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Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week): Jeff Smith, Shawn Cheung and Francesco Francavilla

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The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). These images convey senses of mood and character — not to mention artistic skill — but comic books are specifically a medium of sequential narratives, and great sequential art has to be both beautiful (totally subjective!) and clear in its storytelling (not so subjective!). The words and the pictures need to work together to tell the story and create whatever tone, emotion and indeed world the story requires. The contributions of every person on a creative team, from the writer to the artist(s) to the letterers, are necessary to achieving a great page of sequential storytelling.

It is the special nature of comic books that we’re celebrating in this all-new recurring feature: Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week).

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Jeff Smith Reveals First Ten ‘RASL’ Pages In Full Color

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Bone creator Jeff Smith, via his publishing company Cartoon Books, has released the first full color pages from the upcoming collection of RASL. Due out this fall, the RASL hardcover collects the multiple-Eisner and Harvey Award winner's sci-fi tale about a thief who travels to parallel universes stealing art and dodging the government.

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Link Ink: ‘Batman ’66′ Mez-Itz, The Complete ‘RASL’ And SyFy’s ‘Cosworld’

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Toys: Mezco's first wave of Batman '66 Mez-Itz is slated for a July debut.

Upcoming: Cartoon Books will collect Jeff Smith's complete RASL in a 472-page, full color, oversized hardcover this September.

Gaming: It's n

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – May 30, 2012: The Low Life Theory

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* "But it's not really a superhero comic"
^ Yes, people drew things before Action #1
% Dating is diffi

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – February 22, 2012: Roy G. Biv Is a Colorful Man

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Eyes obscured by masks
^ Ears overwhelmed by sound
% Noses invaded by a byproduct of confli

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – November 30, 2011: The Multi-Story Mind Makes a Move

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Donner and Blitzen
^ Dasher and Dancer
% Prancer and Vixen

* AVENGERS ORIGINS: THOR #1
I believe

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – November 23, 2011: The End of Lulu

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:
* Numbers
^ Exodus
% Genesis
¢ Colossians

^ % BATMAN: THE BLACK MIRROR HC
Scott Snyder, Jock & Fra

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Jeff Smith’s ‘Bone’ and ‘Rasl’ Going Digital With Apps From Comixology

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There's a lot to celebrate about the 20th anniversary of Jeff Smith's Cartoon Books, namely the birth of the all-ages Bone in 1991 and Smith's latest, more mature series RASL in 2008. Each series has

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Don’t Ask! Just Buy It! – July 13, 2011: America 6.0

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Reading Comics author Douglas Wolk runs down the hottest comics and graphic novels coming out this week.

KEY:

^ Seven Deadly Finns
* Blank Frank
% Kurt's Rejoinder
¢ Burning Airlines Give You So Much More

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Jeff Smith’s ‘RASL’ Being Developed for Hollywood by Lionel Wigram

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Though updates on the status of Warner Bros. and Animal Logic's CG animated adaptation of Jeff Smith's epic Bone series have been few and far between over the past year or so, Smith fans have new movie hope in the form of the creator's current black and white series, RASL. According to Deadline Lionel Wigram, the producer credited with taking Sherlock Holmes from novel to co

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