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Archie & Jughead (2015)

Archie & Jughead (2015)

The new Archie comics launched to rave reviews, brought to life by Mark Waid (Kingdom Come) and Fiona Staples (Saga). Crowd favorite Jughead also has a series under Chip Zdarsky (Sex Criminals) and Erica Henderson (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl). Also on digital.

The Best American Comics 2015

The Best American Comics 2015

This year’s edition is packed with over 350 pages of work from established and up-and-coming writers and artists. There’s something for everyone from cheerful romance, to dark tales of woe. We rather enjoyed the chapter intros, drawn by editor Jonathan Lethem.

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Marvel’s Civil War: A Summary

Marvel’s Civil War: A Summary

(SPOILERS) There are many concise recaps of the Civil War comics online, but if you want to be entertained as well Comicstorian’s summary is a great watch. Comics Explained has more details (and also the, uh, comics themselves).

Green Arrow vs. Hawkeye

Green Arrow vs. Hawkeye

The latest Minute Match-ups from YouTube member ismahawk pits that guy in purple against, well, the finest archer ever known. It’s a well choreographed and shot piece which will keep you quite entertained for about three minutes.

This Modern World Compilation

This Modern World Compilation

Dan Perkins aka Tom Tomorrow is celebrating the 25th anniversary of his postmodern political satire comic strip This Modern World by compiling every TMW strip from 1990 until this year (plus bonus art) in a two-volume set.

Every X-Man Ever

Every X-Man Ever

IGN made this polished chronological enumeration of characters who became part of the X-Men, from the fab five to the increasingly varied and confusing kids of the 2000s. Then there’s nah, that’s all of them.

The Best American Comics 2014

The Best American Comics 2014

Scott McCloud selects works from established and up-and-coming artists around the country. Whether you want a laugh, intrigue, romance, or just plain weird, there’s something for everyone in this hardcover book. (Contains adult content.)

Maddox: Spider-Woman’s Butt

Maddox: Spider-Woman’s Butt

(NSFW: Language) Maddox presents counterarguments to the outrage about Milo Manara’s now infamous comic book cover for Spider-Woman #1, the Hawkeye Initiative and sexualization in general. More here.

Strong to the Finich!

Strong to the Finich!

Los Angeles’ Hero Complex Gallery presents an artists’ tribute to Popeye, celebrating the 85th year of the spinach-eating sailor. The show features works from over 100 artists and runs 9/5-9/21/2014. Online sales start on 9/6 here.

Bryan Lee O’Malley: Seconds

Bryan Lee O’Malley: Seconds

A new graphic novel from the creator of Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Seconds is about a successful young chef who suddenly comes upon magical mushrooms, which let her go back in time to correct her mistakes. Preview here (pdf).

What If? The Book

What If? The Book

Physicist and xkcd creator Randall Munroe will soon release a book version of What If?, his funny and enlightening science Q&A series. The book features unpublished articles as well as revised versions of some of the published ones.

The Creative Process

The Creative Process

Virus Comix outlines the inner turmoil that artists suffer. Like a lot of things worth pursuing, the creative process isn’t a straight road. It isn’t even a long and winding one. It’s a lot of roads with many dead ends.

XKCD: Now

XKCD: Now

Randall Munroe continues his experiments with dynamic and time-based comics. His latest piece appears static, but it’s actually a world clock. A web comic world clock. We’d love to have a watch version of this.

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XKCD: Frequency

XKCD: Frequency

Randall Munroe used a grid of animated gifs to illustrate how often certain events, phenomena or actions occur in real time, from mundane things like someone getting a tattoo to someone dying of cancer.

Batman without Bill Finger

Batman without Bill Finger

Ty Templeton imagines what Batman would be without the input of writer Bill Finger. For most of his life, artist Bob Kane claimed sole credit for inventing the Dark Knight, but evidence suggests otherwise. 2/8/14 marks Bill’s 100th birthday.

Deep Dark Fears

Deep Dark Fears

(Gore) Animator Fran Krause’s webcomic about people’s irrational fears and concerns. Some of them are silly and would make your grandparents disown you, but a good number are legitimately frightening in different ways.

Vader’s Son & Princess Figures

Vader’s Son & Princess Figures

A 2-in-1 bundle of Jeffrey Brown’s children’s comic books Darth Vader and Son and Vader’s Little Princess. It comes with two maquettes featuring the titular characters. The Son and Princess sets are also available separately.

The Tunnel

The Tunnel

While taking a bath, a man discovers a hole in the wall of his bathroom in this creepy comic strip by writer and illustrator Ryan Andrews. So…when did it start? What happened to the rest of the world? And why would you go in a random tunnel?

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1

Hip Hop Family Tree Vol. 1

(NSFW: Language) A comic book about the origins of hip hop by Ed Piskor. Hip Hop Family Tree is presented like the Marvel comics from the 70s for that extra OG flavor. It’s a shame it doesn’t come with a soundtrack. More here.

Batman: The Deal

Batman: The Deal

(Gore) The short comic book Batman: The Deal is an impressive piece of philosophical fan fiction created by Gerardo Preciado and Daniel Bayliss. Once you’ve read it, check out the source of the lines they quoted at the end.

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The Sandman: Overture

The Sandman: Overture

For the 25th anniversary of his legendary comic book series, Neil Gaiman worked with artist J.H. Williams III to make Sandman: Overture, a 6-issue miniseries that reveals the events before the main storyline. More here.

Dear Mr. Watterson (Trailer 2)

Dear Mr. Watterson (Trailer 2)

Joel Allen Schroeder’s documentary about the legacy of Calvin & Hobbes will be in theaters soon and is available for pre-order. It doesn’t appear to have Mr. Watterson himself, but that’s to be expected. Also on iTunes.

Afterlife with Archie

Afterlife with Archie

We knew that Jughead loves to eat, but we didn’t know he’d develop a taste for human flesh. The zombie apocalypse comes to Riverdale in Afterlife with Archie by writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and artist Francesco Francavilla.

Comics x Lamps

Comics x Lamps

Home decor site Elite Fixtures edited a few famous comic book covers and replaced characters with lamps. Yeah, we didn’t think it would work either, but for some reason seeing Wolverine get mad at a lamp cracked us up.

Comic Book Portraits

Comic Book Portraits

Illustrator Terry Huddleston creates these tightly-cropped portraits of famous comic book superheroes and villains. He also does custom commission work. Be sure to check his DC Comics and Marvel collections.

Magical Game Time Vol. 1

Magical Game Time Vol. 1

A 144-page, full color compilation of Zac Gorman’s Magical Game Time comic strips, from its inception in 2011 to the July 2013 strips. The comic depicts video game characters in hilarious or touching introspective moments.

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