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Interview: The Stars of Valiant’s ‘Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe’ Swing for the Fences [NYCC 2016]

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After weeks of hinting at a top secret project with fan-favorite actors Michael Rowe and Jason David Frank, Valiant Entertainment finally pulled back the curtain on Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe at New York Comic Con. The first trailer for the upcoming digital series brought out the first appearances of familiar Valiant characters like Ninjak and Bloodshot, but we also got glimpses at Archer and Armstrong, X-O Manowar, and the villain of the first season, Roku.

Developed by Valiant Digital in conjunction with Bat in the Sun --- they of the Super Power Beat Down --- Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe isn't set to arrive until 2017, but we had a chance to chat with some of the stars at NYCC to learn more about breaking new ground and setting the pace for Valiant's live-action efforts.

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Fitting It All Together: Arvind Ethan David Talks Navigating Dirk Gently’s Multi-Media Adventures

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This autumn, the universe's most inefficient sleuth will move into a new medium, as Dirk Gently becomes the animated hero of the BBC America/Netflix TV series Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency.

ComicsAlliance had the chance to speak with Arvind Ethan David, who is both the author of the IDW Dirk Gently comic series and, as a partner in Ideate Media, intimately involved in the upcoming TV adaptation. The conversation was lively and far-ranging, touching on subjects including Douglas Adams' ongoing influence in popular culture, Dirk Gently's enduring appeal, and David's personal connection to the character and property.

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IDW Is Bringing Suriano And Chapman’s ‘Cosmic Scoundrels’ To Print

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Cosmic Scoundrels is one of those comics where everything about it is the best thing about it. Created a few years ago by Homestar Runner co-creator Matt Chapman and Samurai Jack artist Andy Suriano, the series follows the adventures of two spacefaring crooks who find themselves dealing with intergalactic hijinx that --- according to the creators - are inspired by nothing so much as '70s cosmic superheroes, 2000 AD, and blacklight posters.

Until now, the series has been running as an irregularly updated webcomic, but this week, IDW announced that it had picked up the series for a print release starting next year, complete with new content that's exclusive to the print versions. We checked in with Andy Suriano to learn about his artistic approach to this cosmic world, and the weird ideas that have shaped it.

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Tom Gauld On ‘Mooncop’, His Melancholy Comedy About A Cop On The Moon [Interview]

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British cartoonist Tom Gauld's new graphic novel Mooncop imagines an actualization of the lunar colony concept of moonshot-era pop culture as it might be if the colony had followed the path of our collective gradual disenchantment with space. Gauld employs his signature simple style in service of a story that is at once an accomplished work of deadpan comedy and a meditation on the passage of time. ComicsAlliance spoke to to Gauld about his inspiration and his work.

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The Best Stories From 2000 Issues Of ‘2000 AD,’ From The Editors That Brought You Thrillpower [Sci-Fi Week]

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With 2000 AD hitting its monumental 2000th issue today, there's no better time to look back on the history of the title We reached out to the people who have shaped the Galaxy's Greatest Comic, from founding editor Pat Mills to current editor Matt Smith, and more, to find out not just how they came to 2000 AD, but the stories they think you should start with.

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Welcome To The New Ice Age: Jason Shawn Alexander On ‘Frostbite’ [Sci-Fi Week]

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Today sees the debut of Joshua Williamson and Jason Shawn Alexander's brand new Vertigo series Frostbite. Set in the near future after the dawn of a New Ice Age, humanity strives to carry on and make the best of it despite a deadly contagious disease that turns people into living statues made of ice.

ComicsAlliance spoke to Alexander about his process and world building, and we have exclusive design pages from the artist, complete with notes on how he works and reworks pages to find the structure he's looking for.

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‘Scurry’ Through The Post-Apocalypse With Artist Mac Smith [Back Pages]

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In a post-apocalyptic world where only animals remain, Mac Smith's Scurry follows two mice as they attempt to keep together and stay alive through the most dangerous landscape imaginable. It's a terrific series that has been running as a webcomic since January, with each page fully painted by Smith.

Scurry is a blockbuster success; with the launch of a Kickstarter to bring the series to print, Smith has seen his modest target of $8,000 blown out the water. At the time of writing, the Kickstarter has received almost $70,000 in pledges! The series has hit a chord with readers, so Back Pages spoke with Smith about how the project came together, why he brought it to Kickstarter, and just what readers can expect if they back the comic.

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Five Stars: Karen Berger On The History Of Vertigo And The Future Of Innovation

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Karen Berger came to DC comics at the cusp of the 1980s as editor for titles including Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld and House of Mystery. As executive editor of Vertigo, Berger made stars of writers and artists who have gone on to dominate the industry, and the imprint became synonymous with an experimental, stylistic approach which gave it an added edge over every other publisher.

In 2012, Berger resigned from Vertigo. She has been largely absent from comics since, but at Image Expo earlier this year she announced a new series from writer Sara Kenney and artist John Watkiss called Surgeon X, with herself as editor. ComicsAlliance spoke to Berger to look back at her extraordinary career, and her continued dedication to bringing new and experimental ideas to the medium.

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The Crown Jewel Of The Hasbro Universe: Aubrey Sitterson On Rebuilding ‘GI Joe’ After ‘Revolution’ [Interview]

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Aubrey Sitterson and Giannis Milonogiannis are stepping up to take the Joes in a new direction in GI Joe: Revolution. To find out more, ComicsAlliance spoke to Sitterson about leaning into the sci-fi aspects of the book, the characters he's chosen for the team, and when we'll see Destro. We also have a first look at some brand-new pages from issue #1!

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Van Camp, Robertson and LaPensee Join Volume Two Of The ‘Moonshot’ Anthology [Back Pages]

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Following the huge success of Moonshot, the indigenous comics anthology, editor Hope Nicholson and publisher AH Comics announced a few weeks ago that they'd be bringing a sequel book to Kickstarter. Featuring stories by and about indigenous comics creators, the anthology collects comics from both new and established writers and artists, spreading their voice and stories around the world.

With the campaign for the second Moonshot anthology now running on Kickstarter, Back Pages got in touch with Nicholson and contributors David Robertson, Elizabeth LaPensée and Richard Van Camp to find out what makes Moonshot such an important project, and what kind of stories they bring to the second volume.

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