By Chris Sims
When it comes to the holiday gift-giving season, comic book readers are notoriously difficult to shop for. I mean, most of us are down at the shop buying our favorite stuff every single week, so when the time comes for people who like us to get us something we want, well, a lot of times we already have it. That’s why we’re stepping in with a public service, bringing you comics-related items sure to make the season brighter, whether you’re browsing for a gift or just looking for something to drop hints about so that you don’t get stuck with a random assortment of back issues again.
We can all agree that the 1966 TV series is, of course, the One True Batman Above All Others, and recent developments in licensing have finally given us the toys we’ve (I’ve) wanted for years, but today, you can get them super cheap. I’m talking Surf Jams Batman for five bucks cheap.
The last twelve months offered comic book readers a wide variety of work ranging from the most crowd-pleasing superhero epics to the most idiosyncratic of indies, and the return of old favorites to the emergence of exciting new talent. It was a busy and productive year for the industry, and one we’re pleased to celebrate with what we’re certain will be an uncontroversial, unenumerated list of awards that will prompt only resounding agreement and unbroken fellowship amongst our readers in the comments below. Welcome to part three of ComicsAlliance’s Best Comic Books of 2013.
About the Earth-3 Aquaman Memorial Awards
Aquaman of Earth-3 lived as he died.
A beautiful or striking cover is always the work of someone who is both a smart designer and a gifted artist. Comic cover artists need to know how to use what little space they have to not only make an impression but also hint at a compelling story.
In these final weeks of 2013, ComicsAlliance is going to look back at our picks of the best cover artists working in comics today with a small selection of each of their covers. This week we showcase the work of Brian Churilla (Blackacre), Adam Hughes (Fairest), Mahmud A. Asrar (Supergirl) and Declan Shalvey (Winter Soldier.)
ABOVE: Winter Soldier #16, cover by Declan Shalvey
By Betty Felon
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such asCosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
ABOVE: Wonder Woman, photographed by Andrew Michael Phillips