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Enrica Jang Headlines the 27 Club for Red Stylo’s Latest Anthology [Back Pages]

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Twenty-Seven has become a legendary, tragic haunting number in the world of music over the years, as a number of the brightest and most talented artists to ever take to the stage all sadly passed away at that young age. From Jimi Hendrix to Amy Winehouse, Robert Johnson to Richey Edwards, the age has become synonymous with loss. For that very reason, 'The 27 Club' has reached a kind of mythic quality over time, with scholars, fans and artists all considering just what resulted in so many lights being extinguished so early in their careers.

It's also the focus of Red Stylo's fifth Kickstarter anthology in five years, 27, A Comic Anthology. Jumping deep into the mythos of the 27 Club thanks to editor Enrica Jang and a huge collection of writers and artists, the anthology will features stories about Hendrix, Joplin, Cobain, Jones and more. It's an intriguing premise for a comics anthology, so ComicsAlliance spoke to Jang about how she conceived it, and her plans for the book.

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True Blue, Part Four: Worlds Unite, Dogs and Cats Fusing Together, Mass Hysteria

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Welcome to the third installment of True Blue, our weekly recap of Archie Comics‘ crossover event between the Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man series, “Worlds Unite.” Each installment, we’ll recap the notable moments of the latest chapter in “Worlds Unite” with Archie Action Editor Vincent Lovallo, and take a look at what lies ahead for the next chapter of the crossover event.

It all started with Sigma escaping from the future of 21XX, and it's been tough sledding for both Sonic and Mega Man during "Worlds Unite." Sigma eluded Mega Man X and his Maverick Hunters just as they finally tracked him down, and using the Genesis Portals, Sigma was able to relocate to Eggman's hideout on Lost Hex in the Sonic Universe. Once there, he took form in a new robot body, and immediately put Eggman and a displaced Dr. Wily to work building an army. Sigma's plan was to unite the universes of Sonic and Mega Man so he could evolve into something significantly more powerful. However, Eggman and Wily convinced Sigma to "recruit" Sonic and Mega Man into his army, all with the intention of betraying Sigma the first chance they had. It wasn't an easy process, but the heroes were eventually converted to evil, and sent to conquer Mega City and Mobotropolis for the impending invasion.

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When Sonny Liew Dons the Helmet of Dr Fate, Weird Stuff Happens [Interview]

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This week sees a new hero leap weirdly into the DC Universe, as Khalid Nassour finds himself in a desperate flooding city that has no future unless he puts on the ominous helmet of Dr Fate and gets mystical. In the hands of creative team of Paul Levitz, Sonny Liew and Lee Loughridge, the first issue of the new series is a bold, bizarre and brilliant new angle on DC’s superhero canon, throwing the traditional origin story into an off-kilter direction.

When the book was first announced by DC, one of the big surprises was the news that Liew, best known for his work on stories like The Shadow Hero with Gene Luen Yang at First Second, was making the move into work-for-hire heroes. With the first issue now on the shelves, we spoke to Liew about how he got involved with the series, how he views Khalid’s world, and also the recent whirlwind created around his creator-owned project The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye.

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Irene Koh & Mariko Tamaki on IDW’s ‘Casey & April’: Alone in the Desert, Alone in the Car

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This Wednesday, IDW will put out the first issue of Casey & April: a miniseries that takes April O'Neil and Casey Jones out the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' supporting cast, and sends them on a road trip of love. Bringing Mariko Tamaki in to script on a huge, established franchise, and giving Irene Koh a chance to reprise her joyful turn on Batgirl's Secret Origins, makes this book a real prospect for excitement. I spoke to both ladies--alarming them at first with lewdness and high nerdery, but I think they warmed to me eventually. Dig in, and enjoy the exclusive preview afterwards!

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The Women of ‘Dirty Diamonds’ Shine a Light on ‘Beauty’ for Latest Anthology [Back Pages]

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Based in Philadelphia, the all-female Dirty Diamonds comics collective has spent the last few years putting out a series of anthologies filled with real-life, autobiographical stories centered around a single theme each time. Past anthologies have been on the topics "alcohol" or "jobs", for example, with open submission calls sent out for female writers/artists to submit their pitches.

It's been a tremendous success so far, to the extent that editors Claire Folkman and Kelly Phillips are this year bringing out anthology number six for Dirty Diamonds. Six! This time the theme is "Beauty", and the pair have now come to Kickstarter to fund the print run. To find out more --- and to share a look at some of the comics that will be featured --- ComicsAlliance spoke to Kelly and Claire about the project.

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True Blue, Part Three: Slugging It Out For the Unified Title

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Welcome to the third installment of True Blue, our weekly recap of Archie Comics‘ crossover event between the Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man series, “Worlds Unite.” Each installment, we’ll recap the notable moments of the latest chapter in “Worlds Unite” with Archie Action Editor Vincent Lovallo, and take a look at what lies ahead for the next chapter of the crossover event.

When last we left off, Sonic and Mega Man had been captured by Sigma, and transformed by Dr. Wily and Eggman into soldiers for Sigma's world-conquering army. None of the other heroes of Sonic's or Mega Man's worlds have noticed anything amiss, until strange new enemies appear, laying waste to anyone and anything in their paths.

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Illustrator Ryan Lang Makes His Comics Debut in ‘Legends Of The Guard’

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Earlier this week we ran an exclusive preview of Legends of the Guard #4, the final installment of the latest collection of short stories told by amazing creators in the world of David Petersen's Mouse Guard. One of the standouts among the many stories told through the three volumes of the anthology is Ryan Lang's "The Watcher's Stone," a moving and inventive ten-page story.

Lang is completely new to comics, but he's an accomplished freelance illustrator and animator whose credits include work on last year's Disney animated movie Big Hero 6. ComicsAlliance spoke briefly to Lang about his artistic process and how he came to Legends of the Guard.

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Exclusive: Tyson Hesse Take to the Skies with ‘Diesel’ [Interview]

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Boom Box, the imprint from Boom Studios that encourages creators to let loose with their wildest ideas, has been on an incredible roll recently. New comics from artists and writers like Noelle Stevenson, John Allison, Ryan North, and Jake Lawrence have seen the imprint go from strength to strength, in many cases taking some of the best webcomics talents out there and bringing them into print. That streak looks set to continue, as ComicsAlliance can exclusively announce that webcomic creator Tyson Hesse will brings his series Diesel to Boom for a four-issue miniseries in September.

The story of a young girl and her airship, the series follows Dee Diesel in a coming-of-age story set high up in the skies. The daughter of a world-famous pilot, she's grounded when her greatest rival takes her father's airships and zips off into the clouds. All seems lost until, from nowhere, a mysterious new ship crashes down in front of her and offers her the chance to fly. It's a beautiful, brilliant story, and ComicsAlliance got to speak to Hesse about how it got off the ground.

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True Blue, Part Two: Mega Man, Sonic and Life in the Sticks

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Welcome to the second installment of True Blue, our weekly recap of Archie Comics‘ crossover event between the Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man series, “Worlds Unite.” Each installment, we’ll recap the notable moments of the latest chapter in “Worlds Unite” with Archie Action Editor Vincent Lovallo, and take a look at what lies ahead for the next chapter of the crossover event.

The two comic franchises had crossed over once before a few years ago in "Worlds Collide," with the after effects of that event reverberating through the Sonic Universe ever since. Mega Man has had his own troubles though, even if his universe hadn't been quite as devastated by the Super Genesis Wave. In fact, most of the characters in Mega Man comics don't even remember anything about "Worlds Collide."

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Black Comics Month Grows, Includes Special Edition NYC Panel

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VixenVarsity.com is a fascinating site full of instructive "courses" on a wide range of topics, and site creator MizCaramelVixen has a passion for comics and a lot of thoughts about diversity in the industry, which she's spun into posts, a hashtag, and a website under the banner BlackComicsMonth (which is every month).

This weekend, MizCaramelVixen can be seen at the first ever Black Comics Month panel on Saturday at 1:15pm in Theater 2 during Special Edition NYC. We sat down with her to discuss the motivations behind BlackComicsMonth, what people can expect from the panel, and the next steps in her diversity campaign.

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