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Mairghread Scott Talks ‘Saber Rider And The Star Sheriffs’ [Interview]

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With her work on Transformers: Windblade, Toil and Trouble, and a pretty great backup story in Power Rangers, Mairghread Scott has become a creator that I'll follow to any project that she decides to write --- and now, that means that I'm about to become very familiar with Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs. Based on an anime series imported to America in the mid '80s, the series is returning in comics form courtesy of Lion Forge, with Scott writing and Sendol Arts providing art.

To find out more, ComicsAlliance spoke to Scott about her approach to recreating the series for new fans, how each character was rebuilt, how the Star Sheriffs stack up against the Power Rangers' Zords, and why communication is the key to surviving a firefight.

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‘Breakfast Club’ Meets ‘Pacific Rim': Jarrett Williams Talks ‘Hyper Force Neo’ [Interview]

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Jarrett Williams has an enthusiasm for comics that comes through in everything he does, whether it's tabling at conventions or crafting high-energy action stories on the comics page. It's that enthusiasm that's made me a fan of his, and when I found out that he was doing a new series about a Super Sentai-esque team of teenagers in giant robots fighting aliens in the future, "excited" doesn't really cover it. That book is Hyper Force Neo, and in April, the oversized 48-page first issue is hitting stands from Z2 Comics to start a brand-new ongoing series.

To find out more, I spoke to Williams about his influences for the title, how a trip to Hong Kong helped to shape the future that he presents, and why Hyper Force Neo actually has a little bit in common with Richie Rich. He also offered us a look at the story's roots in his teenage sketchbook!

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Fantastic Five: Best Goofballs

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned from our years on the Internet, it’s that there’s no aspect of comics that can’t be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of five or ten. And since there’s no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we’re taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

Even though comics as a form of entertainment are almost synonymous with jokes and making people laugh, modern comic books have stayed far away from comedy for the most part. And I mean, really far away. But there are still some characters and creators out there that remind us that it's okay for comics to make us smile every now and then.

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Press Gang Announces ‘Sun Bakery’ By Corey Lewis, Calling It ‘A One-Man Shonen Jump’

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I don't want to call it a comeback, but Corey Lewis is set to have a pretty interesting year. Not only is he providing art for IDW's GI Joe: Deviations, in which in which he's given Cobra Commander the most sinister redesign in years, but today, Alternative Comics launched its new Press Gang imprint by announcing Sun Bakery, a bimonthly anthology series from Lewis that they're describing as a "one-man Shonen Jump," debuting in April.

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Weekender: Ben Hatke, ‘Baker Street Peculiars’, and Memoirs of a ‘2000 AD’ Editor

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What a week! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sit back and read some comics. The weekend is finally here, and the world can relax and rest once more --- but the comics industry has been busy too, you know, and the last seven days have seen a flurry of comics-based news and announcements fly past at high speed.

ComicsAlliance have got your back, though: when it comes to comics, we never slow down, and so here’s a look back and just what’s been going on. New comics, new stories, new hirings, new podcasts, new art being made --- it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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Smut Peddler’s Dirty Double Header is Kickstarted and Coming Soon

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C. Spike Trotman's Iron Circus Comics has already successfully funded a newly launched third Smut Peddler Kickstarter, but it's not too late to get in on the rewards. The earlier Kickstarters, in 2012 and 2014, enabled the publication of two Smut Peddler anthologies, adding up to more than 600 pages of porn and erotica comics.

The current Kickstarter project is somewhat different, however. The funding will enable Trotman to publish two new books under the Smut Peddler banner: My Monster Boyfriend and Yes, Roya.

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‘Lucha Underground’ Has Launched A Comic Book, And You Can Read It Online For Free!

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Lucha Underground is probably the single best superhero show on television. Seriously, I don't mean that in the usual "pro wrestling is like superheroes" sort of way where you talk about larger-than-life characters battling their way through morality plays. I mean that it's a pro wrestling promotion with a complex continuity that involves a dragon that has taken human form, an avatar of death fighting an avatar of life, and a long-running plot about Seven Ancient Aztec Medallions that will give you the power to rival the gods themselves. The season ends with someone turning into a spaceship to return to their home in the stars. It's not about superheroes in the way that Monday Night Raw is about "superheroes," it's about superheroes in the way that Legends of Tomorrow is about superheroes.

So while I'm definitely glad to see it happen, it's not entirely surprising that they're promoting the start of the second season by branching out into comics. What is surprising, though, is that you can read the entire full-length comic for free.

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Lion Forge Launches ‘Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs’ From Mairghread Scott And Sendol Arts

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I am a person who somehow knows all the lyrics to the theme song from Bionic Six --- currently taking up valuable memory space that could be used for literally anything else --- so as you can imagine, it's not every day that I come across a cartoon from the late '80s that I have never even heard of before. But today, friends, was the day I found out about Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs.

Adapted from Japan's Star Musketeer Bismarck by the same company that brought Voltron to America, Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs was apparently about spacefaring cowboys who defend the frontier of the future from interdimensional conquerors called Outriders. And if you're like me and you missed it the first time around, here's some good news: Lion Forge is bringing it back in March as a comic from Mairghread Scott and Sendol Arts, and you can check out a preview right here!

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Chaos on the Dance Floor in ‘Welcome to Showside’ #3 [Preview]

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Tomorrow sees the release of Welcome to Showside #3, the latest chapter of Bravest Warrior artist Ian McGinty's creator-owned series about easygoing Kit and his friends defending their town from demons and monsters.

This issue tells the story of a school dance, which aspiring sorceress Moon drags Belle and Kit to with the hope of having a relaxing evening. And in the preview pages, that seems to be what they have. This being Welcome to Showside, some manner of demons or monsters will inevitably show up (judging by the cover, probably zombies?), but at least the kids get some dancing in before that happens.

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Weekender: Jewel Kats, Yifan Ling, and ‘The Portrait of Sal Pullman’

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What a week! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sit back and read some comics. The weekend is finally here, and the world can relax and rest once more — but the comics industry has been busy too, and the last seven days have seen a flurry of comics-based news and announcements fly past at high speed. ComicsAlliance has got your back; when it comes to comics, we never slow down, so here’s a look back and just what’s been going on.

New comics, new stories, new hirings, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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