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Eight Animated Series With Black Leads To Look Out For

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The pilot for the planned series Cannon Busters, released recently to Kickstarter backers, explores fantasy, adventure, and history genres with something we rarely see in animation; black lead characters. As creator LeSean Thomas told us in a recent interview, it makes sense for him to make work that reflects the world he's used to.
Hopefully that thinking is becoming more commonplace. Bumblebee is getting buzz in DC Super Hero Girls, with an additional chance to shine in the animated short, Hero of the Month: Bumblebee, while Princess Allura was reimagined as a brown woman for Netflix's Voltron. But there are an increasing number of independent creators working to animate their own original stories with black characters at the forefront. Whether it's at the bottom of the ocean, or in futuristic versions of Africa, there are animated series with black lead characters that we think you should look out for!

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LeSean Thomas Talks ‘Cannon Busters,’ Working With Joe Mad, And The Importance of Seeing Black Characters in Fantasy


LeSean Thomas is back with the pilot to his planned animated series, Cannon Busters. The show, which premiered for Kickstarter backers this past Friday, follows a robot named S.A.M.; an outdated maintenance service droid by the name of Casey, and a man on the run, aka Philly The Kid. Together, they travel to help S.A.M. reunite with her best friend, who also happens to be a prince.

Thomas spoke with ComicsAlliance on what viewers can expect from Cannon Busters, working with Joe Mad, and why he chose a black woman as the lead character.

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E3 2016: Battle Chasers: Nightwar is Real and It’s Spectacular (So Far)

Airship Syndicate
Airship Syndicate

To say it's been 14 years since Battle Chasers has been part of the conversation wouldn't entirely be accurate. While the comic itself hasn't been around for nearly a decade and a half, devoted fans of the book and its creator Joe Madureira have always wondered when and if Battle Chasers would return. Last year, we finally got our answer. Not only is Joe Mad planning on bringing back the gang for a comic book reunion, but his development studio, Airship Syndicate, has been hard at work on a Battle Chasers game as well.

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Previously, on ‘Battle Chasers': Joe Madureira On Returning To His Hit Series After 14 Years Away [Interview]


Joe Madureira's fantasy adventure series Battle Chasers was a huge hit when it launched in 1998 from WildStorm's Cliffhanger imprint, but it quickly fell to an irregular schedule, with one issue delayed by sixteen months, and the series disappeared altogether after its ninth issue in 2001.

But that sixteen month delay is going to look like nothing compared to the gap between issues #9 and #10! Yes, Battle Chasers is finally coming back after a fourteen year break, to coincide with the launch of a Battle Chasers video game currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter. To celebrate the book's long-awaited return, we spoke to Joe Madureira about what he's been up to, and why readers should give the series a fresh chance! We also have an exclusive look at some of Madureira's character sketches and concept art for the series.

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Battle Chasers is Officially, For Really Real Coming Back as a Game, But Only if You Help Fund It

Airship Syndicate
Airship Syndicate

Earlier this year, Joe Madureira hinted at the possibility of Battle Chasers, his creator-owned series, returning in some form. After leaving comics for a time to focus on game development, and then releasing two games with Vigil Games and THQ, it seems the time is now right for Gully, Garrison, Calibretto and the rest of the gang to make their comeback. Battle Chasers: Nightwar will see Joe Mad return to the series and characters for the first time in almost 15 years, but this time the franchise is stepping into a new arena --- video games.

Using Kickstarter to fund the development for PC and Mac (other platforms will follow if stretch goals are met), Airship Syndicate is bringing the fan-favorite comic to life as a JRPG. If you're at all familiar with Battle Chasers, you know just how perfect a fit the world of that series is for a role-playing game steeped in the traditions of Squaresoft and Enix, but with a modern twist. That means there'll be loads of turn-based battles, mana and dungeon crawling to go around, but the dungeons will be generated randomly and have a bit of that Diablo flare.

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Black Dynamite’s LeSean Thomas Kickstarts ‘Cannon Buster’ Animated Pilot


If there's one thing that you need to know about the staff here at ComicsAlliance, it's that we're staunchly anti-cannon, and feel that they should be busted as often as possible. As a result, our interest was piqued when we heard about a new Kickstarter for a project from comic artist and animator LeSean Thomas called Cannon Busters, which seeks to raise $120,000 for what we assume will be an extended and thorough campaign design to leave no cannon un-busted. Finally, we will have these fearsome weapons out of the hands of the pirates that menace our shores.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ #1 Brings Back The Quips, But Feels Like A ‘Superior’ Epilogue

The Amazing Spider-Man 1 Review
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Dan Slott must have been saving up his jokes over the past 16 months or so.

The Amazing Spider-Man #1, the issue that officially reintroduces Peter Parker to the Marvel Universe after a lengthy absence during which his body was under the control of Doctor Octopus, is chock full of laugh lines that really hit. Slott, artist Humberto Ramos, inker Victor Olazaba and colorist Edgar Delgado get the tone just right, but I couldn't help but feel that the story itself was a bit lacking in forward momentum, as the lingering effects of Superior Spider-Man dominated the issue's lead story.

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Charles Soule Replaces Matt Fraction On Marvel’s New ‘Inhuman’ Book

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Two weeks, two high-profile writer swaps on major new Marvel titles.

Last week, Marvel announced that Haden Blackman was taking over as the new writer of the forthcoming Elektra title, replacing writer Zeb Wells because of Wells' increased TV commitments. Now, the company has announced that Inhuman, one of the most-hyped titles coming out of the Inhumanity event, won't be staffed by the series' originally announced writer, Matt Fraction. Charles Soule will be taking it over. Series artist Joe Madureira will remain on the book.

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Marvel Announces Next Wave Of Titles With ‘All-New Marvel NOW’

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This morning via USA Today, Marvel unveiled its next wave of new titles. Following last year's successful Marvel NOW initiative, this second wave is titled "All-New Marvel NOW" and will feature the previously announced Inhuman by Matt Fraction and Joe Madureira, and the newly revealed All-New Invaders by James Robinson and Steve Pugh.

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‘Savage Wolverine’ Solidifies Crucial Function As Continuity-Free Artist Spotlight With Jock Takeover In September


Marvel confirmed this week in a USA Today piece that following Joe Madureira and Zeb Wells' two-issue stint, Savage Wolverine will feature a three-part arc written and drawn by Jock, the great British artist known for his work on Vertigo's The Losers, DC's Batman: The Black Mirror, and numerous covers illustrations throughout the entertainment business. Beginning in September, Jock's story will find Wolverine marooned on an alien world in the distant future.

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