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‘Rooster Tails’ Cartoonist Sam Orchard Documents Real Life LGBT Stories In ‘Family Portraits’ [Interview]

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Sam Orchard has been making his webcomic Rooster Tails since 2010; a series of weekly autobiographical strips about life as a transguy in New Zealand. It's an honest, sweet, nerdy, funny, and charming insight into one person's experience with transitioning.

Orchard has expanded his canvas to look at the experiences of other queer and transgender people in his new book, Family Portraits, and he's turned to Kickstarter to crowdfund the book and an American promotional tour. Rewards include PDF and print copies of the book, postcards, art prints, and custom comics. ComicsAlliance spoke with Orchard to find out more about the project.

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Link Ink: Chris Evans On His Cap Future, Fresh ‘Son Of Batman’ Footage And New ‘DC Universe Online’ DLC

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Wednesday's links await, after the jump.

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Link Ink: More ‘Marvel Disk Wars’ Footage, ‘Attack On Titan’ Invades ‘Monster Hunter’ And ‘Space Dandy’ Season 2

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Hit the cut to see all of today's links.

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Anime Boston 2014 Edition

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As you know from our weekly Best Cosplay Ever feature, we’re big fans of cosplay at ComicsAlliance. The comics, sci-fi, gaming and fantasy communities’ talents for homemade disguises, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics are definitely on display this weekend at Anime Boston, and you’d better believe we’re on hand to document as much as we can. Click after the cut for some exceptional examples of superheroic cosplaying talent that we spotted at Anime Boston 2014.

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Link Ink: More ‘Arkham Knight’ Images, Hip Hop Family Graffiti And New Pumpkin Bombs

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Start your week off right with today's links.

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Comics Alliance Podcast 104: Church of Nerd HQ, Jem and the Holo-Tumblrs, and Asian American Iron Fist

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Welcome back to the ComicsAlliance Podcast, covering the latest comic book entertainment culture, news, humor and commentary. Joining Senior Editors Andy Khouri and Caleb Goellner for this episode are Senior Writer Chris Sims and Staff Writer Andrew Wheeler.

On the table for discussion: An Asian American advocacy group petitions Marvel to cast Iron Fist, a blond caucasian kung fu master in the comics, with an Asian American actor in the forthcoming Netflix series. We talk about why this is a great idea.

After decades of waiting, there is to be a live action film based on 1980s iconic animated series, Jem and the Hologram, which will be crowdsourced on Tumblr. Unfortunately, Jem creator Christy Marx has been shut out of the project. We talk about why this is outrageous.

Finally, the group analyzes the controversial Nerd HQ crowd funding campaign undertaken by actor Zachary Levi, who hopes to raise one million dollars to produce an off-site celebrity charity event during San Diego Comic-Con, raising questions both financial and cultural.

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Josh Lynch Draws Luchador Heroes, Marvel Cuties And Incredible Sketches [Art]

Art by Josh Lynch, http://jlynchart.tumblr.com/

One of the real joys of working for a site like ComicsAlliance is that every now and then, you come across an artist that you've never seen before, but whose work is exactly the kind of thing you like. That was exactly what happened to me when I started poking around the pieces that Josh Lynch has to offer -- not only does he have an incredible style that lends itself equally well to sketches of Godzilla rampaging through city streets and cute, cartoony Marvel heroes and villains.

And also superhero luchador mashups and X-Men covers redesigned with Pokémon. What can I say? I told you it was right up my alley. Check out a few favorites of Lynch's artwork below!

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The Comics Alliance Collection: Cool Stuff We (And You) Got This Week

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The ComicsAlliance staff is a diverse lineup writers, editors, artists, photographers and designers, but before we’re any of those things we’re simply fans. Appreciators. Collectors. Almost every day we share with each other via Instagram all the great books, toys, artwork, apparel, and other beautiful and/or inescapably cool objects we collect almost ceaselessly in comics stores, at conventions, and from all kinds of sources all over North America (and sometimes beyond). Displaying (i.e. showing off) some rad swag typically inspires everyone to one-up their pop-archeologist game in the never ending quest to find awesome stuff, and simply posting the week’s new comics usually causes someone to discover a new title or artist, which in turn inspires a whole new line of excavation.

In the past we’ve published photos of our “con hauls” here on CA and the resulting discussion with readers — i.e. collector kudos — has always been fun, so with the ComicsAlliance Collection we’re going to do it every week. But more importantly, we want to see your collection too. Show us new additions to your collections by using the hashtag #CAcollection on Instagram or tag us @ComicsAlliance and we’ll embed the best stuff alongside our own recent acquisitions.

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Michael Lombardi’s Superhero Pin-Ups Want You To Be More Like Aquaman [Art]

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I have seen a lot of great art from a lot of great artists over the years, but I'm pretty sure that Michael Lombardi was the first to add a caption encouraging people to be more like Aquaman. I mean, if anything, I tend to favor art that advises people to be as unlike Aquaman as humanly possible. I don't even own an orange shirt. That is how dedicated I am to this.

And yet, Lombardi's beautifully exaggerated figures have an appeal that's hard to deny, even when he's drawing the King of Atlantis -- and it helps that he's doing the awesome Brave and the Bold version, too. Check it out, along with other pieces featuring some of our favorite superheroes, below!

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Should Marvel’s Iron Fist Be Re-Imagined For the Screen as an Asian American?

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Back in November Marvel Studios announced a deal to make five TV shows for Netflix; four solo series based on the Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and Luke Cage characters, and a Defenders series that brings them all together.

Filming on the first of these, Daredevil, begins in July in New York City. No casting announcements have been made, but they're sure to come soon, and some fans see this as an opportunity to make a change to one character. They've created a petition asking that an Asian American actor be cast as Iron Fist.

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