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Holiday 2013

14 for ’14: Comic Book Creators To Watch In The New Year

Comic creators to watch in 2014

2014 promises to bring a flood of amazing work from a raft of talented cover artists, writers, web cartoonists, interior artists and mangaka. ComicsAlliance has looked at the new projects on the horizon and made a pick of 14 comic creators who we think will make an impact in 2014. Our hope is that this is just the tip of the iceberg, that there are 140 amazing creators on the cusp of creating something great in 2014 -- but these are our picks of the creators to keep an eye on.

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The Comics Alliance Staff’s Holiday Haul 2013

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It’s been nearly a week since Xmas, which means our bags are still packed from our trips home and our lives have yet to return to whatever passes for normal in the blogosphere. Exhausted and succumbing to New Year's anxiety, we’re reflecting feverishly on what went on when we weren’t on duty and had a chance to celebrate the true meaning of the holiday season: receiving awesome gifts. Hit the jump for a breakdown of

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Comics Alliance Presents ‘Kate Or Die’ In ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ [Original Comic Strip]

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Welcome to the latest episode of ComicsAlliance Presents "Kate or Die," a series of exclusive comic strips created by one of our longtime favorite webcomics cartoonists, Kate Leth! In this episode, Kate takes looks at the brave and glorious future to come in 2014 and suggests some resolutions for the dedicated comic book fan.

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Merry Christmas From Supergirl, Batgirl and Cartoonist Mike Maihack [Webcomic]

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If you aren't familiar with Mike Maihack's Supergirl and Batgirl comic strips, you're missing out. Best known for his creator owned Cleopatra in Space, as well as his contributions to Archaia's Jim Henson's Storyteller, Maichack started his Supergirl Batgirl strips in 2011, and they're pretty great. While they've recently taken a back seat so that Maihack can focus on his creator owned projects, he does make a return for special occasions, including this year's Christmas strip, which you can check out below.

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Publisher Holiday Cards 2013: Valiant Comics

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No matter what your occupation, there's a decent chance that, at this time of year, you get more than your fair share of work related holiday cards . But when you work in comics, those cards happen feature popular industry professionals illustrating various characters. Case in point, Valiant has sent out their annual holiday well wishes, with art by Tom Fowler.

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10 Members of the Justice League of Christmas

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In a recent essay, I posited that rather than being the villain of Christmas as he is popularly understood, the furry demon known as the Krampus is actually the Batman of Christmas. This got me thinking: who would play which role if we were to build an entire Justice League of Christmas? If you are wondering, yes, this is what it's like inside my brain all the time. And so, I propose to you this roster for the JLXmas.

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Comics And The Misunderstood Krampus

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Over the last few years, the centuries-old figure of Alpine Europe, the Krampus, has become increasingly well known in the United States, thanks to books (et al) by Monte Beauchamp, and appearances on The Venture Bros, some Anthony Bourdain show or other, and The Colbert Report. As a result, the Krampus has become the subject of popular merchandise, including t-shirts, greeting cards, stickers, and figurines, leading some to assert that the Krampus, perhaps like Christmas itself, has become too commercial.

Comics are no exception to this trend.

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The X-Men Episode Guide 4×12: ‘Have Yourself A Morlock Little X-Mas’

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The early ’90s were spoiled for choice when it came to comic book adaptations. Not only was Batman: The Animated Series on the air, but X-Men led Marvel’s push to get on the small screen, diving right into the often convoluted continuity of everyone’s favorite mutants, luring in a generation of fans, and paving the way for cartoons to follow. That’s why we’ve set out to review every single episode of the ’90s X-Men animated series. This week: We're skipping ahead to find some holiday cheer with Season 4's "Have Yourself a Morlock Little X-Mas!"

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Publisher Holiday Cards 2013: Dark Horse Comics

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It's that special time of year when we at CA are lucky enough to receive season's greetings from some of our favorite comic book publishers. The first card we received this year came from Dark Horse Comics, which went all-out with a 2013 Holiday Card featuring an unfolding comics story by Art Baltazar and Franco! of Tiny Titans acclaim. We won't spoil the narrative surprise here, but you'll definitely want to click through to see DH's official images of the comic/card hybrid in sequence.

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Artist PJ McQuade Returns With More Star Wars Themed Holiday Cards

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For some folks, it never really feels like the holiday season is here until they send or receive their first Star Wars holiday card. Fortunately, artist PJ McQuade is back this year with four new cards featuring your favorite Star Wars characters in the holiday spirit, and you can check them out below. They're as good as last year's, but here's hoping 2014 sees some Star Wars Holiday Special editions, because everyone's life would be better with a Bea Arthur or Art Carney card, right? Right.

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