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Best Art Ever (This Week): Hellboy 20th Anniversary Edition

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

In honor of this year’s 20th anniversary of the first appearance of Hellboy, the enduringly popular and endlessly entertaining ex-paranormal investigator created by Mike Mignola. One of comics' most idiosyncratic characters with a supporting cast to match, Hellboy is cited by many artists rivaling Batman as the most fun character to draw and reimagine in different styles. Throughout the existence of Best Art we've featured loads and loads of visions of Hellboy and his friends in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense, and what follows is a compilation of some of our favorites.

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‘Umbral’ – A New Dark Fantasy Series From ‘Wasteland’ Creators Antony Johnston & Christopher Mitten

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Formally announced at Image Expo last month, Umbral is the new dark fantasy series by Antony Johnson (Coldest City, Dead Space, Daredevil) and Christopher Mitten (Criminal Macabre, Batman: Legends of The Dark Knight) launching in November. The pair previously worked together on a 30-issue stint of Wasteland, an post-apocalyptic epic for Oni Press (that continues long after Mitten's departure), and knowing something about the work of these two creators, it's likely that Umbral is similarly ambitious in scope, world-building and genre-tweaking.

What's known about Umbral is presently as shadowy as its name, but it definitely involves magic and murder. You can see Johnston and Mitten's specially prepared "trailer" strip below.

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Dark Horse’s ‘Horrific’ Plans for The Future [SDCC 2012]

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While the publisher's San Diego Comic-Con programming was focused on its various franchises like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dark Horse Presents, Star Wars and Bioware, Dark Horse made a number of new and returning horror comics series announcements throughout the SDCC weekend. Among them are new comics by Eric Powell, Kyle Hotz, Steve Niles, Christophe

Enjoy the Invisible Heads and Weird Science of ‘Bad Medicine’ #1 For Free! [Full Comic]

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It's never a good sign when a headless corpse turns up in an alley, but when it turns out that the head is still there and just invisible? That's when things start to get a little strange. That's how the story kicks off in Bad Medicine, the new series from Oni Press and the creative team of Nunzio DeFilippis, Christina Weir, Christopher Mitten and Bill Crabtree. A few weeks back, I wrote about h

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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

‘Dark Horse Presents’ New Evan Dorkin, Geof Darrow, Andrew Vacchs and More [Preview]

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On sale this week is Dark Horse Presents #10, the latest issue of Dark Horse's prestigious anthology series. Featuring no distracting advertisements, the 80-page book contains new material by such reliably entertaining comics creators as Brian Wood & Kristian Donaldson ( new The Massive!), Colin Lorimer (introducing UXB), Carla Speed McNeil (new Finder!), Steve Niles & Christopher Mitten (new Criminal Macabre), Evan Dorkin & Sarah Dyer (new Milk and Cheese!), Thomas Yeates & Al Gordon (new Tarzan!), Steve Horton & Michael Dialynas (new Amala's Blade!), Andrew Vacches & Geof Darrow (introducing Dead Reliable) M.J. Butler & Mark Wheatley (new Skultar!) and more.

Read on for a seven-page preview, including covers by Yeates and Fiona Staples.
Dark Horse Presents #10 goes on sale Wednesday in finer comics stores and digitally from Dark Horse Digital.

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Christopher Mitten Does The Rocketeer, Wolverine and More [Art]

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Artist on such comics as Criminal Macabre/The Goon: When Freaks Collide, Kane and Lynch and Wasteland, Christopher Mitten combination of slender and chunky strokes give his subjects a kind of on-page pulse. Looking through his contributions to the Ashcan All-Stars blog, the life within his figur

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