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J.H. Williams III And Todd Klein Produce A Comic-Con Exclusive Poster For The CBLDF

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A lot of companies have produced exclusive merchandise for next week's Comic-Con International in San Diego, but very few of them are for as good a cause as the limited edition print that J.H. Williams III and Todd Klein have produced for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

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Best Art Ever (This Week): Mouse Guard, Game of Thrones, Daft Punk, Grendel, Godzilla 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): Dazzler, Lobo, Pretty Deadly, Hunger Games, Doctor Who 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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Ask Chris #180: Love Letters

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Q: Lettering: who does it best and why? -- @awa64

A: Comic book lettering is up there with inking and coloring in the holy trinity of underrated comic book skills, but it's also one of those things that, once you start paying attention to it, you'll never be able to not notice it again. I'm not exaggerating even a little bit when I say that it's one of those things that can absolutely ruin a comic if it's done wrong, even if everything else is perfect. But to be honest, of those three elements, lettering is still probably the most underrated.

The thing is, when it's good, it can be absolutely gorgeous in its own right. And fortunately for us, there are a lot of people who do it very, very well.

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Todd Klein Offers Lettering Master Class In Form Of Latest Limited Edition Print

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For years, master of comic book lettering and logo design Todd Klein has released a series of limited edition prints created in collaboration with some of comics’ most superlative talents, each spotlighting Klein's unmatched gift and love for exquisite typography and design. In keeping with that theme, the prints have been ordered alphabetically, with the latest brought to us by the letter K: "Knowledge." And because it is the initial of Klein's surname, the letterer chose to go solo on this print, which, as he writes so beautifully across the top, is a compendium of calligraphic knowledge that all letterers, designers and comic book fans would do well to take to heart.

 

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‘Little Nemo’ Anthology To Feature Sienkiewicz, Cloonan, Pope, Adams And More

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It's been a big week for Little Nemo. Following the announcement that IDW would be publishing new stories of Winsor McCay's classic creation, Locust Moon Comics, a retailer/publisher, has revealed plans for a Little Nemo anthology. Titled Little Nemo: Dream Another Dream, the title will feature contributions from an extremely impressive list of creators, including Bill Sienkiewicz, Becky Cloonan, Neal Adams, Paul Pope, Brandon Graham, Roger Langridge, Peter Bagge, Farel Dalrymple, J.G. Jones, Chrissie Zullo, Mark Buckingham, Jim Rugg, David Petersen, and many more. Locust Moon has released a few early pages from the project, which you can check out after the cut.

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Link Ink: Ice King’s Memory, S.H.I.E.L.D. At SDCC And ‘Scribblenauts’ Superman

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Hit the jump for all of today's coolest links.

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Parting Shot: Todd Klein Remembers Christopher Reeve’s Visit to DC Comics in 1979

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Besides his ongoing contributions to the comic book medium as one of the industry's greatest letterers and logo designers, Todd Klein maintains an indispensable blog where he regularly hosts master classes in masthead analysis that are peppered with endl

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Javier Pulido Draws Vampires, Satan Worshippers and Spain in ‘The Shade’ #7 [Preview]

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On sale this week from DC Comics is The Shade #7, concluding a three-issue run drawn by the great Javier Pulido. Known for his work on Human Target, The Amazing Spider-Man and Robin: Year One, Pulido joined Shade writer James Robinson for the 12-issue series' latest arc which takes place in the artist's home country of Spain -- specifically, Barcelona, where the titular and enigmatic antihero crossed paths with La Sangre, a new vampiric super-heroine, and the Inquistor, a Satan-worshipping villain who wants every soul in the entire city so he can unleash Hell on Earth.

"I'm excited for issue #7 to come out for a lot of reasons," Robinson told DC's The Source blog. "It wraps u

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Parting Shot: ‘Go Freelance,’ The Board Game About Being a Comics Freelancer

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Considering a career in the illustrious and lucrative field of comic book freelance? Take a spin through the "Go Freelance" board game by famed letterer Todd Klein and artist Shawn McManus and add up your scores for Skill (S), Fame (F) and Income (I) to see if you'll make it big, end up just getting by, or bottom out of the industry forever. You can read about the creation of the piece -- which was inspired by the Game of Life -- on Klein's bl

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