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Mike Johnson And Yasmin Liang On Gender-Flipping ‘Star Trek’ And The Tie-In Comic’s New Five-Year Mission [Interview]

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Much like their (rightly) acclaimed Judge Dredd comics, IDW's handling of the Star Trek license has managed to exceed reader expectations with high production values and an uncanny ability to tell engaging comics stories within the limitations of a tie-in book. Over the last three years, IDW has shifted the comics focus to tell stories from within the world of J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot team's cinematic Star Trek reboot. With the new status quo firmly established, writer Mike Johnson and a team of artists are going to be taking the Enterprise and her crew into all-new directions, starting with a gender-flipped parallel universe. The two-part "Parallel Lives" debuted last week with Star Trek #29 and gives new readers a chance to take a tour with the finest crew in the fleet while seeing them in an all-new light.

We talked to Johnson and artist Yasmin Liang for more information about their two-part Trek adventure, and got an inside look at the ins-and-outs of how they approach working on a license with such heavy fan expectations.

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Everyone’s Favorite Horses Parody ‘Lord Of The Rings’ And ‘Star Trek’ In ‘My Little Pony’ #16 [Preview]

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Since you're reading this on the Internet, I'm going to go ahead and assume that there's a significant chance you've wondered what Star Trek would be like if the Enterprise was crewed by Rainbow Dash and Twilight Sparkle instead of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock. Well wonder no longer, friends and neighbors! In this week's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #16, Heather Nuhfer and Amy Mebberson are answering your crossover queries once and for all.

Trapped in a storybook with the actual stories devoured by the magical Bookworm, the Ponies are forced to make up their own stories, and so naturally, they turn to recreating Star Trek and Lord of the Rings. Apparently fanfic is magic, too. Check 'em out below!

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It’s a Biker Gang Beatdown In ‘Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two’ #2 [Preview]

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If catching Dredd cringe through traffic jams trapped in a civilian-grade car and dispatching perps with hilariously-nonlethal weaponry was your cup of tea in Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two #1 last month, you'll be pleased to know the ultimate comic book character culture-shock continues this week in issue #2 by writer Douglas Wolk, artist Ulises Farinas and colorist Ryan Hill. This time around Dredd's finally gotten his hands on a proper bike, but at the cost of going deep undercover to infiltrate some surprisingly talented biker gangs in the name of solid reality television. Oh, and justice?

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Why The Problem With Kids And Comics Goes Way Beyond That Powerpuff Girls Cover

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For the past week, a debate over a variant cover to IDW's Powerpuff Girls #6 has raged on the internet, seemingly dividing people into a "it's sexual and kids shouldn't see it" camp and "it's harmless and you're gross for thinking it's gross" camp.

The chief spokesman for the former camp, Dennis Barger, Jr. of WonderWorld Comics in Michigan, said the cover sexualized young girls and was just not appropriate for children, who are the future of the comics industry. He's got a point, but whether it's the Powerpuff Girls cover he should be going after is debatable.

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Duane Swierczynski On ‘Judge Dredd’: ‘The Ultimate Police Procedural’ [Interview]

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If you're a new fan of the future's toughest cop, IDW's ongoing Judge Dredd series has provided a pretty great place to jump on. In their ongoing story, Duane Swierczynski and Nelson Daniel have given readers a crash course in Dredd's future-shocking world, taking readers on a dizzying tour through Mega City One as it's attacked by renegade robots, murderous clones and more.

Now, with Judge Death and his genocidal, otherwordly cronies waiting in the wings to pronounce a death sentence on the city, I talked to Sweirczynski about his history with the character, his approach to making such a strange and complicated world friendly to new readers (while keeping it decidedly unfriendly to the people who actually live there) and why Judge Dredd is a lot like ROM: Spaceknight.

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Problematic ‘Powerpuff Girls’ Variant Cover Pulled By Cartoon Network

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A variant cover for a new issue of IDW Publishing's Powerpuff Girls comic book sparked a bit of a debate over its depiction of the titular, pint-sized heroines as young adults in revealing outfits and heavy makeup. Although the piece by Mimi Yoon was commissioned by PPG licensor Cartoon Network to be offered specifically to direct market comics shops as a collector's item -- as opposed to the "mass market" version for readers of all ages featuring a more traditional PPG cover -- the company has decided to cancel the variant over fans' and retailer concerns about its appropriateness.

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Best Sequential Art Ever (This Week): Wes Craig and Fiona Staples

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The comic book, animation, illustration, pinup, mashup, fan art and design communities are generating amazing artwork of myriad styles and tastes, all of which ends up on the Internet and filtered into ComicsAlliance’s Best Art Ever (This Week). The

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‘Doctor Who’ Moves From IDW To Titan Comics

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A new Doctor is taking over the TARDIS, and a new publisher is soon to start publishing Doctor Who comics.

IDW Publishing has held the license since 2008, and over the past six years the publisher has released an array of comics based on the new Doctor Who series, along with reprints of classic BBC Doctor Who comic strips. But the mantle has officially passed to Titan Comics -- the comics arm of Titan Books -- that will release stories based on the tenth, eleventh and twelfth Doctors this year.

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Hire This Woman: Writer Mairghread Scott

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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.”

This week we're talking to comics and animation writer Mairghread Scott, who is best known for her work on the Transformers property both at Hasbro and at IDW Publishing, where she became the first woman to write an official Transformers comic.

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Judge Dredd Heads West In ‘Mega City Two’ #1 [Preview]

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Next week, Judge Dredd is packing up his Lawgiver and scowling his way across the Cursed Earth for a visit to Mega City Two in the appropriately titled Judge Dredd: Mega City Two. The trip comes courtesy of writer (and former ComicsAlliance contributor) Douglas Wolk, artist (and current ComicsAlliance favorite) Ulises Farinas and colorist Ryan Hill, but it's hardly a vacation. Out of his element and as grumpy as ever, the story finds Dredd in the sprawling future version of Los Angeles, where every neighborhood has its own laws.

It's pretty exciting stuff from a long-time Dredd fan, but if you can't wait for Wednesday for the series' first issue, we have some good news: Check below for a preview!

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