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Alex Ross pits Darth Vader against Doctor Doom

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OK, so maybe Batman versus Darth Vader wasn’t exactly a fair fight, but what about Doctor Doom versus the Dark Lord? Alex Ross depicts such a scenario in a painting he created for a friend. Both characters blend magic and technology, and they cut mean figures in their capes and suits of armor. It seems like a pretty good match-up.

By this point, Ross is becoming an old hand at the Sith Lord, having recently provided variant covers for Marvel’s Star Wars #1 and Star Wars: Darth Vader #1.

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Celebrate Doomsgiving with ‘Calamity’ Jon Morris

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With Thanksgiving this week, it was sheer coincidence that I ran across Doomsgiving, a Tumblr hashtag used by Washington-based cartoonist and writer “Calamity” Jon Morris to celebrate his affinity for the Doom Patrol.

Morris, who also posted Doomsgiving pieces last year (in addition to being involved in a variety of unique side projects well worth checking out), has penned The League of Regrettable Heroes: Half-Baked Heroes from Comic Book History, set for release in June 2015). There are plenty more of his illustrations to enjoy on his Tumblr and on Behance.

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Creative process: Dreistadt and Gibson on ‘Capture Creatures’

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Next week, BOOM! Studios’ KaBOOM! imprint launches Capture Creatures, a new ongoing series by writer Frank Gibson and artist Becky Dreistadt. It’s the latest evolutionary step for a property that began as a website with 151 Dreistadt paintings of cute creatures (inspired by Pokemon) before being Kickstartered as a 300-plus page collected edition with Gibson-written character descriptions.

In anticipation of the series debut, Dreistadt and Gibson shared six exclusive process pages with ROBOT 6 that follow the art from initial pencils (Dreistadt) to the inking stage (by Kelly Bastow), followed by colored pages by Tracy Liang and, finally, letters by Britt Wilson. Along with the process pages, Dreistadt and Gibson also detailed the influences and challenges behind bringing Capture Creatures to KaBOOM!

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Artists reimagine Batman, with some sci-fi and fantasy flair

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Virtually everyone, fan and creator alike, has his or her own of what Batman acts and looks like. To that end, the Facebook art group Brainstorm asked its members to redesign the Dark Knight — just one in a series of challenges — to stunning results.

The Brainstorm Facebook page has been rampant with designs, some keeping the superhero elements while others delve into fantasy and sci-fi. The entries come from artists of all skill levels and from around the world.

Here are six pieces, out of the hundreds submitted, that stood out. Head to Brainstorm’s Facebook page to see even more.

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Creative process: Jack Katz pencils from ‘The First Kingdom’

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This week marks the release of the final collected volume of Jack Katz‘s  an epic series initially published in the 1970s and ’80s. Titan Comics began reissuing Katz’s magnum opus, which clocks in at an impressive 768 pages, in 2013. Each remastered volume was produced utilizing cleaned and restored art taken from high-resolution scans of Katz’s original art pages, as well as being completely relettered. Titan also provided background information on the history of Katz’s story, as well as extra material, such as character sketches as well as original drawings.

To mark the release, Titan Comics shared with ROBOT 6 some of the extras included in the final volume.

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Now’s your chance to get Mondo Batman prints inspired by TV

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You didn’t think Mondo was finished with those “75 Years of Batman” prints did you? After the first wave went on sale today, the collectible-art boutique revealed which posters will be available on Wednesday: They’re illustrations inspired by Batman ’66, Batman: The Animated Series and Batman Beyond by Jason Edmiston, Tiny Kitten Teeth, Phantom City Creative, Craig Drake, Gianmarco Magnani and Kilian Eng.

Check out the prints below, and keep an eye on the Mondo Twitter feed on Wednesday for the sale announcement.

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You can buy Mondo Batman prints by Francavilla, Jock and more

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If you’ve been itching to get your hands on some of those posters created for Mondo’s “75 Years of Batman” gallery show, here’s your chance. With the exhibit in Austin, Texas, now closed, the collectible-art boutique is making the remaining prints available for purchase, beginning Tuesday.

The sale, which will of course be announced at a random time on the Mondo Twitter feed, begins with stunning pieces by Jock, Francesco Francavilla, Alex Pardee, Matt Taylor, We Buy Your Kids, JC Richard, Tom Whalen and Brandon Holt. Check them out below, and keep an eye on Twitter on Tuesday.

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Marvel/’Attack on Titan’ artist reveals Female Titan print

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Even as more details surface about the highly anticipated Marvel/Attack on Titan crossover, artist Gerardo Sandoval has debuted the limited-edition print he’ll have for sale Saturday as the Festo Comic festival in Mexico City.

The illustration features the characters from Hajime Isayama’s smash-hit manga fighting the Female Titan, who faces Marvel’s Avengers in the new issue of Japan’s Brutus magazine, on sale Saturday.

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Creative process: Brunner, Renzi on ‘Wolverine and the X-Men’ #11

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At Chris Brunner and Rico Renzi’s blog The Kids Stick Together, the artist and colorist have shared some behind-the-scenes pieces from their recent three-page collaboration with writer Jason Latour on Wolverine and the X-Men #11. The creators provide a great deal of insight, and rather than try to summarize it here, ROBOT 6 has cherry-picked a few fun items, with Renzi’s permission. He assured us they will do at least do one additional post analyzing another page in the very near future.

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Russ Heath’s Lichtenstein comic: an overnight sensation two years in the making

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In the past couple of weeks, “Bottle of Wine,” a one-page comic by Russ Heath rightfully captivated the imagination of many industry observers, where the legendary artist addresses the appropriation of his work by pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. Lichtenstein got rich and famous, the strip relates, and Heath received no monetary compensation. A silver lining, Heath describes, is that the work of The Hero Initiative — a nonprofit focused on aiding comics creators in need — has provided him with financial support decades later, including assistance after a knee-replacement surgery.

A tweet on Nov. 1 from cartoonist Dylan Horrocks helped bring widespread attention to the comic — 1,325 retweets and 1,000 favorites as of Wednesday afternoon — and renewed critiques of Lichtenstein’s body of work, frequently derivative of existing comic book art with no credit to the original illustrator. Outlets from Boing Boing to ComicsAlliance all picked up on Heath’s strip, bringing greater awareness to both the Hero Initiative’s work and Lichtenstein’s problematic oeuvre.

Hero Initiative President Jim McLauchlin reached ROBOT 6 to clear the air on a couple of elements of the “Bottle of Wine” coverage. First, the comic strip (colored and lettered by Darwyn Cooke) was initially published in May 2012, in IDW’s Hero Comics 2012. (In fact, ROBOT 6 ran the comic that month.) Also, the Lichtenstein work cited in the comic, 1963’s “Whaam!,” was actually based on a panel by Irv Novick in 1962’s All-American Men of War #89, published by DC Comics — Lichtenstein lifted from Heath in 1962’s “Blam,” with a panel also from All-American Men of War #89. Same issue, different artists.

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‘The Flash’ debuts character cards by Ivan Reis

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As Comic Book Resources debuted one character card drawn by Ivan Reis for the hit CW drama The Flash, a handful of other websites were doing the same, providing fans with mini-biographies of the key players.

In addition to CBR’s Det. Eddie Thawne card, there’s The Flash (Entertainment Weekly), Iris West (KSite TV), Det. Joe West (Access Hollywood), Harrison Wells (The Hollywood Reporter) and Cisco Ramon (IGN). That leaves Caitlin Snow, who should be popping up any moment now …

The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.

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Creative process: Paolo Rivera on ‘The Valiant’ #1

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Coming up Dec. 10, Valiant Entertainment will launch a new four-issue miniseries The Valiant, co-written by Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt with art by Paolo Rivera. To mark its upcoming release, Valiant shared layout, penciled, inked and colored samples of the first four pages for the first issue.

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Creative process: Gabriel Hardman’s rejected ‘Kinski’ cover

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Fans of Gabriel Hardman‘s Kinski get a double treat this week, as the original Monkeybrain run of the series wraps up with the digital release of Issue 6, while at the same time Image Comics has collected all six issues in a $14.99 trade paperback.

To mark the occasion, ROBOT 6 reached out to Hardman for any bonus material he was willing to share . He obliged us with a rejected cover. He also offered the following explanation:

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Anticipating January’s ‘Lady Killer’ from Rich, Jones and Allred

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As a longtime fan of both writer Jamie S. Rich and artist Joëlle Jones, especially when the two are collaborating, I was overjoyed to learn this January will mark the launch of their new Dark Horse miniseries Lady Killer. But Monday I became aware of an incredible creative detail I had previously overlooked: The amazing colorist Laura Allred, who typically only has time in her busy schedule to work with husband Mike Allred, will be coloring Jones.

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Marvel teams with ESPN for LeBron James tribute

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Marvel has reteamed with corporate sibling ESPN to commemorate LeBron James’ return to Cleveland with a special cover for ESPN The Magazine.

The illustration by Miguel Sepulveda, depicting James soaring above the city, is a sequel to the magazine’s 2010 homage to “Spider-Man No More!” that marked his departure for the Miami Heat.

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