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Best Covers Ever (This Year): IDW 2016 Edition

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In the latest of our galleries celebrating the best covers of the year, we're looking at the best covers from IDW.

IDW maintained its impressive and diverse line of licensed properties in 2016, from Ninja Turtles to Little Ponies, as well as ambitiously expanding and collating its Hasbro properties under the "Revolution" banner, and reviving and reinventing the Micronauts, M.A.S.K., and Rom.

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If You Loved ‘Stranger Things’, Try These Comics Next

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Over the past month or so, it seems like everybody and their mother has become obsessed with the latest hit Netflix original series, Stranger Things. The '80s-inspired horror series blends the likes of Stand By Me and ET: The Extraterrestrial with elements of eldritch horror and X-Files-style conspiracies and the lead cast of kids is one of the most engaging group of youngster on television.

If you've found yourself craving more stories in a similar vein, we've put together a list of five of the best independent comics that deal with similar themes of horror, nostalgia, friendship and conspiracy. Love that? Try this!

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Fan-Favorite ‘Locke and Key’ Comic Getting Another Chance at TV Pilot

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Award-winning IDW comic Locke & Key came thiiiissss close to a TV adaptation, going so far as to shoot a FOX pilot that screened at Comic-Con 2011, before the project ended up shelved. Now, IDW will attempt to adapt the series once again, setting author and creator Joe Hill to write a new pilot and serve as executive producer.

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Little Nemo Meets A Giant Woman In ‘Return To Slumberland’ #4

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If you've been reading IDW's Little Nemo: Return To Slumberland, then you already know that the sleepy kid of the title is having a pretty rough time. First he could barely even get to Slumberland before he woke up, then he got caught up in a big parade on his way to the castle, and then everyone fell asleep and he had to make his way through a mind-bending tower of optical illusions. Now, things are getting even worse, as the sleepy young man runs afoul of a giant woman. Or... maybe he's a tiny kid? Listen, Slumberland gets pretty weird.

If you're not reading it, well, maybe you need a little more convincing that Eric Shanower, Gabriel Rodriguez and Nelson Daniel are producing one of the most beautiful comics on the stands, which is why we've got a preview of next week's fourth issue. Check it out below!

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A Dozen Favorites From This Year’s ‘Inktober’ Art Challenge

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If you're following any comic book artists on Twitter or Tumblr, then there's a pretty good chance that you saw the word "Inktober" pop up an awful lot over the past four weeks. Created by artist Jake Parker in 2009, it's a month-long exercise in getting better at working with ink (as opposed to just pencils) by producing a piece of art every day for all 31 days of October. And it's also exactly the kind of thing that we love to see here at ComicsAlliance.

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Little Nemo Finally ‘Returns To Slumberland’ In Issue #2 [Preview]

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As we mentioned back when the first issue came out, IDW's Little Nemo: Return to Slumberland is a comic you really need to check out. In case you've been sleeping on it (ha HA!), Eric Shanower, Gabriel Rodriguez and Nelson Daniel are reviving Winsor McKay's beloved newspaper strip in the form of one of the most beautiful comics on the stands, full of lavish backgrounds and innovative layouts that are every bit as visually engaging as the original.

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Shanower & Rodriguez ‘Return To Slumberland’ In Gorgeous New ‘Little Nemo’ Series This Week [Preview]

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Just in case you're not up to speed on classic newspaper strips, Winsor McKay's Little Nemo is one of the most innovative comics of the 20th century. Originally running in newspapers from 1905 to 1926, it was arguably one of the first real masterpieces of the form, with McKay's surreal dreamscapes taking the form of beautiful imagery and page layouts that creators are still trying to recreate today.

Now, Nemo is returning to the comics page in Return To Slumberland. Not to be confused with the forthcoming Dream Another Dream anthology, this new series from Eric Shanower, Gabriel Rodriguez and Nelson Daniel launches this week from IDW Publishing, and it is beautiful. Seriously, just hands down one of the prettiest comics I've seen in a long time, and even though the first few pages don't quite get into the strangeness of walking beds and stair-step city skylines, I get the feeling that all of that stuff shows up right where the preview ends.

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The Comics Alliance Guide to San Diego Comic-Con 2014: What To Do On Saturday

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With hundreds of panels to choose from at San Diego Comic-Con, the show can be an overwhelming experience — and it’s far too easy to miss a panel you think you might have loved, or to find yourself on the wrong side of the con floor five minutes before a great panel is about to start!

Take heart, brave reader. ComicsAlliance has sifted through the schedule to offer up our pick of the best programming at the con. Today we offer our suggested highlights for day three, Saturday July 26, 2014 — with an emphasis on comics programming. We’ll also let you know where and when you can find ComicsAlliance contributors at the San Diego show.

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11 Of The Best Stories From DC Digital’s ‘Adventures of Superman’ Anthology

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With the wrap-up of writer Joe Keatinge's multi-artist "Strange Visitor" epic in Adventures of Superman last week, the series is nearing a full year of weekly, digital Superman stories. It's easily been the best, most daring Superman title DC Comics has been publishing in 2013 and 2014 (and not just because Superman gets to wear his real costume in it). Edited by Alex Antone,  Adventures of Superman invites creators from all strata of comics to put their own stamps on Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster's original American superhero, free from the aesthetic constraints of the publisher's main line of New 52 comics and continuity. We like it so much, Adventures of Superman ended up on our list of the best comic books published in 2013.

We thought it would be a good idea to look back at the series so far, so I've compiled the following list of stories that readers unfamiliar with the series should go back and catch up with if they want the high points of the past year. At a dollar a pop, they're all well worth it.

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Hill And Rodriguez’s ‘Locke & Key’ Optioned By Universal Pictures

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Fox may have passed on a TV pilot based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's Eisner Award-winning IDW horror comic series Locke & Key back in 2011, but now it seems it could be skipping the small screen altogether. Universal Pictures has optioned L&K with feature films in mind, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Bobby Cohen set to produce through their K/O Paper Products banner alongside IDW CEO and Publisher Ted Adams. Universal's EVP (Executive Vice President, not electronic voice phenomenon) of Production Jon Mone and Creative Executive Jay Polidoro will reportedly oversee the project, with Ben Kim developing on the K/O side of things.

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