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Weekender: Angelo Lopez, ‘Rise from Ashes’, And Mama Cass

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What a week! I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to sit back and read some comics. The weekend is finally here, and the world can relax and rest once more — but the comics industry has been busy too, you know, and the last seven days have seen a flurry of comics-based news and announcements fly past at high speed.

ComicsAlliance has got your back, though: when it comes to comics, we never slow down, so here’s a look back and just what’s been going on. New comics, new stories, new podcasts, new art being made — it’s all part of the ComicsAlliance Weekender!

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If You Love Watching ‘Game Of Thrones’, Read These Comics Next

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Game of Thrones has returned, and though now in its sixth season, it remains one of the most riveting and talked about shows on television. Even after all this time and all this death, we’re still tuning in, hoping against hope that our faves don’t get brutally murdered, and maybe that someone rides on a dragon.

Fantasy stories have been appearing in comics since near the very beginning of the medium, and there are so many great stories and series to choose from for fans looking for more of a fantasy fix. We’ve picked out five of the best independent and creator-owned comics to keep you going through the week as you wait for more episodes of Game of Thrones.

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Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tess Fowler’s ‘Rat Queens’ Take a Critical Hit In Issue #15 [Interview]

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Since it first started at Image, the R-rated RPG-themed series Rat Queens has proven to be a fan-favorite book, sparking cosplay, fanfic, and all kinds of devotion from the readership. The third arc for the fantasy series comes to a close this week with issue #15, which does some hugely shocking things to the characters. This is a game-changing issue from writer Kurtis J. Wiebe and artist Tess Fowler, changing the story --- and the cast --- in ways nobody could have expected.

The issue comes after a slightly troubled production period for the book, which has only just settled down for the ongoing creative team recently. Fowler is now ongoing artist for the foreseeable future, joining colorist Tamra Bonvillain as the book head into the fourth storyline later this year. ComicsAlliance sat down with Wiebe and Fowler to talk about how they formed a creative partnership, what's been going on over the last few issues, and where things are going next. It's going to get a little rough for our heroes...

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The Recap Page: What You Need to Know Heading into ‘Rat Queens #15’

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With so many great comics series to read, it can be difficult keeping track of everything that happened from issue to issue. The Recap Page is a new feature to help readers get caught up ahead of milestone issues and jumping-on points.

This week sees the publication of Rat Queens #15, by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tess Fowler, published by Image Comics, in which a sort of homecoming has revealed some hidden truths, and created rifts in the group that may be beyond repair. If you've ever been curious aboutt Rat Queens, this issue promises to be a standout.

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Best Cosplay Ever (This Week): Jessica Jones, Han & Chewbacca, Colossus, Magik and More

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In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.

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Cast Party: Who Should Star In A ‘Rat Queens’ Movie?

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Welcome to Cast Party, the feature that imagines a world with even more live action comic book adaptations than we currently have, and comes up with arguably the best casting suggestions you’re ever going to find for the movies and shows we wish could exist. This week we're looking at Rat Queens, the hilarious high fantasy series starring an all-lady team of rowdy adventurers, written by Kurtis J. Wiebe and currently illustrated by Tess Fowler.

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Lost in Transition: ‘Rat Queens Special #1: Braga’

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Hi, I’m Charlotte Finn. I’m a lifelong comics fan and, last year, I admitted to myself that I am transgender.

Coming out as transgender means reassessing a lot about your life, your place in the world, and what that world's been telling you about yourself before you even realized who you really were. In this occasional series, I’m going to be applying that reassessment to comics that feature people like me, or close to being like me, and look them over with a fresh set of eyes, starting with Rat Queens Special #1: Braga, by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tess Fowler.

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‘Rat Queens’ Snags a Full-Time Art Team of Tess Fowler and Tamra Bonvillain

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It's been a tough eight months or so for Image Comics' Rat Queens, art-wise. Artist John Upchurch was removed from the book last November after he was arrested on domestic abuse charges, and his replacement, Stjepan Sejic, has been fighting illness and was only able to draw two issues in the interim.

A Wednesday announcement from Image indicates that clearer skies are ahead, however, as artist Tess Fowler and colorist Tamra Bonvillain have taken the art reins of the series about a band of plundering adventurers full-time, starting with issue #11 in August. Sejic will remain as cover artist through issue #15. Series co-creator Kurtis J. Wiebe remains in place as writer.

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Comics Writer Brian Wood Releases Statement About Accusations of Sexual Harassment

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A couple of weeks ago cartoonist Tess Fowler tweeted that she had been sexually harassed at a comic convention by a well-known comics writer some years earlier. At that time, she did not name the other party. ComicsAlliance's Matt D. Wilson was among those to write about Fowler's widely reported commentary as part of a vital discussion about the culture of misogyny and sexual harassment that pervades the comic book industry, and what might be done to punish offenders and make the industry safer and more inclusive for women.

Earlier this week, after receiving emails from three other women describing similar troubling experiences with the same male comics writer, Fowler chose to identify him by name. The writer is Brian Wood.

Wood has now released a statement admitting to having “made a pass” at Fowler in the past. He denies accusations of harassment and abuse.

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This Week, Comic Book News Hit Hard

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A lot of times comic-book news is fairly predictable. A creative team might leave a book, but odds are they'll land somewhere else or start a creator-owned project. Titles get canceled or start up. A character might celebrate an anniversary or something offensive might slip into a book. These are all items we've become accustomed to seeing.

Occasionally, though, a story that impacts the livelihoods of a lot of people comes around, or something that could change your whole perception of a comics creator. Those can be hard to deal with, and this week had a couple of those stories.

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