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Did You Vote To Make America Great Again? Read These Comics Next

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Photo credit: NBC

Today is Inauguration Day, and Donald Trump is the 45th president of the United States. And really, it's obvious why he won. After eight years with one of the most qualified and accomplished presidents in generations, what America really needed was a vain, egotistical, thin-skinned braggart with a long history of bullying and abusive statements, absolutely no experience in public service, and a track record of astonishing failure.

If you voted to Make America Great Again, here are some comics to dig into while you wait for all those manufacturing jobs to come back, and for those pesky SJWs to finally be put in their place.

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The Secret History Of ‘My Little Pony’ Is Finally Being Unearthed In ‘My Little Pony: Legends Of Magic’ [Exclusive]

My Little Pony: Legends of Magic #1, IDW

All right, look: I will admit that I have spent a truly inadvisable amount of time trying to figure out how the world of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is supposed to work. I know, I know, but just trust me on this one, there's a complex cosmology at work there involving the manual rotation of planets and cross-dimensional magic -- and that's just the start of things. But just when I was ready to throw in the towel and give up, there is new hope.

In April, IDW is launching a new My Little Pony series, replacing Friends Forever with the all-new Legends of Magic, launching with a new story by Jeremy Whitley and Brenda Hickey. It's a series that promises to explore "the secret history of Equestria," and between that description and the fact that there's a variant cover depicting the modern-day ponies straight up unearthing cave paintings of their '80s cartoon counterparts, and I have never been more intrigued. Read on for the exclusive announcement and some thoughts from Whitley and Hickey!

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Alopex And Nobody Are Becoming Best Friends In IDW’s Upcoming ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ Titles

TMNT Universe #8, IDW

One of the standards I use to judge a comic is how much it makes me care about something I never thought I'd wind up so emotionally invested in. The all-time champ in this regard is, of course, Transformers: More Than Meets The Eye, where I was moved to tears by the romance between a flash drive and a talking car, but IDW's Teenage Mutant Nina Turtles is a close second for making me genuinely care about whether an Arctic fox named Alopex could truly find friendship in this cold, cruel world.

A lot of that had to do with the incredible art of Sophie Campbell on key moments in Alopex's stories, which is why I'm incredibly excited about the solcitations for IDW's upcoming TMNT titles, in which Campbell returns to Alopex and teams her up with the invisible hero Nobody for a camping trip that's almost certain to go bad. Check out the solicits below!

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The Early Turtle Gets The Wyrm In ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe’ #6 [Exclusive Preview]

Freddie E. Williams / IDW Publishing
Freddie E. Williams / IDW Publishing

It's been nearly five years since IDW's ground-up reinvention of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and the publisher's line of Turtle-based comics have stayed strong as one of the most innovative and exciting licensed properties on the shelves right now. One of the coolest things has been seeing a generation of creators who grew up on Turtles get their hands on the property and the new issue of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Universe sees Michelangelo getting involved in a missing person's case that leads to the discovery and debut of the semi-obscure villain Wyrm

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Rogues’ Gallery: The Transformers’ Top Ten Villains

Alex Milne / IDW
Alex Milne / IDW

A hero is defined by their villains, and comic books are filled with some of the scariest and silliest bad guys around. Rogues’ Gallery aims to settle the score and determine who is the true arch-nemesis for some of our favorite heroes, and we need your help to do it!

You voted to see who the ultimate Transformers villain was, and we’ve tabulated the results and assembled a video counting down the definitive top 10. Did your favorite make this list? There’s only one way to find out!

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Bizarro Back Issues: The Quest For The Moonpenguin! (1989)

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons #12, IDW

Despite its reputation as something that its players take very seriously and often get obsessed with --- occasionally to the point of falling in with actual demons and casting a mind-bondage spell on your father to get the latest manuals --- Dungeons & Dragons tends to flourish when it embraces its silliness. I mean, even at its most dire, even when the fate of the multiverse is in the balance, it's still the same game that brought you that most fearsome product of magic gone mad, the Owlbear.

Unfortunately, the fiction that goes along with it doesn't always have the same kind of jokes that you get when you're rolling dice around the table. That's why I appreciated "Catspaw," a four-part story from 1989's Advanced Dungeons & Dragons comic, in which the cast of hearty adventurers falls all over themselves and screws up constantly as they try to recover a mystical artifact known as... The Moonpenguin.

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Weekender: Phoenix Comic-Con, Ashanti Fortson, and ‘Lovers in the Garden’

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The weekend is here! Take a look back at what’s happened in the past seven days. New comics, new stories, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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Ask Chris #322: A Tail Of Two Splinters

Ask Chris #322, background art by Dan Duncan

Q: Which is the better version of Master Splinter: Hamato Yoshi's pet, or a mutated/reincarnated Hamato Yoshi himself? — @RandallJSanders

A: Okay, first things first: The history and minutiae of the Ninja Turtles are weird. By its very nature as a franchise that started out as a goofball parody drawn on a kitchen table over pizzas, and then became the breakout hit of the '80s black-and-white boom that then became Literally The Most Popular Thing In The World, and then became a tenured franchise that's spawned multiple iterations over the past 30 years, things get really complex, really quick when you start trying to figure out how it all works.

And for Splinter, that's even more true than it is for the Turtles themselves. As their mentor figure, the one who's responsible for handing down all the ninja knowledge that makes up a full quarter of their identities, his complications spring from an entirely different set of problems --- and that's before you start figuring out how a bunch of turtles wound up with a rat as their dad.

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ComicsAlliance’s Best of 2016: All The Winners

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We asked you to vote for the best comics, creators, and more in 2016, and over the last few weeks we’ve been sharing the results. Now you can check out all the winners in one place!

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Check Out Giannis Milonogiannis’s ‘GI Joe’ Sketchbook

GI Joe Sketchbook, art by Giannis Milonogiannis

This week saw the release of the all-new GI Joe series, and as part of their efforts to re-establish America's Daring, Highly Trained Special Missions Force as the Crown Jewel of the Hasbro Universe, IDW has done a lot of really interesting things. It's changed the lineup and pared it down to a core team and added a new member that... well, that you could only really have on a version of GI Joe that exists in a unified Hasbro universe with all the other toy comics surrounding it.

But one of the most impressive things about the new series is that it features the art of Giannis Milonogiannis, who --- paired with writer Aubrey Sitterson --- has given GI Joe the kind of look that I'm not sure it's ever had before. It's a completely new take on the the aesthetic of ninja-based military fantasy. Now, Milonogiannis has released an 18-page sketchbook that features pages from the first issue, and his character designs for Scarlett, Shipwreck, Rock 'n' Roll, and more.

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