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
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.
If there’s one thing that we can all agree on this holiday season, it’s that your wintertime needs more Batman. Even if you think your wintertime has the maximum allowable amount of Batman in it, there can always be more — and Funko’s Batman Boxox paper craft set is a pretty nice way to add a little without spending a lot.
If you’re anything like Clark and Jimmy caroling away full of festive cheer, Happy Holidays!
If you understand the holidays are only good for seasonal coffee, and you’ve seriously considered drop-kicking anyone else who tells you to have a Merry Christmas, then you and Lois are on the same page.
By Andy Khouri
We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images 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, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.
ABOVE: Wonder Woman and Batwoman by axeeeee
If you were thinking that Ben Affleck donning Batman’s cape and cowl for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel meant he’d be doing a version of Christian Bale’s famous Bat-growl from the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, think again.
Affleck told Playboy he’s going to “redefine Batman in a way that doesn’t compete” with Bale and Nolan’s version of the character.
By Joe Hughes
With the tremendous success of films like The Hunger Games and Catching Fire, as well as Hollywood’s focus on turning as many popular super hero properties into films as possible, demand for a Wonder Woman movie is perhaps at an all time high. And while there’s still no official movie in the works as of yet, it’s possible we’re now one step closer, as it’s been announced that Fast and Furious star Gal Gadot has been cast to play Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie, representing the first time the pop culture icon will appear in a feature film.