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Hire This Woman: Artist Alison Sampson

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In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”

Architect and artist Alison Sampson is relatively new to the world of comics, but has done work for both IDW Publishing and Image. In addition to her Image one-shot Genesis with writer Nathan Edmondson (on sale this week), Sampson is also working on the comic Winnebago Graveyard with writer Steve Niles for Black Mask.

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Scott & Stone Talk IDW’s Windblade: The First Transformers Comic Created by Women [Interview]

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Windblade, a recent addition to Transformers universe, is not like all the other bots that came before her. She's the first Transformer created entirely by fans, through a series of polls on toy manufactuer Hasbro's website.

The Windblade toy debuts later this year, but to learn more about the character fans should pick up the new Transformers: Windblade four-issue series from IDW Publishing, debuting later this month from writer Mairghread Scott and artist Sarah Stone. The comic is also a little different from those that came before it, in that it's the first Transformers comic by a female writer/artist team.

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‘Littlest Pet Shop’ Joins IDW’s Line Of All-Ages Comics

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IDW's line of licensed cartoon books is blowing up. Not only is the publisher the home to a huge new Cartoon Network event that ties into a number of ongoing series, it's also the publishing home of Hasbro's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, and now Littlest Pet Shop. It will be written by Georgia Ball (My Little Pony) with art by Nico Peña and Antonio Campo (The Penguins of Madagascar).

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Townsville’s Heroes Rally Against King Steve In ‘Powerpuff Girls’ #8 [Preview]

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The City of Townsville, as you'll know if you read last month's The Powerpuff Girls #7, by CA favorite Derek Charm, is quite possibly facing its darkest moment ever. Well, except for that time Princess Morbucks made all crime legal. And when the villains formed an evil super-group called the Beat-Alls. And, you know, that time that they went into the future where Him took over and destroyed the town and killed everyone, that was probably the worst.

Look: It's pretty dark is what I'm saying. But as a massive monster invasion led by the new King of Monster Island devastates the town and the Girls been driven to give up on defending their home, it's important to remember that it's always darkest before the dawn! Maybe, just maybe, they can rally in next week's The Powerpuff Girls #8, and if you can't wait to see how, good news: We've got a preview that you can check out right below!

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Cartoon Network Stars Clash In ‘Super Secret Crisis War!’ Alternate Interlocking Covers [Art]

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Writer Louise Simonson and artist Derek Charm's six-issue Super Secret Crisis War! is set to bring Cartoon Network stars from from Dexter's LaboratorySamurai Jack, The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, and Ed, Edd and Eddy together in story this June, but Troy Little will be stacking the crew on his alternate covers for the series -- interlocking covers, to be exact. Unlike some of the more landscape-oriented interlocking covers we've seen in the past, Little's stacking his cover art 2 comics wide by 3 comics tall for an image fit for a wall scroll (or just a conventional poster). Get your first look, after the cut.

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Judge Dredd Hits The Beach And Battles Giant Shrimp In ‘Mega City Two’ #3 [Preview]

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Judge Dredd: Mega City Two, in which Douglas Wolk and Ulises Farinas are chronicling the stone-faced lawman's trip out west to the City of Courts that used to be Los Angeles, has already been one of the most fun comics on the stands in just the first issue. Next week's installment, however, takes it to an entirely new, entirely ridiculous level, as Dredd hits the beach for "Beach Blanket Justice" and ends up encountering a giant mutated atomic shrimp that's going to seriously damage tourism. And that's just on page two -- and it's the least of Dredd's problems with post-nuclear California.

And if that wasn't enough to get you excited? There is a pretty amazing joke about LA-based plagiarist Shia LaBeouf some guy in here. Check out a preview and watch for it below!

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IDW Invents New ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ Comic

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It seems Dexter's variant Powerpuff Girls cover cameo was merely a teaser of things to come. IDW is expanding its line of Cartoon Network line of comics with a brand new ongoing series based on Dexter's Laboratory, and it promises to continue the science-based sibling rivalry between Dexter and his sister Dee Dee.

The new series, written by Li'l Gotham's Derek Fridolfs and with art by Ryan Jampole (Mega Man), takes off next month.

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Monster Day Hits Townsville In Derek Charm’s ‘Powerpuff Girls’ #7 [Preview]

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We've been excited about the amazing Derek Charm taking a shot at writing and drawing The Powerpuff Girls ever since IDW first announced his two-part story, and now, we are on the eve of Monster Day. PPG #7 is out next week, and with it, the City of Townsville comes under attack -- sort of -- by the residents of Monster Island, heckbent on having a good time and probably destroying huge swaths of real estate in the process.

Obviously, the Utonium Triplets are going to have something to say about that, but how do you stop a monster invasion when all they really want is to have a good time? It's pretty exciting, but if you still need more to get pumped about it, check out a preview below!

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Original Harlan Ellison ‘Star Trek’ Episode Script Gets A Comic Book Miniseries At IDW

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With its dramatic tale of time travel trauma, "City on the Edge of Forever" is widely considered one of the best episodes of the original Star Trek TV series, but what made it to the screen was quite different from sci-fi writer Harlan Ellison's original script, which was too long for a one-hour TV show and had far too many speaking parts for the production budget.

Comics don't have those restrictions, though, so IDW Publishing is taking Ellison's full, original teleplay and adapting it into a comics mini-series, starting in June. It'll be written by Scott Tipton and David Tipton, and with interior art by J.K. Woodward. Juan Ortiz will be the artist on the main covers, which give the series a sort of pulp-novel look, while movie poster artist Paul Shipper will be on variant covers. Ellison will serve as a sort of consultant.

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Tom Scioli And John Barber Talk ‘Transformers vs. G.I. Joe’ [Interview]

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Transformers vs. G.I. Joe is a crossover that sells it self, but the downside of that is that it's been done often enough that it can be difficult to get excited about the next version. Unless, of course, you tell me that it's going to be co-written, drawn, and lettered by Tom Scioli, the man who wrote the line "Robot Dracula is an efficient torturer" and rendered all other comics obsolete. If you do that, you have my attention, and that's exactly what they did when they announced that Scioli and John Barber were kicking off an ongoing series about the two teams, set to launch with #0 on Free Comic Book Day.

To find out more about how the project came together, I spoke to Scioli and Barber about how the project came together, Scioli's massive pitch document, and how their life-long and relatively recent love of the comics influenced their storytelling. Believe it or not, I don't think we talk about Destro at all.

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