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Good Thing: Asian-American Iron Fist Redesign Captures Artists’ Imaginations

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Thanks to the Netflix television show, Iron Fist is a character that's on a lot of people's minds, but not quite for the reasons Marvel may want. The casting of Finn Jones is regarded by many as an ill-conceived choice that adheres too closely to the comics and leans on tropes of the white savior.

Inspired by Kris Anka's 2015 redesign of the character as an Asian-American hero, some of comics' best artists have offered their own interpretations of this more badass, more culturally relevant, and --- let's be honest --- more downright sexy Danny Rand.

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‘Jem And The Holograms’ Ends With Issue #26, But Kelly Thompson Promises More To Come

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Since it launched in March of 2015, Jem and the Holograms has met with a level of acclaim and popularity that few could have foreseen for the reboot of a 1980s TV animation property. In fact, it has surpassed the original show in the minds of many fans, as well as attracting readers who weren't even alive when the cartoon was on TV.

But all things must come to an end, and IDW has revealed that April's Jem and the Holograms #26 will be the final issue.

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Weekender: ‘Henchgirl’, Shinji Tsuchimochi, and Karaoke at Papa John’s

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The weekend is here! Take a look back at what’s happened in the past seven days. New comics, new stories, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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Comics Alliance Gift Guide: What to Buy For Your Magical Girl Squad

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Magical girls are special. They defend love and justice with a squad of their best friends, and they look cute while they're doing it. Their transformation sequences into their alter-egos are filled with sparkles. They remind us that the girly aesthetic is not a bad thing, and can actually be very powerful.

You've probably got a few magical girls in your life, so we've put together this gift guide to inspire you to find the perfect presents for them.

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Shana’s Milan Misadventure Continues In ‘Jem And The Holograms’ #21 [Exclusive Preview]

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Jem and the Holograms #21, by Kelly Thompson and Meredith McClaren, finds the Holograms' drummer Shana living out her dream of working in fashion in Milan, but the reality is not turning out to be as dreamy as she'd hoped. It turns out her fashion internship seems to consist mostly of fetch food for unfriendly designers at all hours of the night, and of course she's also homesick for the three bandmates who are also her sisters.

Check out our exclusive preview to see what's in store.

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Couture Anthology Brings High Fashion To Comics

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Comics and fashion have always had an interesting relationship, but comics have never centered fashion as much as Danielle Colman hopes to do in the upcoming anthology Couture, currently seeking funding on Kickstarter. Couture features the work of an impressive array of artists focusing on fashion as a storytelling device.

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‘Burl & Fur’ Zine Launches Kickstarter To Celebrate The Beefy World Of Bara

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There are a lot of things manga does a lot better than the western comics scene. Whether it's stories about cooking, race cars or tennis, manga's genre diversity is through the roof. One area where manga really excels is in its portrayal of beefy dudes, but now the west is finally catching up thanks the recently launched Kickstarter for a zine dedicated to hot hairy men, Burl & Fur.

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Exclusive: Shana Cover Revealed for ‘Jem And The Holograms’ Dark Jem Storyline

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Glamour takes a twisted turn and glitter goes Goth in the upcoming Jem And The Holograms story arc 'Dark Jem', launching in Jem and the Holograms #11 from the reunited launch team of writer Kelly Thompson and artist Sophie Campbell, with variant covers by Jen Bartel. The storyline, unveiled today at New York Comic-Con, features a dark mirror of super-computer Synergy called Silica (amazing) and corrupted takes on all our girls.
The first issue of the story will launch with five variant covers that will also be available all together as a metallic foil box set. You can check out one of the covers above --- an awesome Dark Shana, dripping with shadows --- revealed exclusively here at ComicsAlliance.

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Jem Meets ‘Fury Road’ In ‘Jem And The Holograms Outrageous Annual’ [Preview]

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After only six issues, the cast of Jem and the Holograms has already had to deal with discovering a secret sentient supercomputer, creating an entire alternate persona for their stage-frightened lead singer, a battle of the bands, a massive food fight, three first dates, and --- in typical Jem fashion --- at least one attempted murder. That's a lot to deal with even without the whole thing where they're, you know, a band that's also trying to raise money for orphans. With a schedule like that, they're going to need some downtime.

And that's exactly what's on the schedule for next week's Jem and the Holograms Outrageous Annual, which finds the group having a nice relaxing evening at home with a bunch of movies. But what with this being comics and all, they find themselves thrown into their own versions of the stories that they're watching, including Aja's starring role in a segment that looks an awful lot like Mad Max: Fury Road. Check out a preview of two of the four stories below!

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