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Ask Chris #278: Hail To The Chief! Nominating Comics’ Finest Fake President

Ask Chris #278, background art by Christopher Hastings and Anthony Clark

Q: Who is the best President of the United States in superhero comics? -- @SAWinchell

A: Ah yes. It's a Presidential Election year here in the United States, and with politics in the air everywhere you look, the next eight months are probably going to involve a lot of questions about elections, public offices, and other expressions of our American ideals of democracy. For those of you who aren't in America, this might seem like we're drawing things out a little bit, but I can assure you that it's been like this for like a year already.

Anyway, to the question! Given how rarely we actually see the President playing a significant role in superhero comics, there are really only a few directions we can go with this. The obvious choices are, of course, Prez Rickard and Beth Ross, the two teenage presidents who have starred in different iterations of Prez, or Calvin Ellis, the Super-President from Earth-23, and if I was up for a bit of political satire, I could try to defend the Lex Luthor administration again. But really, if we want to talk about the best Chief Executive in all of comics, then there's only one real choice: President Maria Funkhouser, from Christopher Hastings' The Adventures of Dr. McNinja.

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There’s An Ending I’ve Been Telegraphing For A While: Christopher Hastings On Choosing To End ‘The Adventures Of Dr. McNinja’

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To say that The Adventures of Dr. McNinja is one of my favorite webcomics is putting it mildly. It's one of my favorite comics ever, period, and for almost ten years it's been delivering over-the-top action and comedy to readers three times a week. Now, though, that's coming to an end. With Monday's strip, writer/artist Christopher Hastings and colorist Anthony Clark followed up the print release of Dr. McNinja Vol. 3 from Dark Horse by officially starting "The End," the final story of the doctor who is also a ninja, and his increasingly bizarre supporting cast.

To find out more, I spoke to Hastings about the decision to end the comic, why he's doing it now, and who will survive the experience.

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Top Five Greatest Dracula Stories In Comics

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If there's one thing we've learned from our years on the Internet, it's that there's no aspect of comics that can't be broken down and quantified in a single definitive list, preferably in amounts of ten. And since there's no more definitive authority than ComicsAlliance, we're taking it upon ourselves to compile Top Five lists of everything you could ever want to know about comics.

This week, October's horrifying fun continues with another frightening five: The greatest comic book stories starring the Lord of the Vampires, Count Dracula!

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Christopher Hastings On ‘The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: Timefist’ [Interview]

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Christopher Hastings' The Adventures of Dr. McNinja isn't just one of the best webcomics going, it's also one of my favorite comics, period. As a result, I'm pretty excited about Dark Horse's release of Timefist this December...

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New ‘Dr. McNinja’ Plush is Perhaps the Squishiest Self-Proclaimed Action Figure of All Time

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Dr. McNinja fans, your day has come. TopatoCo have unveiled the Squishable "Mini McNinja CUTE Plush Action Figure." Though the plush version of Chris Hastings' titular The Adventures of Dr. McNinja webcomic hero sports far less articulation than, say, a custom G...

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Building a Better Beartato: Anthony Clark Talks ‘Nedroid’

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For an artist who's made a name for himself mastering bear and bird buddy comedy, Nedroid creator Anthony Clark sure is modest. With his Livejournal-turned-Webcomic a fixture on social networking sites, Cracked...

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‘RoboCop’ Comics By ‘Nedroid’ And ‘Dr. McNinja’ Creators Demand Publication

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What happens when you combine the comedic genius of Chris Hastings' "The Adventures of Dr. McNinja" with that of Anthony Clark's "Nedroid?"

The absolute greatest RoboCop comic in the history of the Internet...

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