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Brock Otterbacher Talks About Mondo’s Figure Future and TMNT Love

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In recent months, commemorative poster-creating powerhouse Mondo has expanded its reach to more realms of film-inspired memorabilia. While the Austin-based company has been pumping out vinyl soundtracks, VHS re-releases and clothing options, to name a few, Mondo has only just begun dipping its toes into the figure and statue game. However, this year at San Diego Comic-Con, Mondo made a big splash, offering early looks at a variety of new comic and movie-based pieces inspired by some of the most iconic characters and creators of our generation.

We spoke with Mondo's Creative Director of Toys and Collectibles, Brock Otterbacher, about the company's fresh slate of offerings, and how he hoped to stand out in an ever-crowding market. With new items based on Hellboy and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles on the way, Mondo is clearly setting the bar high for itself. Factor in the wealth of artists and creatives at Mondo's disposal, and you have a company that seems poised to make a major dent in the collectible space (and wallets) in 2015 and beyond.

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The Harpy Agenda Amplifies Diverse Intersectional Voices in Comics

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On July 13, comics creators Shing Yin Kor and Taneka Stotts awarded the first Harpy Agenda Microgrant to J.A. Micheline for her sharp critique of the controversial first issue of the Boom Studios miniseries Strange Fruit by Mark Waid and J.G. Jones III. Kor took a moment to answer a few questions about the new initiative.

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Tilda Swinton Explains Why She’s “Really, Really, Really Excited” to Star in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

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We spoke to Tilda Swinton while she was doing press for Trainwreck, and she confirmed that she is officially signed on to play The Ancient One in Marvel's 'Doctor Strange', and talked about why she's “really, really, really excited” to be working in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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The Original Secret Avengers Return: Tom Taylor on ‘Agents of Atlas’ [Interview]

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What if The Avengers formed a decade earlier, before Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and their fellow writers and artists at Marvel Comics had created Thor, Iron Man, The Hulk, Ant-Man and The Wasp? Before there even was a Marvel Comics?

This was an idea explored in a classic What If, revived for the 2006 Agents of Atlas, and revived again for Secret Wars in October, Jimmy Woo, Namora, Marvel Boy, Gorilla-Man, Venus and M-11 the Human Robot, are returning in one of the domains of Secret Wars' Battleworld in the upcoming Secret Wars: Agents of Atlas. We spoke with writer Tom Taylor and editor Mark Paniccia about what we can look forward to.

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Sith Happens: Gillen and Aaron Talk Up ‘Vader Down’ [Interview]

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Darth Vader — the most dangerous man in the galaxy — crashes on an alien planet and the entirety of the Rebel forces will stop at nothing to take him out. That's the pitch for "Vader Down," the new story coming this fall to both the Darth Vader and Star Wars comic series from Marvel. Announced during Saturday's Cup O' Joe panel from Marvel chief creative officer Joe Quesada, the six-part crossover kicks off in its own giant-sized #1 issue and then continues across the two titles, with art from Mike Deodato and Salvador Larroca and covers by Mark Brooks.

ComicsAlliance chatted with 'Vader Down' writers Kieron Gillen and Jason Aaron about what makes Vader tick; the promise of sweet, sweet droid fights; and the mechanics of lining up the crossover the galaxy has been waiting for.

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She Has A New Hat: North, Henderson and Moss Talk the New ‘Unbeatable Squirrel Girl’ #1 [Exclusive]

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It feels like just a few short months ago that Marvel's series Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by writer Ryan North and artist Erica Henderson launched to near-universal acclaim and widespread popularity. That's because it was just a few months ago. It launched in January.

But hey, guess what? As revealed on Sunday at the Women of Marvel panel at San Diego Comic-Con, the series is starting anew in October! But don't worry; it'll look much the same as it did. The creative team will still be there, editor Wil Moss will still be steering the ship, and all your favorite characters will stick around!

So what's changing, besides Squirrel Girl now being a card-carrying member of the Avengers? We talked to North, Henderson and Moss to get to the bottom of this relaunch, to ask about some of her future enemies, and to find out how similar Squirrel Girl is to the greatest work of our time, Saved by the Bell.

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Laugh It Up, Fuzzball: Gerry Duggan Talks ‘Chewbacca’

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He's tall, dark and shaggy, and this fall, he's finally getting his due. One of Marvel's Star Wars surprises at SDCC this weekend was the announcement of a five-issue miniseries focusing on everybody's favorite Wookiee co-pilot/walking carpet, Chewbacca, from Deadpool and upcoming Uncanny Avengers writer Gerry Duggan and Black Widow and Infinite Horizon artist Phil Noto.

ComicsAlliance chatted with Duggan about Chewbacca, collaboration and the canonicity of the Star Wars Holiday Special.

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True Blue, Part Seven: San Diego Comic-Con Special Edition

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Welcome to the seventh 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. This week, we're digging even deeper with more details about the future of Archie Action, Mega Man and Sonic Boom straight from San Diego Comic-Con.

Previously in "Worlds Unite," our heroes had been searching for Sigma and his hideout, Lost Hex. The group, traveling aboard Sky Patrol, had been searching the area Wily and Eggman directed them to, and were met with swift resistance from Sigma's new robot army. Fortunately, the team of Freedom Fighters and Robot Masters makes short work of the mechanized opposition, but the Deadly Six prove to be a bit more trouble than expected. Even as defeat loomed, the Zeti were able to overcome the odds and take control of Mega Man and his friends to do the fighting for them.

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There’s No Such Thing As An Ending: Paul Tobin Unveils ‘Mystery Girl’ [Exclusive]

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This week at Comic-Con International, Dark Horse announced a new project from writer Paul Tobin and artist Alberto Albuquerque: Mystery Girl, a new ongoing series about a girl who knows everything. Her name is Trine Hampstead, and if you ask her a question, any question, no matter how big or small, she'll know the answer. As you might expect, she puts her skills to good use as a detective, but there's a catch: She doesn't know anything about her own past.

The first issue of the book will hit stands in December, but to get the answers to a few of the mysteries about the series itself, ComicsAlliance spoke exclusively to Tobin about where he and Albuquerque will take the series in its first arc, the push for world-traveling adventure, and how it all starts with a frozen mammoth.

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Tokyopop Is Poised to Return, But Should Creators Take a Chance?

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Tokyopop is back. The manga publisher, known for its rapid rise and subsequent implosion in the early 2000s, announced a new push toward active business at Anime Expo on July 2. Tokyopop founder Stu Levy (also known as DJ Milky) led a panel that unveiled an ad-supported comics app called Pop Comics and unspecified plans to return to manga publishing in 2016.

The response from creators who have been published by Tokyopop was… let’s call it “less than enthusiastic”:

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