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Mondo is offering prints by Ross, Francavilla and Shaw

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On Thursday, Mondo will offer six posters by Alex Ross, Francesco Francavilla and Jay Shaw that were previously only available at MondoCon, held last month in Austin, Texas. So if you’re a fan of those artists, or of The Iron Giant, Afterlife With Archie or Deadpool, you’ll probably want to keep an eye on Mondo’s Twitter account for the on-sale announcements.

Check out the prints, and the details, below.

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The clock is ticking down to the start of InkTober!

inktoberAlthough it may not be as big as National Novel Writing Month, over the past five years InkTober has grown into a global event. What’s InkTober, you ask? It’s a challenge created in 2009 by illustrator Jake Parker to help improve inking skills and work habits — and this year’s edition starts tomorrow.

If the date sneaked up on you, don’t panic: All that’s required is a pen or brush and paper — but you’ll probably also need an Internet connection, and either a scanner or digital camera.

Each day throughout October, you simply make an ink drawing and upload to your blog, Facebook page, or Twitter or Instagram account, accompanied by the hashtag #inktober. (Or, as Parker suggests, you can simply pin it to your wall.)

That’s it: 31 drawings in 31 days. Parker breaks down the rules, and provides a list of resources, on his website.

UFC debuts UFC 181 poster by Howard Porter and Alex Sinclair

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To help promote its UFC 181 pay-per-view event, the UFC turned to DC Comics for a comic book-style poster, created by Howard Porter and Alex Sinclair.

The result, which showcases the card’s two title fights — Robbie Lawler vs. Johny Hendricks and Anthony Pettis vs. Gilbert Melendez — was unveiled Friday during a press conference.

A lifelong fan of mixed martial arts, the former JLA and Flash artist said he was thrilled when asked by DC to illustrate the poster.

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These Marvel-themed cereals would make mornings easier

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Spider-Man had his own limited-edition cereal in the mid-’90s, complete with marshmallows shaped like the Spider-symbol, Peter Parker’s camera, Hobgoblin’s pumpkin bomb and, strangely, Kingpin. So why shouldn’t some of Marvel’s other popular characters get in on some of that sweet, sweet breakfast action?

Designers Crystal Fontan (aka Bamboota) and Elliott Fernandez seem to have wondered the same thing, as they’ve created (alas) imaginary cereal brands like Bifrosted Loki Charms, Tony’s Iron Bran, Cap’N Ameri-Crunch and, yes, Groot Loops (with limited-edition cocoa marshmallows of Groot and Rocket Raccoon).

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Sean Murphy goes old-school arcade with ‘Castlevania’ art

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Sean Murphy is in the middle of drawing his first Image Comics series — a collaboration with Rick Remender called Tokyo Ghost — but he still has time for a side project, especially a fun one. Over the weekend Murphy posted a gorgeous illustration based on the classic video game Castlevania, but it’s not just a pin-up — it’s a piece done to the specifications of a classic stand-up arcade box.

“For fun, I’m going to do a series of pieces that are 23×7 like the marquee of a retro stand-up arcade machine (it’s that plexiglass light at the top),” Murphy writes.

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Ancient Mayan-inspired Batman suit is the best Batman suit

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Somewhere, perhaps, there’s a writer who scribbled notes for a never-realized Elseworlds story about a Batman — or Bat-Man, if you prefer — who stood watch more than 1,000 years ago over Caracol or Tikal. If so, he might’ve worn something a lot like this incredible cowl created by Mexican artist Kimbal for Batman a Través de la Creatividad Mexicana, a celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Dark Knight held at the Mexican Museum of Design in Mexico City.

Inspired by Camazotz, a bat god of Mayan myth (his name means “death bat”), the piece is painstakingly detailed and beautifully weathered (The Creators Project has several photos detailing Kimbal’s process).

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Superman’s trunks make a return in J. Bone cartoons

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I don’t know whether it was cartoonist J. Bone’s intent, but I like the suggestion that his “sun-friendly” Superman costume is a send-up of the not-exactly-convincing justification for Starfire’s skimpy costume — namely, that she draws her power from the sun and, therefore, needs to expose as much skin as Earth laws will allow. Heck, these new threads could even work as a response to those who miss those signature red trunks in the New 52 design.

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DC favorites make headlines in ‘Saturday Evening Post’ tributes

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Artist Juan Carlos Ruiz Burgos recently added the above Zatanna illustration to his deviantART gallery, drawing our attention to his occasional series of frankly amazing tributes to the classic Saturday Evening Post covers using DC Comics characters.

In addition to Zatanna, surrounded on stage by white rabbits, there’s a heartwarming depiction of Clark Kent casually reading The Daily Planet as a little boy gapes in awe at Action Comics #1, The Joker and Harley Quinn on the run like Bonnie and Clyde, Wonder Woman listening thoughtfully to a little girl, and an autumnal Poison Ivy piece that’s probably not safe for work.

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Rocket and Groot go exploring in Calvin and Hobbes mashups

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Undoubtedly the breakout stars of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon and Groot have emerged as one of the most loveable pairings in recent memory, a relationship immortalized not only on film but in pen and ink, in statues and even in life-sized LEGO. You might even say they’re on a course to become this generation’s Calvin and Hobbes.

Even if you’re not prepared to make that leap, veteran comics artist Mike S. Miller is, creating adorable mashups of Rocket and Groot and Bill Watterson’s beloved creations. He’ll have prints for sale at conventions, but you can order all three online for $50.

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Jock brings some comics flair to new ‘Gotham’ TV spot

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Fox’s upcoming drama Gotham of course borrows heavily from 75 years of DC Comics history, with its own take on characters like James Gordon, Harvey Bullock, Catwoman, The Riddler and Bruce Wayne. And, as anyone who’s seen any of the promo spots likely noticed, it also co-opts comic book imagery, most noticeable in the shots of Martha Wayne’s broken pearl necklace and young Bruce screaming in the alley between the bodies of his parents.

But in the latest promo, called “Heroes Aren’t Born, They’re Forged,” Fox uses actual images created by a comic artist — former Detective Comics artist Jock, who’s responsible for perhaps the most iconic Joker cover in recent memory. His contribution to the TV spot is three beautiful scene-transition illustrations, featuring the aforementioned alley shot, a determined young Bruce and a sniveling Oswald Cobblepot.

You can see the other two pieces, and the promo spot, below. Gotham premieres Sept. 22 on Fox.

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Superheroes get rockin’ makeovers in ‘Super Rockers’

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Outside of Dazzler, Lila Cheney and Zenith, we don’t often see musicians as superheroes — or is it superheroes as musicians? — in comic books. But that didn’t stop illustrator Andrés Moncayo from exploring the concept in “Super Rockers,” in which he assembles a lineup of DC Comics and Marvel superheroes for a rock-star makeover.

“I made this project because nothing inspire more as a child than superheros and music when I was a teenager,” Moncayo writes. “So here it is, music and superheroes together.”

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These takes on Manara’s Spider-Woman may cause nightmares

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Just when it seemed Milo Manara’s controversial variant cover for Spider-Woman #1 had been thoroughly scrutinized, criticized, defended and lampooned, two more critiques emerged that will likely lead you to rethink the image, and then wash your eyes out with industrial cleaner.

Note: Perhaps needless to say, neither of these is particularly safe for work.

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World Art Drop Day creates a global hunt for original art

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Have you ever wanted to discover a piece of original art in the wild? Well, now’s your chance. Today is World Art Drop Day, an initiative begun by Missile Mouse creator Jake Parker that encourages all artists — whether it’s professional or amateur — to drop a piece of art wherever they find themselves and provide clues on social media to help people find it. The inspiration came from Parker’s own art drop, in which he left sketches around the United States for enterprising fans to discover.

Among the many artists participating are Mouse Guard creator David Petersen, Ben Caldwell (who most recently drew the Gen-13 backup story in Supergirl #33) and Who is Jake Ellis? artist Tonci Zonjic. Many more are participating across the globe. Clues and posts about the initiative can currently be found using the hashtag #artdropday.

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Artists Jim Evans, Coke Novarro take on TMNT for ‘Yokai’ project

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Paramount Pictures has released two new pieces of from “The Legend of the Yokai,” an international art project that explores the ancient origins of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

Long before Leonardo, Michelangelo, Donatello and Raphael emerged to face Shredder and his Foot Clan soldiers, the story goes, there were four heroic Kappa — ancient turtle warriors abiding by the pillars of honor, courage, wisdom and brotherhood — who vowed to protect a village overrun by a an evil warlord and his army of demonic monsters. To celebrate the tradition, and the international rollout of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film, the studio commissioned more than 30 artists from 16 countries to explore the epic’s connections to the Heroes in a Half Shell.

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Kris Anka cuts loose with amazing Captain America illustration

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Kris Anka stays pretty busy as one of the regular rotating artists of Uncanny X-Men, but you want to see him take a spin on another of Marvel’s marquee franchises, look no further than his depiction of the Sentinel of Liberty and his supporting cast from Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Although Anka debuted the artwork only last week on his blog, it was produced a few years ago and never released. He explained it was intended to accompany Sideshow Collectibles’ Captain America Premium Format statue, but it wasn’t approved in time to be included in the packaging.

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