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Fred Van Lente Talks ‘Magnus,’ ‘Conan’ and ‘G.I. Joe’ [NYCC 2013]

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Most creators would probably consider a con to be successful if they had one big project announced. This weekend at NYCC, Fred Van Lente, who's already had a big year with G.I. Joe, Brain Boy and Archer & Armstrong, managed to land himself two. Not only will he be part of Dynamite's Gold Key relaunch as the writer of Magnus: Robot Fighter, he'll also be taking over Dark Horse's Conan the Barbarian at #26.

I sat down with Van Lente at NYCC's Artist's Alley to find out more about these projects, as well as why G.I. Joe #3 is the best single issue of the year -- and why he's leaving that book after #11.

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Ask Chris #165: Cartoon Theme Songs And Other Delights

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Q: Outside of the opening credits to Batman: The Animated Series, what's the most effective opening to an 80s/90s "kids" show? --@chudleycannons

A: You know, Chudley, I like that you went as far as putting the quotation marks around "kids" as though being a 31-year-old who gets up every morning to watch an episode of Jem and the Holograms over a cup of coffee is something that is perfectly normal for my demographic. But there's no shame in my game, friend, so let's talk a little about cartoons and how they open.

There are, of course, more to kids' shows than just cartoons, but if we expanded out into live-action shows, it would just be me spending the next 1500 words trying to figure out why Zordon needed "teenagers with attitude" to fight against a moon-witch, and why that "attitude" mostly turned out to be "helpful and responsible." Besides, I like cartoons. Or at least, I used to. I saw five minutes of Johnny Test yesterday and now I don't know if I like anything.

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Hasbro Unveils ‘Thunderbolts,’ ‘G.I. Joe Vs. Transformers,’ And More SDCC 2013 Exclusives

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Maybe I'm biased having spent the better part of sixth grade painting spare Spider-Man toys to look like Citizen V, but having seen USA Today's reveal of Hasbro's San Diego Comic-Con 2013 exclusives all I can really think is, "It's about dadburn time we got some Thunderbolts action figures."

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Ask Chris #150: #150!

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Over a lifetime of reading comics, Senior Writer Chris Sims has developed an inexhaustible arsenal of facts and opinions. That's why, each and every week, we turn to you to put his comics culture knowledge to the test as he responds to your reader questions!

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Link Ink: ‘The Winter Soldier’ Gets Redford, Lost ‘Pogo’ Animation And ‘MAD’ Posters

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Movies: Robert Redford has confirmed that he'll be playing the head of SHIELD in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, although his character's name is yet to be revealed.

Gaming: Activisio

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‘G.I. Joe Retaliation’ Is Stupid, Stupid Fun

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2009's G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was a resoundingly stupid movie, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't kind of love it. I'll readily admit that I'm a sucker for anything that could be classified as "Destro-related media," but every inexplicable, awful piece of that movie combined into something that was at least inoffensive. It was

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‘G.I. Joe’: The Forgotten ’80s Filecards From Dennis Culver & Moviefone [Art]

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G.I. Joe: Retaliation hits theaters this weekend, and the early word on the sequel (that's more like a reboot) is good news for die-hard Joe fans. The film proudly wears its influences on its sleeve and actually feels like a real-life recreation of t

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Cobra Commander Rides The Kickstarter Wave [Video]

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Critics who thought the Veronica Mars Kickstarter campaign didn't live up to the site's spirit of funding unlikely-to-be-financed projects from otherwise unknown creators are in for an even bigger shock. If they thought Hollywood insiders using the site was bad, wait until they get a load of the new campaign from international super-terroris

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Ethan Mongin Draws The ‘G.I. Joe’ Universe Cobra By Cobra And Joe By Joe [Art]

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One day a little over a year ago, illustrator and graphic designer Ethan Mongin was bitten by the nostalgia bug and began drawing his favorite characters from G.I. Joe. A year later, he's still going strong, creating dozens of off-kilter portraits and illustrations of ch

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Talking ‘G.I. Joe’ And ‘Archer & Armstrong’ With Fred Van Lente: ‘The Fun Of The Cartoon, With Guys Getting Shot In The Face’ [Interview]

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This week, Fred Van Lente and Steve Kurth launch America's daring, highly trained special missions force into a whole new set of adventures in the pages of G.I. Joe #1. This time, though, the team is operating in the public eye, complete with a new embedded journalist codenamed Hashtag, facing off against a version of Cobra that promises to be both cartoonishly evil and horrifyi

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