

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You Can Build Your Own Pikachu Next Year, And By You, I Mean Me

Pikachu, as seen in the Pokémon anime

I've never really had the inclination to go into a Build-A-Bear Workshop. To be honest, the whole thing seemed like a hassle, and when I thought back to when I was a kid, I kind of felt like the process of actually making a stuffed animal was probably the least fun part of having a stuffed animal, and paying extra to do it myself felt like it was more than a little bit overpriced. But then they announced that shoppers will have the opportunity to build their own Pikachu, and I realized there was no amount of money I would not pay to make that happen.

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Furiosa, Officer Jenny, Destro, Green Goblin and More


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 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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The Original Concept Art For ‘Pokemon’ Is The Most Important Historical Document Of Our Time

Original Pokémon concept art

There are few things in this world that I am more interested in than the history of Pokémon. They are, after all, the single most important thing in the world, helping us with every aspect our lives --- as long as the most important aspects of our lives involve running around fighting organized crime at the age of ten and making our pets fight each other so that they can double in size, turn into lamps or, in some cases, sprout literal guns from their shoulders.

But I'm getting off track here. The point is that the history of Pokémon is fascinating stuff, which is why I was so excited to find's collection of original art and design documents for the franchise.

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Gotta Catch ‘Em All! Best Pokemon Art Ever


With last week’s announcement of Pokémon Go for iOS and Android mobile devices, once and future trainers all over the internet have been given a new reason to be abuzz with excitement about the prospect of once again catching them all. That's why we've put together this gallery of outstanding Pokémon art!

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Pokemon Go Will Let You Catch ‘Em All on Your iPhone or Android

pokemon go
Niantic Labs

While all eyes are on DeNA Games to make Nintendo's official line of smartphone games, Google's Niantic and The Pokemon Company have teamed up to launch something we weren't expecting, Pokemon Go. Nintendo claims Pokemon Go can be downloaded for no charge, which sounds like a free-to-play title to us (likely with a ton of microtransactions).

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