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At San Diego this year, ComiXology unveiled a series of “Comic Book All Stars” trading card, in the grand tradition of cards going back to Eclipse’s famed set of the 90s. And this time, perhaps for the very first time, there are just as many women as men, with Margaret Atwood, Louise Simonson, Sophie Campbell and Penelope Bagieu among those captured on pasteboard. Of course, for nostalgics, it’s Chip Zdarsky who wins the prize:

 

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With this callback to Todd McFarlane’s famed 90’s pose:

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It’s this sense of history and tradition that makes comics great.

Atwood and Chuck Palahniuk are included as “Rookie cards,” another reference to the great tradition of collectible cards. The set comprises 31 cards and a checklist, and each includes a redemption code redeemable for a free title on comixology.com that has been handpicked by the creator.

The cards will be available at two ComiXology panels, in limited quantities. ComiXology will also be giving out a Kindle Fire HD at these panels. And the cards will be given out at selected times at their table in Artist Alley, #M3-M4.  Creator signings and card drops will be announced via social media and its Tumblr closer to the convention.

“Sequels need to be bigger and bolder than the original so we’ve upped the ante for New York Comic Con,” said comiXology cofounder and CEO David Steinberger. “Series 2 has more cards, including a card showcasing the all-ages comics creative team of Art Baltazar and Franco and a card spotlighting one of my personal favorite graphic novels of all time,March. Whether the cards are self-portraits, like Jim Cheung’s, or throwback photos like Cliff Chiang’s, they celebrate the unbridled creativity of the writers and artists who create comics.”

The Comic Book All Stars Series 2 collectible trading card set features the following cards

Charlie Adlard, artist: The Walking Dead Tyreese Special (Image Comics)
Pénélope Bagieu, writer/artist: Josephine (Editions Delcourt)
Alison Bechdel, writer/artist: Fun Home (Houghton Mifflin)
Natacha Bustos, artist: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (Marvel Comics)
Sophie Campbell, artist: Shadoweyes (Iron Circus)
Cliff Chiang, artist: Paper Girls (Image Comics)
Jim Cheung, artist: Young Avengers (Marvel Comics)
Johnnie Christmas, artist: Angel Catbird (Dark Horse Comics)
Kevin Eastman, writer/artist: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (IDW Publishing)
Neil Gaiman, writer: Sandman (Vertigo Comics)
Agnes Garbowska, artist: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic (IDW Publishing)
Larry Hama, writer: G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero (IDW Publishing)
Dean Haspiel, writer/artist: Beef With Tomato (Alternative Comics)
Joe Hill, writer: Locke & Key (IDW Publishing)
Jamal Igle, writer/artist: Molly Danger (Action Lab Entertainment)
Phil Jimenez, writer/artist: Superwoman (DC Comics)
Marjorie Liu, writer: Monstress (Image Comics)
Grant Morrison, writer: Happy (Image Comics)
Jimmy Palmiotti, writer: Painkiller Jane (PaperFilms)
Amy Reeder, writer/artist: Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (Marvel Comics)
Gabriel Rodriguez, artist: Locke & Key (IDW Publishing)
Marguerite Sauvage, artist: Faith (Valiant)
Gail Simone, writer: Clean Room (Vertigo Comics)
Charles Soule, writer: Letter 44 (Oni Press)
Louise Simonson
, writer: Superman: Man of Steel (DC Comics)

Walt Simonson, writer/artist: Ragnarök (IDW Publishing)
Chip Zdarsky, artist: Sex Criminals (Image Comics)
Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, writers/artists: Tiny Titans (DC Comics)
Team March, U.S. Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & artist Nate Powell (Top Shelf/IDW Publishing)
“All Star” Rookies:
Margaret Atwood, writer: Angel Catbird (Dark Horse Comics)
Chuck Palahniuk, writer: Fight Club 2 (Dark Horse Comics)

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