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Hellboy's still in Hell and Mike Mignola came to Emerald City Comic-Con to talk about it. The "Hellboy in Hell" and "B.P.R.D." creator talked about the present and future of the Dark Horse series as one hero goes to hell and another group of heroes suffer Hell on Earth!

Find out why we shouldn't expect to see God in "Hellboy," what it's like collaborating with Guillermo del Toro, and exploring mythology through the "Hellboy" universe.

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2011 was a year of truly awesome artistic talent in the comic book world -- and picking 10 of the best was no easy task. Enjoy this trip through some of the most exciting artists working in comics today!

10. Tradd Moore (The Strange Talent Of Luther Strode)

We like to refer to Tradd Moore around here as "our" discovery -- in that we picked up The Strange Talent Of Luther Strode not knowing what to expect and realized Moore was one of the breakout new artists of the year. What can we say after looking at his art, but: "Moore! Moorrrrrre!"

9. Mike Allred (iZombie)

It is sooo good to see new Allred stuff hit the stands, and iZombie was the perfect project. One of the few artists to make undead women look sexy, smart, and definitely not mindless (though perhaps also with an appetite for minds).

8. Tyler Crook (B.P.R.D., Petrograd)

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Not only is the art in Oni's upcoming OGN Petrograd some of the best of the year under the hand of Tyler Crook, but it sports an epic--and I don't use this word easily--expansive, detailed story from writer Phil Gelatt about the killing of the so-called "mad monk" Rasputin and the collapse of the Russian monarchy. Gelatt's script takes what could potentially be a piece of dry historical fiction and crafts a gripping thriller about pre-Communist decadence and the rise of the "modern" British spy business through the eyes of Cleary, a man who escaped the trenches of the first world war to hobnob with (and spy on) both the Russian elites and the burgeoning Marxist movement.

I'm saying the book was so good, we had to talk to the guys who made to find out more.

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Last weekend’s Oni Press panel at WonderCon briefly became the Tyler Crook Appreciation Panel as new work was shown off by the soon-to-be prolific artist of Petrograd and Dark Horse’s B.P.R.D.

But let’s rewind a bit: attending the panel were Crook, along with writer/artist Brian Hurtt (The Sixth Gun), and nerdcore rapper Eugene Ahn (aka Adam Warrock), with Oni Sales and Marketing Director Cory Casoni moderating.

The panel kicked off with Casoni and Ahn talking about the latter’s recently released free to download "Oni Press Mixtape." Ahn credits the origins of the mixtape with the constant, joking harassment by Oni editor Charlie Chu for the rapper to do something with the publisher involving his music. Ahn has been familiar with the Oni family of creators for a while, with many of them participating in Ahn and blogger/humorist Chris Sims’ podcast "War Rocket Ajax."

Ahn’s participation in the podcast has come to an end in recent months with his recent tour in support of his still-fledgling music career. In fact, until last year, Ahn was a lawyer practicing out of New York before he decided to pursue his music full time after the release of his first full-length album, The War for Infinity. Both Infinity and the Oni Press Mixtape meld Ahn’s passion for both sample-heavy hip hop and comics. Specifically, with Oni, the rapper has tailored each track to a specific title from the publisher’s catalog. Read More...

Yesterday we profiled artist Guy Davis on his exit from his long-running stint on B.P.R.D. . Today, we’re catching up with the series’ new artist, Tyler Crook, who’ll be joining Mike Mignola and John Arcudi on the upcoming Monsters arc. Check out what Crook had to say about his early career, how he got drawn into the B.P.R.D. universe, and what’s next for him.

Geek: Who is this Tyler Crook character and what’s he been doing up until now?

Tyler Crook: Mostly I've been making video games. I've done some other art and design work – kids clothing, yellow page ads, website design – but the bulk of my career has been as a 3D modeler in the video games industry. For the last two years I've been working on an original graphic novel with my buddy, Phil Gelatt called Petrograd. It's historical fiction about the assassination of Rasputin. I had always had the comic bug and wanted to get into it and after working on Petrograd I knew I had to make comics my full-time job. Read More...

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