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Ask Chris #308: Silent Interlude

Ask Chris #308, background art by Larry Hama

Q: What makes a good silent issue? -- @XavierFiles

A: Listen: I don't know if you meant for me to interpret this question as, "Can you talk about GI Joe #21 for a couple thousand words," but I do think we all knew that was exactly what was going to happen.

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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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Hasbro’s GI Joe and the Transformers Set is a Sticker-filled Throwback [Review]

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It's been a long time since I added any new GI Joe figures to my ancient collection. For a long time, GI Joe was pretty much the only action figure series I was devoted to, but that was more than two dozen years ago. I remember playing with those toys for hours on hours, days on days. GI Joe was the be all and end all when it came to my childhood. Okay, sure there were probably more than a fair share of Transformers in the mix, too (Hot Rod 4 Lyfe], which made one of Hasbro's San Diego Comic-Con exclusives particularly adept at tugging on my nostalgia strings.

Additionally, the set released hot on the heels of the conclusion to Transformers vs GI Joe, IDW's absolutely brilliant event from Tom Scioli and John Barber. Though this set isn't tied to the comic in any way, the timing was spot on for those of us who'd been reading the comic and were still jonesing for that next toys-as-comics fix.

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Five Stars: How Larry Hama Made Comics History One Issue At A Time

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Larry Hama's career in comics has spanned more than forty years, not just on the page but also behind the scenes, where he's mentored countless new writers and artists as they make their way through the industry. He continues to redefine the industry and the way people approach comics as a whole.

ComicsAlliance spoke to Hama about his artistic career by discussing five of his milestone works.

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Ask Chris #302: All The Fun Of A VHS Tape In Comic Book Form

Ask Chris #302, background art by Jerry Ordway

Q: Why are comic book adaptations of movies a thing? Do you think any are worth reading? -- Daniel, via email

A: You don't see them around too much these days, but when I was a kid, comic book movie adaptations --- official comic book movie adaptations --- were a pretty big deal. Or at least, that's how it seemed to me. See, when you're stuck in the back seat of a Ford Escort on a 600-mile car trip and you want to know more about this new movie that you've been reading about in Disney Adventures, and you're also living in a time before everyone carried a tiny personal computer that could show them literally every comic book, television show, and music video in the world, well, picking up a The Rocketeer: The Official Movie Adaptation off the magazine rack at a gas station was a pretty solid way to kill some time.

But then, I imagine that's the problem.

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Ben Bishop’s ‘Revolution’ #1 Cover Brings Zartan, Laserbeak, And The Manta Together At Last

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Here's a fun fact about me: My dad once told me that he was late for work every day for a year because I refused to leave the house until MASK was over. Clearly, that show was my entire, all-consuming jam circa 1986, and even though I'm pretty excited about seeing a rebuilt IDW universe that involves GI Joe, Transformers, Micronauts, Action Man and ROM The Space Knight all coming together, the Mobile Armored Strike Kommand is the one that's really got me hooked.

And now, we're finally starting to see it come together --- and folks attending September's Granite State Comic Con in Manchester, New Hampshire are going to get a pretty awesome look at it in the form of Ben Bishop's awesome variant cover for Revolution #1.

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12 Facts You May Not Have Known About GI Joe

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Everyone loves trivia about their favorite animated features and series, but with over 100 years of animation history behind us right now, there’s always some new obscure fact to learn. That’s why ComicsAlliance is going deep into the minutiae of your favorite names in cartoons in this continuing video series. You think you know cartoons? Well, here’s a few things you might not know!

This week we're taking a look at America's realest hero of them all, GI Joe! For example, did you know that the "GI" in "GI Joe" doesn't stand for "gastro-intestinal"? It's true. This fact isn't actually in the video, but it is the kind of knowledge you can expect to pick up from this bad boy, which does include a chance meeting at the urinals, a subliminal message for dweebs, and a semi-fictional human who became more fictional when a different fictional human didn't want to be fictional in a different way. It, uh, makes more sense in context, kind of.

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Best Cosplay Ever: San Diego Comic-Con Edition [SDCC 2016]

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This year's San Diego Comic-Con may not have felt as over-stuffed as years passed, but that didn't mean the convention floor wasn't still jam-packed with incredible cosplay. The annual event is still home to some of the biggest and brightest cosplayers in the 'verse, and we were reminded just how talented and creative comic book fans can be when roaming the show floor this year. We managed to track down some fantastic highlights on Saturday, and captured them for all of you to witness here.

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Superhero Color Theory, Part IV: The Outliers

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What does your favourite superheroes' colors tell the audience about their personalities? Using the same color theory people use to group-think a corporate logo, or paint their room, we've been exploring what it means to superhero comics.

Last time we mentioned that The Invisible Woman's blue and white is wise, and elemental, but what does invisible mean as a color? The Wasp's one constant through her many costume changes has been her transparent, flighty wings. And while Kitty Pryde, who also can't seem to settle on a costumes (or a name), isn't transparent as a color, she does actually pass through things.

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‘Transformers vs. GI Joe’ #13 Puts Destro In The Spotlight For Its Soul-Sizzling Final Issue [Preview]

Transformers vs GI Joe #13, IDW

Next week, Tom Scioli and John Barber's Transformers vs. GI Joe finally proves itself to be too good for this fallen world when it comes to a senses-shattering conclusion. But just so nobody forgets that it's the best thing going, they're going out with the scene I've been waiting to see since the whole thing began: Laird James McCullen Destro XXIV, he of the wrist-rockets, the high collar and the Beryllium Steel mask, is stepping into the spotlight for an all-out slugfest against the Joes --- and it's all taking place on Megatron's head while he tries to eat the sun.

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