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Mike Johnson And Yasmin Liang On Gender-Flipping ‘Star Trek’ And The Tie-In Comic’s New Five-Year Mission [Interview]

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Much like their (rightly) acclaimed Judge Dredd comics, IDW's handling of the Star Trek license has managed to exceed reader expectations with high production values and an uncanny ability to tell engaging comics stories within the limitations of a tie-in book. Over the last three years, IDW has shifted the comics focus to tell stories from within the world of J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot team's cinematic Star Trek reboot. With the new status quo firmly established, writer Mike Johnson and a team of artists are going to be taking the Enterprise and her crew into all-new directions, starting with a gender-flipped parallel universe. The two-part "Parallel Lives" debuted last week with Star Trek #29 and gives new readers a chance to take a tour with the finest crew in the fleet while seeing them in an all-new light.

We talked to Johnson and artist Yasmin Liang for more information about their two-part Trek adventure, and got an inside look at the ins-and-outs of how they approach working on a license with such heavy fan expectations.

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Hire This Woman: Artist Yasmin Liang

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In the overwhelmingly male comic book industry, it has been a challenge for some editors and readers to see the ever growing number of talented women currently trying to make a name for themselves. With that in mind, ComicsAlliance offers Hire This Woman, a recurring feature designed for comics readers as well as editors and other professionals, where we shine the spotlight on a female comics pro on the ascendance. Some of these women will be at the very beginning of their careers, while others will be more experienced but not yet “household names.”

Today we're talking to comic artist Yasmin Liang.  You may know Liang's work from BOOM! Studios' Steed and Mrs. Peel or anthologies like Shattered: The Asian American Anthology, and of course from ComicsAlliance's Best Art Ever (This Week).

 

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Best Art Ever (This Week) – 08.23.13

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We make a regular practice at ComicsAlliance of spotlighting particular artists or specific bodies of work, but because cartoonists, illustrators and their fans share countless numbers of great images on sites like Flickr, Tumblr, DeviantArt and seemingly infinite art blogs that we’ve created Best Art Ever (This Week), a weekly depository for just some of the pieces of especially compelling artwork that we come across in our regular travels across the Web. Some of it’s new, some of it’s old, some of it’s created by working professionals, some of it’s created by future stars, some of it’s created by talented fans, and some of it’s endearingly silly. All of it’s awesome.

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‘Adventure Time: Candy Capers’ #4 Gets Sweet Covers By Schwartz, Liang, Eskelinen And Dialynas [Preview]

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There've been a number of Adventure Time spinoffs care of Boom! Studios over the past two years, but Yuko Ota, Ananth Panagariya and Ian McGinty's six-issue miniseries following Peppermint Butler and Cinnamon Bun is perhaps (literally) the sweetest yet. Set to debut on July 17, Adventure Time: Candy Capers will see Princess Bubblegum's most competent servant and... most well meaning citizen set out on a hunt to find a kidnapped Finn and Jake. Boom! won't make you wait to see art from a little deeper in the series, however, and has sent CA an early look at the covers for Adventure Time: Candy Capers #4 by Mia Schwartz, Yasmin Liang, Eva Eskelinen and Michael Dialynas.

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Parting Shot: Lois Lane Kicks Back After a Job Well Done

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Yasmin Liang's contribution to Project: Rooftop's Fanart Friday. This week's theme is Lois Lane, the intrepid and tireless star journalist of the Daily Planet in Superman's hometown of Metropolis, seen here kicking back after a job well

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Yasmin Liang’s Justice League Gender Swaps and Fashion Illustration Tickle Our Fancy [Art]

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You are bound to have run into Yasmin Liang's artwork on the Web recently, whether it's been through her gender-swapped Justice League portrait or her stellar look at the most famous moms of the DCU. Her full-bodi

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