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Blacksad Amarillo: Sorrow Is Not An Aesthetic Choice [Review]

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If you've not come across Blacksad before, created by Spanish authors Juan Diaz Canales (writer) and Juanjo Guarnido (illustrator), it is an anthropomorphic noir series, set in 1950s America, centering around eponymous trench-coated private investigator, John Blacksad, a lithe, witty and cynical cat. Wildly popular France since the release of the first book in 2000, it's equally loved around the world, having been translated in 23 languages, with Dark Horse doing the honors for English reading audiences. This fifth and latest volume, Amarillo, was published in its original French in November last year, with October seeing the release of the English language edition. It's a few rungs above, thanks to Canales' writing: mixing up the mystery with social issues at the time, but largely due to Juanjo Guarnido's breathtaking watercoloured art and the superb manner in which he amalgamates human and animal characteristics.

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Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week): Juanjo Guarnido, Annie Wu, Chip Zdarsky

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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 recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).

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Link Ink: Extra ‘Avengers,’ ‘Adventure Time’ in Austin and Glowing Swords

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Movies: It looks like the cast of The Avengers filmed an extra scene over the weekend, and not a moment too soon to make the film's May 4 premiere. Fans will probably want to stay after the credits to see if anything goes down.

Opinion: Tom Spurgeon

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Link Ink: ‘FF’ Gets its Power Pack, ‘Nonplayer’ Gets a Screenwriter and ‘Sailor Moon’ Sales

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Upcoming: The Power Pack will return to, how you say, the core Marvel universe in FF #15.

Gaming: DC Universe Online's ninth update, "Assemble for Battle," is now live.

Movies: Jane Goldman of X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass fame

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‘Blacksad’ Vol. 4 Trailers Promise Action and Beautiful Painted Artwork [Video]

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Not long after "Blacksad" returned to American publication via Dark Horse's collection of the series' first three volumes, select artwork from its fourth installment allegedly began sprouting online. Flash forward to September 1, though, and fans of Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido's anthropomorphic feline detective can pretty easily discern

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Has New ‘Blacksad’ Artwork Hit the Web?

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Last week Dark Horse reintroduced English-reading audiences to Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido's "Blacksad," with a new hardcover collecting the first three volumes of the planned four-part series. We we

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Preview: ‘Blacksad’ by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido

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When I first read Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido's initial "Blacksad" chapters back in the mid 2000s, I couldn't help but think -- and I'm paraphrasing a bit -- "Man, this is like a Don Bluth movie for people who like awesome things." Natu

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