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On the frontlines of World War II heroines with Trina Robbins

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Comics historian Trina Robbins is taking a look back at World War II heroines and the female artists who created them in Babes in Arms: Women in the Comics During the Second World War, to be released later this year by Hermes Press.

Clocking in at more than 300 pages, the book collects the wartime comics of four female cartoonists: Barbara Hall, Jill Elgin, Lily Renee and Fran Hopper. Some might call them the original Carol Corps, but I like to borrow a name from one of Hall’s earliest comics, Girl Commandos.

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A South African superhero steps up in ‘Kwezi’

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South Africa has a new defender in the recently launched comic series Kwezi.

Created by South African artist Loyiso MkizeKwezi uses the classic idea of a young hero coming of age while dealing with his own insecurities and braggadocios. Whereas DC Comics heroes operate in fictional cities such as Gotham and Metropolis, Kwezi is based in Gold City, a stand-in for Johannesburg, South Africa.

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‘Undertow’s’ Artyom Trakhanov talks Russian comics scene, his own work

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Russian artist Artyom Trakhanov broke into American comics with his nuanced and idiosyncratic work on the 2014 Image Comics series Undertow with writer Steve Orlando. Since then he’s contributed covers and short stories to several titles while working on multiple new projects, both with writers and on his own.

ROBOT 6 spoke with Trakhanov about working in the English-language market from his home in Novosibirsk, Russia, balancing his professional and his home lives, and what the comics scene is like in his own country. Trakhanov also revealed the first pages from an English translation of his long-running Russian webcomic MadBlade.

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Fantagraphics teases new Dan Clowes graphic novel

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If you thought teaser images and announcements of announcements were strictly the domain of superhero publishers, think again.

Fantagraphics Books raised the subject of Daniel Clowes’ next graphic novel with a teaser image posted on its Twitter page:

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Famous album covers get a DC and Marvel remix

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Music and comics are frequently overlapping, from the storied creation of Marvel’s Dazzler to numerous comic biographies and comics about musicians, but artist Uwe de Witt is taking it one step further.

Evocative of Cliff Chiang’s appropriation of Prince’s Purple Rain  for a Batgirl illustration, de Witt has taken popular album covers from the past 40 years and reinterpreted them with Marvel and DC Comics characters. De Witt, who has worked for German comics publisher EEE, goes for the deep cuts, with the Doctor Doom variants of Doctor Dre and Pink Floyd covers being particularly striking.

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What is Wolverine the best at? Probably not cosplay

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Wolverine has worn many different costumes over the years, from the classic yellow-and-blue to the more nuanced orange-and-brown to the black-leather biker ensemble. A few have achieved an iconic look, while some others are perhaps best forgotten.

Recalling a comic from his childhood in which Logan donned “very short cutoff jean shorts,” Zita The Spacegirl‘s Ben Hatke has depicted Wolverine in a series of “wrong” outfits, from Superman’s and Vampirella’s to Skeletor’s and Harry Potter’s.

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Mobile Suit Gundam meets Marvel heroes in this fan art series

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By and large, people outside Japan can’t fully understand how big Mobile Suit Gundam is. In some ways, it’s a cultural equivalent to American superheroes — and now one artist has melded the two.

Aburaya Tonbi created renditions of Marvel’s Avengers (including Spider-Man) in the style of Mobile Suit Gundam, albeit in a chibi style. Robot versions of Avengers have been made before — even ones loosely inspired by Gundam — but Campbell’s renditions hit at authenticity, while also being cute.

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Office workers brighten drab walls with Post-It superhero murals

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The vibrant colors of superhero comics are one of the things that make them memorable, and a group of employees wanted to put some of that on the walls of their office — without getting into trouble for painting or damaging them.

Enter Post-It notes.

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UN Women hosts comic competition focused on gender equality

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Taking on the issue of gender equality, a United Nations organization has launched a competition intended to spotlight women’s rights through comics.

Organized by UN Women, with the help of the European Commission, the Belgian Development Cooperation and UNRIC, Gender Equality: Picture It! is open to residents of the European Union ages 18 to 28. “Show us what comes to your mind when you reflect on women’s rights and empowerment and on the relationship between women and men,” the website states.

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Humanity faces extinction and sea monsters in ‘Rim City’

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Humankind was born looking up at the stars, but what if its last hope is deep in the ocean?

That’s the conceit of Rim City, written by Alessandro Apreda and illustrated by Daniel Orlandini, the inaugural title from anew Italian comics company Atomico. Melding seemingly the inspiration of Neon Genesis EvangelionHalo with undersea sci-fi like The AbyssRim City hits a familiar tone, albeit in some unfamiliar surroundings — and with top-notch artwork that would make any publisher jealous.

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Hair-raising magic with teen witches in ‘Witchy’

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What if there were a world of magic where your powers were based on your hair? That’s what’s happening in the engrossing new webcomic Witchy by Ariel Ries.

Witchy follows a young woman named Nyneve who grows up in a world called Hyalin, where magic powers are based on the length of your hair. After her father was killed for rebelling and letting his hair grow out too long, Nyneve is conscripted into the Witch Guard — a army of magic users who were partly responsible for her father’s death. Witchy is a decidedly non-Western approach to fantasy, pulling more from Asian story-forms and anime such as Hayao Miyazaki.

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The Avengers reimagined as Earth’s Mightiest Punks

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Last week we saw 1980s music icons reimagined as Marvel superheroes, and now another artist has depicted Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as Earth’s Mightiest Punks.

Atlanta-based artist Cara McGee has drawn portraits of some of the Avengers (as well as foe or two) as punks, decked out in tattoos, studded collars and boots, and strategically ripped jeans. Take a look:

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Hells Angel veteran writes biker tale ‘Lucifer’s Sword MC’

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In comics it’s hard sometimes to get authenticity — where are you going to find a real superhero with superpowers? — but a recent release in the burgeoning biker genre has done that.

Lucifer’s Sword MC: Life and Death in an Outlaw Motorcycle Club is a graphic novel written by Phil Cross, a 46-year veteran of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club. Published by Motorbooks, which specializes in books about the biker lifestyle, Lucifer’s Sword MC rides on the success of FX’s Sons of Anarchy (both in television and the BOOM! Studios’ licensed comic), but offers a more raw, and less glitzy, look at the “one percenters.”

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Amid comics’ current wrestling mania, Archie taps in

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The tagline for one1990s wrestling promotion was “Where the Big Boys Play!” Wonder what they’d think of Archie Andrews?

Following a recent uptick in pro-wrestling appreciation by the comics industry, Archie Comics has released a digital collection of its wrestling-themed stories. Given the cover image and title, Archie & Friends Wrestle Maniacs, Archie gives a bit of a nod to WWE’s Wrestlemania and Hulk Hogan (whose fans are “Hulkamaniacs”).

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Flame Con ramps up with addition of Phil Jimenez

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As one famous Marvel hero is prone to saying, “Flame On!”

Plans for the first New York City-based LGBTQ convention are ramping up, as Flame Con has announced artist Phil Jimenez (Wonder Woman, Angela: Asgard’s Assassin) as its latest guest.

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