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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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Sketchbook Spotlight: Kris Anka’s New York Comic-Con Commissions

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Around here, 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.

Case in point: Kris Anka. You may know him as the artist of Marvel's All New X-Factor or Uncanny X-Force, but this weekend, he busted out the pencils to create some fantastic pieces of art, taking on characters like Star-Lord, Kitty Pryde, and even everyone's favorite irredeemable scumbag, Gambit. Check out a few of our favorite picks from his NYCC commissions below!

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Best Convention Sketchbook Ever (This Week): Original Art From Heroes Con 2014

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Summer is in full swing, which means that convention season is upon us once again, and with it, the opportunity to get art from some of your favorite comic book creators. As much as I like digging through back issue bins and hanging out with pals from across the country, filling up my sketchbook is one of the most fun parts of going to conventions. So much, in fact, that I actually had two in circulation this year.

One was continuing my theme of tokusatsu characters like the Power Rangers and Kamen Rider, while the other was just a general collection of favorite characters. Which, as you might expect, ended up with two drawings of Destro. Check out the new pieces below, featuring art from Tom Fowler, Kevin Mellon, Tom Scioli, Jordan Gibson and more!

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Mo Willems Gets Sketchy With ‘Don’t Pigeonhole Me!’ Hardcover Collection [Preview]

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When it comes to all ages comics, one body of work that tends to hide in plain site is Mo Willems's massively popular series of Pigeon picture and board books for younger children (and anyone who reads to or with children). Circulating in bookstores, libraries and generally anywhere where kids are found since the 2003 release of Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!, Willems' series of word-balloon infused titles exude all the charm and humor you'd expect from a Sesame Street, Codename: Kids Next Door and KaBlam! veteran and, ten years later, are probably owed for familiarizing an entire generation with the mechanics of sequential art. Today Disney Publishing Worldwide adds yet another dimension to the creator's work in comics and cartooning with the release of the aptly titled Don't Pigeonhole Me! Two Decades of the Mo Willems Sketchbook, which as the name makes plain, collects 20 of the creator's more personal works.

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Best Sketchbook Ever (This Week): Jack Kirby Creations From HeroesCon 2013

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I'm not much of an original art collector, but getting a sketch from an awesome artist is one of my favorite things to do at a convention. For someone who can't draw at all, watching artists at work is like seeing actual magic happen, and at the end of it, you have a picture of Batman. It's basically the best thing.

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Theme Sketchbook: Batman Getting Hit in the Balls

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We're big fans of theme sketchbooks at ComicsAlliance, which is why we're going to start regularly featuring the sketchbooks of our readers. Today, we're going to start with one of the more unusual themes we've heard of: A sketchbook

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Sketchbook: Calvin & Hobbes Covered by Comic Book Artists

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"Calvin and Hobbes" is, without question, one of the great comic strips of our age. Written and drawn from 1985 to 1995 by Bill Watterson, the strip captured the magic of childhood with irony, humor, and more than a little magic of its own

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