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The Complete Jack Kirby Character Sketchbook (Summer 2013)



For the past few years, I've been taking a sketchbook to conventions across the country and getting pieces of art with a single theme: Characters created or co-created by the King of Comics, Jack Kirby. After 52 sketches, you'd think I'd be running out of characters, but with only a couple repeats, it's still going strong. Today, in honor of Kirby's 96th birthday, I'm putting all the sketches in one place to show some of the best artists working in comics celebrating Kirby's lasting legacy as a creator!

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Fred Van Lente And Reilly Brown Talk ‘Saint George’ And The Fine Art of Dragon-Slaying [Interview]


Depending on your religious upbringing, geography and love of stories where dudes kill monsters and rescue princesses from certain death, you may already be passingly familiar with the story of Saint George, the holy soldier who put an end to dragons and was canonized for it. This November, though, Fred Van Lente and Reilly Brown are teaming up to pick up where the legend leaves off in the pages of Dark Horse Presents #30.

To find out more about their take on Saint George, I talked to the team about why they wanted to tell the story, how they approached different sides of research, and whether they're planning to end the series with 114 separate tortures.

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Dark Horse Presents New Fraction, Vachss And ‘Buffy’ In Milestone 25th Issue [Extended Preview]


A nominee for this year's Eisner Award for Best Anthology (and last year's winner), Dark Horse Presents has been one of ComicsAlliance's favorite titles since it was relaunched in 2011 to continue the classic and influential series' tradition of showcasing emerging talent alongside some of the best established writers, artists and cartoonists mainstream and underground comics has to offer. Each issue comes with quirky, undiluted excursions into the minds of uniquely talented creators, usually with immersive new serials or idiosyncratic short stories but also in the form of recurring, cult favorite characters and properties for which Dark Horse has served as caretaker for many years.

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Talking ‘G.I. Joe’ And ‘Archer & Armstrong’ With Fred Van Lente: ‘The Fun Of The Cartoon, With Guys Getting Shot In The Face’ [Interview]


This week, Fred Van Lente and Steve Kurth launch America's daring, highly trained special missions force into a whole new set of adventures in the pages of G.I. Joe #1. This time, though, the team is operating in the public eye, complete with a new embedded journalist codenamed Hashtag, facing off against a version of Cobra that promises to be both cartoonishly evil and horrifyingly sinister...

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Yo Fred! Van Lente Updates ‘G.I. Joe’ At IDW In February


In an ever-changing, and ever-more dangerous, world, it only makes sense to keep the fighting forces charged with protecting America up-to-date. But adding a social media expert to GI Joe? Turns out, that's just one of the changes that new writer Fred Van Lente is bringing to the franchise as he heads up IDW's relaunch next year...

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Parting Shot: ‘Cowboys & Aliens’ Comic Writer Fred Van Lente Live-Tweets First Viewing of the Movie


It's no secret that Cowboys & Aliens, the 2011 big budget film from Iron Man director Jon Favreau, was a bit of a flop. Despite a cast that included Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford, and a well-publicized debut at last year's San Diego Comic-Con, the movie failed both commercially and critically. Or...

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The Jack Kirby Convention Sketchbook: NYCC Update


With the end of the New York Comic-Con, convention season has once again come to a close, and that means the end of another round of entries in my ongoing sketchbook. Schlepping this thing around the country is definitely one of the most fun things about conventions for me, even if my theme isn't quite as good as Gavin from 4thLetter, who has artists drawing "The Macho Man" Randy Savage with various props...

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Dynamite Explodes At NYCC 2012 With New Remender, Waid, Ennis, Wagner And More


Dynamite Entertainment got really real last weekend at New York Comic-Con, coming out swinging with numerous new projects from an impressive roster of mainstream creators who've been given free rein on brand new series...

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War Rocket Ajax #128: Fred Van Lente Talks ‘Archer & Armstrong’


This week on War Rocket Ajax, one of our favorite writers joins us when Fred Van Lente drops in to chat about Archer & Armstrong. He tells us all about what it's like to write a story with more political content than he's been able to do from other major publishers, and how A&A is the perfect comic for fans of Assassin's Creed -- and you can listen to the whole show right here at ComicsAlliance!War Roc...

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Thought Bubble #2: Why Don’t Hit Superhero Movies Lead to More Comics Sales?


The comics medium attempts to answer a lot of big questions: Can vigilantism be warranted? What are the limits of science? Hey, is that thing in the sky a bird, or maybe some kind of plane? In that spirit, ComicsAlliance's Matt Wilson is asking comics creators, retailers and commentators some big questions of his own...

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