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Best Art Ever (This Week) – 08.30.13

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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.

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Funimation Announces ‘Akira’ 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray/DVD, Including Both English Dubs [Video]

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That feeling you just felt? That was at least a little of the grossness of the potential Warner Bros. live action Akira movie being rinsed from your soul by the righteous news that Funimation has announced plans to release a 25th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray and DVD of Katsuhiro Otomo's original manga-turned-animated feature by the end of the year. It's not just a feel-good nostalgia bomb for longtime fans either, since the release will mean North American fans and potential new viewers will have easy access to a feature-rich Akira Blu-ray/DVD containing Streamline's 1988 English dub and Pioneer's 2001 version, plus the original Japanese audio with English subtitles.

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Good for Health: ‘AKIRA’ Bike Rides Across Japan for Autism Charity [Video]

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Shinji Tejima spent several years and the equivalent of about $120,000 American dollars to create a flawless replica of the iconic red motorcycle seen in AKIRA, the landmark 1980s manga and anime written and drawn by Katsuhiro Otomo...

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‘AKIRA’ Creator Katsuhiro Otomo to Return to Long-Form Manga

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The great mangaka Katsuhiro Otomo is recognized around the world for his enormous influence on comic books and anime, a legacy cemented in his seminal work, AKIRA -- a 2,000-page opus that remains Otomo's only long-form manga...

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Link Ink: More Comics-On Tees, Katsuhiro Otomo’s New Series and the ‘Portal’ Gun Replica

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Threads: The next Comics-On Tees line from Threadless will include creations by Jeffrey Brown, Jeff Lemire, Anders Nilsen and Paul Hornschemeier. Brown's design is now online, but fans will have to wait until C2E2 in April for the line's full reveal...

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‘Akira’ Movie Update: Kaneda the Bartender and Actual Japanese Person Offered Role

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As predicted by George Takei in April, Warner Bros. Pictures seems intent on making its live-action adaptation of AKIRA -- the seminal manga and anime by Katsuhiro Otomo -- as pointless as possible...

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$1,000 ‘AKIRA’ Jacket The Last Piece Of Clothing You Will Ever Need [Fashion]

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Does it still count as cosplay if you spend nearly $1,000 on an official replica, or is that just looking really damn good? In any event, the object in question is one of the greatest accoutrements in all of science fiction and comics: the iconic red "capsule" jacket worn by Kaneda in AKIRA...

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Nevermind, Live-Action ‘AKIRA’ Movie Still Happening with ‘Unknown’ Director

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To quote Tetsuo: "Hrrngg... hrrngg..."

Just when it seemed that plans to produce a live-action American film based on AKIRA, the seminal and sacrosanct manga and anime created by Katsuhiro Otomo, had been scuttled in the name of good taste, it turns out the project is actually very much alive...

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‘AKIRA’ Live-Action Film Dead, Chris Weston’s Bike Redesign Lost to the Ages

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UPDATE: Nevermind, Live-Action AKIRA Film Still Happening with 'Unknown' Director

In what is possibly the best comics-to-film news we'll report this year, the live-action American adaptation of AKIRA that pretty much everyone agreed was a terrible idea has apparently been shelved...

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Katsuhiro Otomo and the Perfect Panels of ‘Akira’

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Like Moebius, Katsuhiro Otomo is a creator's creator. He's perhaps best known for the animated version of Akira, his beautiful feature film about the perils of power, but before it was a movie Akira was a manga, and Otomo's work on it is astounding...

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