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Best Art Ever (This Week): Dredd, Hitchcock, Empowered, Futurama, Star Trek & More

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, as well as the special qualities of comic book storytelling, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great pinups, fan art and other illustrations 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, awnd some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it is awesome.

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Comics Alliance Reader Choice Awards: Best Cover Artist

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2013 was a great year for comics. It feels like a similar statement is made after every year concludes, but 2013 unquestionably saw exceptional work from several creators, across multiple publishers and genres within the medium. To close out the year, we offered what we felt to be the best comics of the year, highlighting dozens of writers and artists whose creative output we felt deserved to be celebrated.

But now we want to hear from you. Readers often offer us their opinions, via the comment section or social media, as to what they’re enjoying, or what they think we missed. Now we’d like you to let us know with your vote, as this week we’re launching the first annual ComicsAlliance Reader Choice Awards. We’ll have two categories per day throughout the week, and you can vote more than once if you like, though you’ll have to wait an hour at least before coming back to vote again. Voting will be open until February 11 at 10 a.m. EST, and we’ll announce the winners shortly after.

You can cast your vote after the cut for the best cover artist of the year.

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The Best Comic Book Cover Artists of 2013: Part Three

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With hundreds of comics released to stores every month, a great cover can make a big difference. That tiny rectangle needs to grab the eye, set a mood, convey an idea, and entice a reader to pick the book up and look inside. It takes a great cover artist to get all of that right.

ComicsAlliance continues its look back at some of the best cover work in 2013 from some of the most talented cover artists in the industry. This week we pick highlights from the work of Nathan Fox (Collider/FBP), Francesco Francavilla (Black Beetle), Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and John Paul Leon (The Massive).

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‘American Vampire’ Anthology To Feature Work From Rucka, Aaron, Cloonan, Moon, Ba & More

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While Scott Snyder's work on Batman has made him immensely popular among readers, the title that he first made his name on, and possibly the one most important to him, is American Vampire, his creator-owned series for Vertigo. Written by Snyder and illustrated by co-creator Rafael Albuquerque, American Vampire is the tale of Pearl, an aspiring actress turned into an ageless vampire in the 1920s. Through the lens of Pearl and her life, Snyder and Albuquerque explore the rise of America, from the 1920s up to, eventually, the present day.

The Eisner Award-winning series has been on hiatus since issue #34 in January, but to help fill the void for readers, Vertigo is releasing an American Vampire anthology, with nine short stories from an impressive line up of creators: Greg Rucka, Becky Cloonan, Jason Aaron, John Paul Leon, Francesco Francavilla, Gail Simone, Jeff Lemire, Gabriel Bá, Fábio Moon, Declan Shalvey and more. You can check out the full lineup, plus preview art from the issue, below.

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Brian Wood Introduces a ‘Mini Event’ with a ‘Massive’ Piece of John Paul Leon Artwork

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The story of life after "The Crash," a catastrophic ecological disaster that's left the world in ruins (and just awfully damp), The Massive launched earlier this year to become one of Dark Horse's most popular creator-owned series. Written by Brian Wood, Captain Callum Israel's quest to find his Das Kapital's l

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Art For Sandy Relief Auctions Comic Art To Benefit Victims of East Coast Storm

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In what's just the latest example of the comics community's ceaseless generosity when it comes to people in need, former Marvel art director and current Disney designer Rich Ginter and Marvel's Sales & Communications Coordinator James Viscardi have organized an art auction to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Officially called Art For Sandy Reli

Dark Horse’s ‘Massive’ Earth Day Plans Call for Free Digital Comics [Exclusive Art]

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Created by Brian Wood and Kristian Donaldson, The Massive is a new ongoing series that depicts life after "The Crash," the kind of apocalyptic ecological disaster that's been predicted for many years. Naturally (no pun intended), The Massive's environmental themes make it the

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Watch the 13-Minute Live Action ‘Static Shock’ Fan Film [Video]

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Back in February writer/director/actor Stefan Dezil released a teaser trailer for his in-progress Static Shock: Blackout, a short live-action film based on the Milestone Media superhero created by Dwayne M

First Look Dark Horse Covers for July: Bagge, Carnevale, Grampa, Hernandez, Kindt and Leon

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It's going to be a lovely July, when Dark Horse beautifies new comics racks with illustrations by such auspicious artists as Peter Bagge (Reset #4), Massimo Carnevale (Conan the Barbarian #6), Gilbert Hernandez (Fatima: The Blood Spinners #2), Matt Kindt (Mind MGMT), and J.P. Leon and Rafael Grampá (The Massive #2). Naturally there are some great comics behind the images, including some by Brian Woo

‘Conan the Barbarian’ #3 Covers by Massimo Carnevale and John Paul Leon [Exclusive Art]

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Among the most high profile new releases for 2012 is Dark Horse's new Conan the Barbarian series, based on the work of Robert E. Howard. Launching in February, the book is written by Brian Wood and drawn by Becky Cloonan, whose work together on such titles as Demo, Channel Zero: Jennie One and Northlanders has me particularly excited for this new Conan comic.

Our exclusive preview of Conan the Barbarian #1 showed off Cloonan's lovely interio

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