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Sketchbook Spotlight: Marcio Takara’s New York Comic-Con Commissions

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For most people New York Comic-Con marks the end of convention season, capping off a long summer of announcements, reveals, and other assorted fun. As such, it's also one of the last big places for fans to get amazing sketches and commission pieces from artists, who tend to cap off the season with some truly amazing art.

Marcio Takara may be best known to long-time readers for his extraordinary "tiny characters" series, or for his work on Captain Marvel, Smallville, and the Kickstarter-supported original graphic novel Earthward with writer Bryan Q. Miller. He's also one of the hardest working artists you'll find in any Artists' Alley at convention season, and New York was no exception; his commissions include Captain Marvel, Rocket Raccoon, and a very striking Illyana.

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Best Abs Ever (This Week): An Appreciation Of Male Comic Book Eye Candy

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In the process of writing my article about muscles vs curves, and how the big dudes of superhero comics typically fail to represent the tastes of most androphile women, I gathered a collection of images and recommended artists from my correspondents that illustrate the sort of art they'd love to see more of -- but which there's sadly very little of compared to all the T&A fan-service targeted at straight men.

I had far too many recommendations to put in the article, so I've compiled the collection (and a few personal favorites) into a very special one-off post. The collection includes pin-ups, fan art, sketches, and some traditional superhero art from artists who aren't afraid to put a little male eye candy in their work!

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Spider-Gwen Power Rangers, Kate Bishop, The I.T. Crowd And 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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Best Art Ever (This Week): Fatale, Lana Del Rey, Iron Giant, Lobo, Audrey Hepburn and 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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Best Art Ever (This Week) – CHVRCHES, RoboCop, Corto Maltese, Star Wars & More

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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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Best Art Ever (This Week) – 08.09.13

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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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Marcio Takara Completes 200 Tiny Characters On One Massive Image [Art]

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We were wowed by artist Marcio Takara's ambitious completion of 120 tiny characters back in 2011, but it appears he didn't slow down for a second between then and now and have amassed a total of 200 illustrations. Takara's been adding characters little-by-little over the course of the past three years with a focus on heroes and villains from comic books, cartoons, video games, television and film -- all the while taking commissions and illustrating runs on The Flash, Blue Beetle, Incorruptible, The Incredibles and more. His 200th character, Metamorpho, is among my favorites in a group that includes the Justice League, the Avengers, gaming icons and iconic creator-owned comic stars. See if you can name all 200 characters on Takara's wallpaper-sized image, after the cut.

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How Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four Warn Kids Against Substance Abuse Every Year

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Sure, today may be "Avengers Vs. X-Men Day" in celebration of tonight's release of the first issue of Marvel's latest event book, but in the widely-circulated PSA comic Hard Choices, Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four are dealing with a less tactile problem in our world: underage drinking.Continuing a long history of Spider-Man PSA books (So long that Marvel even released a collec

Marcio Takara Illustrates 122 Tremendous Tiny Characters [Art]

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Artist of such comic titles as Boom! Studios' Incorruptible and former Incredibles series, plus other work at Marvel and Image, Marcio Takara makes a big impression drawing nimble figures that are bursting with life. As proven by Takara's series of tiny characters, the artist is capable of conveying

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Marcio Takara Can’t Draw Enough X-Men and Justice Leaguers [Art]

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It turns out that our old friend Marcio Takara doesn't just draw tiny heroes. He makes big ones as well. And they are gorgeous. He's got an approach to Supergirl, The Avengers and Spider-Woman that's somewhere between Adam Hughes and Cliff Chiang, opting for clean, de

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