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Breaking the Rules of the Comic Art World with @fionastaples

To see a first glimpse of Marvel’s new Thor cover — and for more amazing comic art—follow @fionastaples on Instagram. For general geekery and awesomeness from Comic-Con San Diego, check out the #SDCC hashtag.

Thor is becoming a woman—and Fiona Staples (@fionastaples) is the artist charged with bringing the iconic comic book hero to life on the cover of Marvel’s groundbreaking issue.

Fiona’s Instagram photos are a comic book fan’s dream, showcasing special teasers from cool, upcoming projects (like Thor), but the Alberta-born artist also uses her account to share beautiful in-progress sketches featuring well-known faces both within the comic world and beyond.

Fiona joins other artists at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2014, a massive community event that is becoming more and more gender-inclusive every year. As a woman in a traditionally male-dominated industry, Fiona considers herself an important advocate for well-developed female characters.

"I think comics have a bit of a reputation for tacky and exploitative images of women,” she says. “But that’s becoming a thing of the past.”

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San Diego Comic-Con 2013

For more photos from Comic-Con 2013, browse the #SDCC and #NerdHQ hashtags and check out photos and videos from the San Diego Comic-Con 2013 and Nerd HQ 2013 location pages.

Superheroes, aliens and costumed enthusiasts of all kinds have descended upon San Diego, California, over the past three days for Comic-Con International 2013.

The convention first began in 1970 as a small one-day meeting with about 100 people in attendance, but over the past 46 years San Diego Comic-Con has grown to a four-day affair with over 130,000 attendees and a host of celebrity special guests. The convention has even expanded to other nearby locations, including The Nerd Machine’s popular mini-convention, Nerd HQ.

This year’s attractions include appearances from the cast of Game of Thrones, InstaStops for photos from your favorite celebrities and even a #jumpstagram from a giant dancing snoopy.

To see more content live from Comic-Con 2013, check out these Instagram accounts:

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43rd Comic-Con International

Comic-Con Want to see more of the tens of thousands of photos tagged at this year’s Comic-Con? Check out the SDCC 2012 location page and pictures tagged with #SDCC.

Every year, folks from around the world don their finest television, movie, comic book & video game-based cosplay costumes, and convene in San Diego, California for Comic-Con International.

The convention, first held in 1970, was initially founded as a comic book convention, but has since grown to emcompass all elements of pop culture, fantasy, and science fiction. In recent years, it has drawn in excess of 100,000 participants.