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Turn The Screw: John Barber, James Roberts, And Mairghread Scott On The New Post-‘Revolution’ Transformers [SDCC 2016]

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For those of us who have been waiting thirty years for MASK, Transformers, GI Joe and a handful of other Hasbro properties to be thrown into the same universe, but it raises a lot of questions about what it's going to mean for the books that have been around for a while once the big Revolution event happens. For the Transformers especially, the franchise at the center of the action, there are a lot of questions about how it all ties together.

Now, with IDW revealing their post-Revolution plans at San Diego Comic-Con, we've got some answers from Optimus Prime writer John Barber, Transformers: Lost Light writer James Roberts, and Transformers: Til All Are One writer Mairghread Scott. Read on for their thoughts on integrating their complicated history into a new universe, the metaphors behind Cybertronian politics, and whether Roberts feels bad for making me cry about Chromedome and Rewind.

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Star Wars Rebels’ Sam Witwer and Tiya Sircar Ponder the Futures of Darth Maul and Sabine at SWCE [Interview]

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This fall, Star Wars Rebels returns to the air after one of the most spectacular finales in Star Wars television history. There are a lot of questions hanging in the air about the fates of Ezra, Kanan, Hera, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper, as well as the forces of evil potentially driving them apart, like Darth Maul. We got a sneak peek of the upcoming season at Star Wars Celebration Europe, and it only intensified our desire to learn more about what's in store for our favorite characters.

We caught up with stars Sam Witwer (Darth Maul) and Tiya Sircar (Sabine) after checking out the premiere to talk about the futures of their respective characters, and what it's like having to keep so many secrets for so long.

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Margaret Trauth Unravels the Code for ‘Decrypting Rita’ [Back Pages]

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Decrypting Rita is a singular vision for what comics can be. The invention of Margaret Trauth, this story of a lesbian robot whose perception of reality slips across multiple dimensions is highlighted by a bizarre, incredible, all-digital artistic style that throws you straight into the story without any excuses, hand-holding, or frills. This is pure glossy adrenaline, with a story that unravels and unfolds in unstoppable, unpredictable, yet memorable fashion. It's utterly fantastic work, and Trauth is currently running a Kickstarter to help fund the third and final volume.

As the Kickstarter wings towards the funding target, Trauth spoke to Back Pages about her inspirations and aspirations for the story, and offers some in-depth advice for anybody who might be considering crowdfunding themselves. Get ready for a lesson in how to do it, everyone.

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Hasbro’s Steve Evans Talks About the Difficult Alchemy of Action Figures at SWCE

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This past year has been a massive one for Hasbro's Star Wars lines. From the collector favorite Star Wars Black Series to the 3.75" figures and everything in between, you can hardly find a Hasbro aisle anywhere in the country that isn't jammed with figures from a galaxy far, far away. While at Star Wars Celebration Europe this past weekend, we caught up Steve Evans, design director for Hasbro's Star Wars figures, to talk about what's new, what's coming, and how Hasbro plans on keeping the line fresh headed into Rogue One later this year.

We also have some new images of the upcoming Black Series wave, due to arrive later this fall, along with new 3.75" figures and vehicles featuring your favorite Star Wars Rebels characters.

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Dick Grayson’s Post-College Homecoming: Tim Seeley Talks ‘Nightwing’ [Interview]

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Dick Grayson has had a pretty interesting couple of years. He had his identity exposed, he faked his death, he went undercover as an international super-spy in an organization dedicated to finding out other heroes' secret identities and weaknesses, and he even taught a few classes in gymnastics. But for Batman's first partner, that's the superheroic equivalent of going off to college.

Now, he's donning the mask once again and returning to his former codename, and with Nightwing: Rebirth on shelves this week, ComicsAlliance spoke to writer Tim Seeley about the challenge of moving Dick back into his familiar identity, the metaphor behind his return to Gotham City, and just why it is that the first arc of the new series is called "Better Than Batman."

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LeSean Thomas Talks ‘Cannon Busters,’ Working With Joe Mad, And The Importance of Seeing Black Characters in Fantasy

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LeSean Thomas is back with the pilot to his planned animated series, Cannon Busters. The show, which premiered for Kickstarter backers this past Friday, follows a robot named S.A.M.; an outdated maintenance service droid by the name of Casey, and a man on the run, aka Philly The Kid. Together, they travel to help S.A.M. reunite with her best friend, who also happens to be a prince.

Thomas spoke with ComicsAlliance on what viewers can expect from Cannon Busters, working with Joe Mad, and why he chose a black woman as the lead character.

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The Editors of ‘Ladies Night’ Invite you to ‘Eat It Up’ [Back Pages]

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Ladies' Night is a comics book club for women that grew into a collective determined to make their own comics. That vision was realized in the form of a series of anthologies, with three volumes currently in print. Now the fourth Ladies' Night anthology is raising money on Kickstarter. The project is a huge undertaking, and one that has built up a dedicated and passionate following. Back Pages spoke to editors Lauren Burke, Megan Byrd, Summer Sparacin and Caitlin Rosberg about what to expect from volume four, "Eat it Up!"

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Five Stars: How Declan Shalvey Went From ‘Hero Killers’ to Writing Nick Fury

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Five Stars is a new interview feature in which Steve Morris looks back over an artist's career by discussing five of their milestone works. We kick off the series with an interview with Declan Shalvey.

Throughout his career, Shalvey has chosen his projects carefully, and moved between creator-owned projects and work-for-hire in a way that has made him one of the most impressive and prolific artists of his generation.

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More Conman Than Magician: Simon Oliver And Moritat On ‘The Hellblazer’ [Interview]

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John Constantine's transition back into the DC Universe has been a bit of a rocky road over the past six years, but recently a balance has been struck and the cheeky and charming conjurer now feels at home once again among the likes of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman.

This month Constantine returns in a brand new ongoing series The Hellblazer by Simon Oliver and Moritat, launching with The Hellblazer: Rebirth #1. The new series sees John return to Great Britain and come face to face with literal demons from his past. ComicsAlliance chatted with the creative team about their plans for Constantine's return home, and Oliver's enduring hatred of the man the character is based on.

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Rick Remender And Matteo Scalera On The Multiversal Journey Of Redemption In ‘Black Science’ [Interview]

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Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera's Black Science is one of the most inventive and gloriously bonkers ongoing series on the shelves right now, but it also has one of the biggest hearts and a truly resonant emotional impact.

The series follows anarchist scientist Grant McKay searching for a way home after being trapped with his children and crew in the strange alternate worlds of The Eververse. To mark the series' return to shelves today with Black Science #22, ComicsAlliance caught up with Remender and Scalera for an in-depth talk about the series so far, the fears and anxieties that inspired it, and of course, complex multiversal theory.

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