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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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The Best Comic Book Cover Artists of 2013: Part Three

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With hundreds of comics released to stores every month, a great cover can make a big difference. That tiny rectangle needs to grab the eye, set a mood, convey an idea, and entice a reader to pick the book up and look inside. It takes a great cover artist to get all of that right.

ComicsAlliance continues its look back at some of the best cover work in 2013 from some of the most talented cover artists in the industry. This week we pick highlights from the work of Nathan Fox (Collider/FBP), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and John Paul Leon (The Massive).

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Link Ink: ‘LEGO Marvel Super Heroes’ Gets Wolverined, An MoTU Movie Update And A Wooden Cylon

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Tuesday's links ahoy! (after the jump)

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Link Ink: ‘Iron Man 3′ Tech, ‘Seinfeld’ Star Becomes Splinter, And Lego ‘Man Of Steel’

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Movies: A new Iron Man 3 featurette profiles Tony Stark's abundance of new armors.

Toys: A new Man of Steel Lego set sees Superman and Lois Lane face General Zod in a "Black Zero Escape" scenario.


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Link Ink: ‘American Psycho’ Meets Pokemon, More ‘Pacific Rim’ And Obnoxio The Clown Returns

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Video: YouTuber Demi Adejuyigbe manages to improve American Psycho with... Pokémon cards?

Animation: Obnoxio the clown is back in the latest Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?!

Craft: Dark Horse profiles the prolific letterer Nate Piekos as he works on the continued adventures of Francesco Francavilla's The Black Beetle.

Movies: The CES version of the Pacific Rim trailer packs in even more mecha vs. kaiju action.


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Link Ink: Francavilla’s ‘Black Beetle’ Gets A Mini, Call Me Misty And Segura Returns To DC

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Upcoming: Francesco Francavilla's The Black Beetle is getting a full-fledged miniseries at Dark Horse in January, which will kick off with a #0 issue collecting the BB tales from Dark Horse Presents #11-13 in December.

Industry: Alex Segura has returned to DC Comics as Executive Director of Publicity after a nearly two-year stint at Archie Comics as Vic

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‘Dark Horse Presents’ New Francavilla, Arcudi, Case, Seeley and More [Preview]

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On sale this week is Dark Horse Presents #11, the latest issue of Dark Horse's prestigious anthology series. Featuring no distracting advertisements, the 80-page book contains new material by such comics creators as Francesco Francavilla (introducing The Black Beetle), Mike Richardson, Tim Seeley and Victor Drujiniu (introducing The Occultist), John Arcudi and Jonathan Case (introducing The Creep), Frank J. Barbiere and Luke Radl (introducing The White Suits). Additionally, the latest issue features continuations of serials by Steve Horton and Michael Dialynas (new

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