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Masked Robots and Super-Cavemen: Jeff Parker Talks ‘Future Quest’ [Interview]

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Future Quest has been one of the most fun comics of 2016 so far, re-introducing the classic Hanna-Barbera adventure characters and drawing them into one epic story as they battle an immense extra-dimensional monster known as Omnicron.

Future Quest #4 out this Wednesday, August 31, features the introduction of Mightor by series writer Jeff Parker and artist Evan "Doc" Shaner, as well as Frankenstein Jr. courtesy of guest artist Ron Randall. ComicsAlliance sat down with Parker to talk about time/space weirdness, the challenges of fleshing out kids' cartoon characters, and why a robot would wear a mask.

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Far From Home, But Not Running Away: Hope Larson Talks ‘Batgirl’

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Hope Larson has taken on a difficult task in writing Batgirl, and taking the book in a totally different direction from the wildly popular "Burnside" run by Cameron Stewart, Brenden Fletcher, and Babs Tarr that ended prior to DC Rebirth.

Her first two issues, illustrated by Rafael Albuquerque, follow Barbara Gordon on a trip to Japan to meet an elderly female hero, and then to Singapore to study mixed martial arts. With last week's release of Batgirl #2, ComicsAlliance spoke to Larson about getting to grips with the character and the challenges of taking Barbara in a new direction.

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A Break From The Usual Skullduggery: John Ostrander On ‘Suicide Squad: War Crimes’ [Interview]

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Now, with a Suicide Squad movie in theaters and the team more prominent than ever in comics, Ostrander is returning to the Squad for War Crimes, a one-shot that pits everyone's favorite villains against a team of heroes on the wrong side of one of Amanda Waller's plans.

To find out more, ComicsAlliance spoke to Ostrander about his long history with the Squad, his return to the franchise in 2007, and that one weird character he killed off towards the end.

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Nice Guy Putty Patrollers: James Kochalka Talks ‘Power Rangers Annual 2016′

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If you had told me five years ago that we would one day get a comic where James Kochalka explored the inner desires of the Putty Patrollers and their eternal conflict with the Power Rangers, I would've said that you were living in a world of dreams that was but gossamer. And yet, here we are. Tomorrow, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Annual 2016 hits shelves from Boom Studios, and along with other stories, like an origin for Goldar and a brand-new Bulk and Skull adventure, that's exactly what we're getting.

Clearly, this is something we needed to know more about, so ComicsAlliance spoke briefly to Kochalka about why he decided to put the spotlight on the Rangers' faceless foes. Check it out, along with an exclusive preview of his story!

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Kate-mia White Explores the Shadows of ‘A Dark Forest’ [Back Pages]

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Leeds-based cartoonist Kate-mia White has been working on a fairytale, a hand-crafted comic set into seven fantastical parts. A Dark Forest is the story of Elizabeth, a young woman who lives with her family in a small house in a tiny village. However, Elizabeth starts to wonder why everyone around her is acting so strangely, and it turns out that her sister, Grace, has a bit of a secret --- and everybody else in the village is suspicious.

Now running a Kickstarter for the third issue of the series, White takes elements of folk tradition, myth, and dark fantasy and blends them into a unique, wonderful narrative. Completely hand-made --- every issue is hand-bound --- the sheer level of craft on display with this project is absolutely amazing. A Dark Forest is illustrated in keen detail, with a slowly unravelling narrative that feels like a fresh take on the classic fairytale. Back Pages spoke to White to learn more.

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Down the Cracks of the DC Universe with Garth Ennis and Russ Braun in ‘Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard Travelin’ Heroz’ [Interview]

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It’s not easy being a superhero. Your allies all talk in catchphrases, your best friend is into dog-on-person action, and racism still hasn’t been solved despite Green Lantern and Green Arrow giving it their best shot.

But hope springs eternal, and now the DC Universe’s most... somethingest heroes are stepping up to the plate in the Hitman spinoff mini series Sixpack & Dogwelder: Hard Travelin' Heroz. ComicsAlliance spoke with artist Russ Braun and writer Garth Ennis about what to expect from this latest return to the grungier side of superheroism.

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Diving Into The Canvas: W. Maxwell Prince And Martin Morazzo On ‘The Electric Sublime’

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Art crime strikes in The Electric Sublime, a new comic due out this fall from writer W. Maxwell Prince, artist Martín Morazzo, and colorist Mat Lopes. At the center of the story are Margot Breslin, head of the Bureau of Artistic Integrity, and Arthur Brut, a mentally unstable consultant who interacts with art in ways nobody else can. Together they're investigating an escalating series of events involving famous works of art inexplicably changing, and people reacting even more inexplicably.

We talked to Prince and Morazzo about art, mental illness, and what we can expect from The Electric Sublime.

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Too Crazy For The Show: Derek Charm On Drawing ‘The Powerpuff Girls’ In Comics

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The city of Townsville is home to three of pop culture's greatest superheroines, and with their return to television with a new series last year, it was only a matter of time before The Powerpuff Girls made it back to comics. Now the newly redesigned Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup are taking center stage in comics once again in a new series from show writers Haley Mancini and Jake Goldman, and artist Derek Charm.

But with a show that's been as visually driven as PPG, there are a lot of challenges to bringing it to the page. I spoke to Charm about his connection with the show, the challenges of what he's drawing, and how the comics are coming from a much stranger place than the show.

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Scandal, Power & Intrigue In Robin Hoelzemann’s ‘Curia Regis’ [Back Pages]

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Robin Hoelzemann's webcomic Curia Regis has been running since 2010, an 18th century battle of wits (and sometimes weapons) centered on a power vacuum that can only be resolved when someone ascends to the throne. Whether that person deserves the throne is not important; the kingdom needs a regent!

As Hoelzemann brings the series to Kickstarter to seek a print release of the first volume, Back Pages spoke to her about how the story came about, and how she keeps up her weekly routine of comics intrigue.

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Czap Books To Publish New Comics by Kwang, Suburbia and Zabarsky [Back Pages]

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Czap Books is a new micropublisher from America, founded by Kevin Czapiewski. The goal of Czap is simple: to bring new works to print, and get notable comics in the hands of people who are going to love them.

The 2017 line consists of Witchlight by Jessi Zabarsky, Don't Tell Me Not To Worry (I'll Worry All I Want) by Kelly Kwang, and Egg Creme #1 by Liz Suburbia, and Czap has taken to Kickstarter to fund the line, and has already hit the funding target of $12,500. That's an impressive feat, and testament to the drawing power of the three cartoonists. Czap Books has huge plans for the coming years, and this Kickstarter is just the start of it. Back Pages spoke to Czapiewski about the publisher's plans and what to expect for the future.

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