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Alan Moore and Brian Michael Bendis Discuss Alias #2

OUR STORY THUS FAR:  Over a month ago, Alan Moore traveled to Portland to discuss comics with his fellow comics creators.  Today he’s having coffee with Brian Michael Bendis, continuing his conversation from last week about the Marvel Comics series Alias

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Invading Canada: We Stand on Guard and the History of U.S./Canadian Conflicts

Co-created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Steve Skroce, the Image Comics series We Stand on Guard imagines the U.S. military’s invasion of Canada one hundred years in the future. The premise of the science fiction comic may seem shocking or absurd; Canada and the United States are strong allies and the possibility of the two nations ever going to war seems unlikely. However, there is a history of military conflicts between the two countries, and in the 20th Century both Canada and the United States developed secret plans to invade the other.

In preparation for this week’s debut of We Stand on Guard, Nothing But Comics reviews the history of military conflicts between the United States and Canada.

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The Red Bee Asks Brandon Graham about 8House: Arclight

At Nothing But Comics, we’re big fans of creator Brandon Graham.  Graham’s comics are some of our favorites, such as King City, Multiple Warheads, and Prophet.   So when we learned that Graham was writing the Image Comics series 8House: Arclight, with art by Marian Churchland, we were eager to learn more about the comic.

So we dispatched superhero the Red Bee to ask Graham about the new series.

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The Red Bee Asks Chris Ryall about Onyx

At Nothing But Comics, we are excited to read the upcoming IDW Publishing comics series Onyx, co-created by writer Chris Ryall and artist Gabriel Rodriguez.  Ryall and Rodriguez impressed us with their work on Clive Barker’s The Great and Secret Show, and Rodriquez provided the stunning artwork for one of our favorite comics series, Locke and Key.  

We wanted to learn more about Onyx, so we recruited superhero the Red Bee to ask Ryall about the comic.

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Twinterview with the Vampire: Ales Kot Describes Wolf

At Nothing But Comics, we love reading comics written by Ales Kot. Whether its Zero, Material, The Surface, or Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier, Kot’s comics are always original, entertaining, and thought-provoking.

So when we learned that Kot is writing a new Image Comics series called Wolf with artist Matt Taylor and colorist Lee Loughridge, we dispatched our vampire correspondent Vlad to ask Kot about the comic.

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When Can We Read the Iron Man Phantom 3 Promotional Comic?

This month, the placement of half-page, double-spread Twix ads in comic books published by DC Comics has sparked a controversy within the comics community. However, Nothing But Comics took note last week of a non-controversial ad placed in comic books published by Marvel Comics; the ad announces online access “now” to a free Iron Man comic promoting the Phantom 3, a quadcopter designed for aerial photography and manufactured by the Chinese technology company DJI. However, at the time of this article’s publication, the web address advertised for the promotional comic – www.dji.com/ironman – does not exist.

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270 Needed to Win: A Close Look at the Election Map in Prez

Maps reveal details about fictional worlds.  The maps provided in fantasy and science fiction stories – including fantasy and science fiction comics – help ground the story, giving readers a sense of the story’s setting and dynamics.  For example, an examination of the U.S. presidential election map presented in the first issue of the DC Comics series Prez offers details about the story’s political landscape. The map and the electoral votes won by the presidential candidates reveal that in the comic’s future setting, today’s “blue states” (that is, states that usually vote for Democratic candidates) have lost political power to today’s Republican “red states.”

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The Red Bee Asks Marc Andreyko about Mulan: Revelations

At Nothing But Comics, we are big fans of Marc Andreyko. The author has written some of our favorite comics, like Wonder Woman ’77, Batwoman,  and Manhunter.

So when we learned that Andreyko is writing the science fiction comic Mulan: Revelations for Dark Horse Comics, we recruited superhero the Red Bee to ask Andreyko about the comic.

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“Who’s the Scariest Member of Squadron Sinister?”: The Red Bee Interviews Marc Guggenheim

The Marvel Comics supervillain team Squadron Sinister is formidable. Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Sal Buscema and debuting in The Avengers #69 (Oct. 1969), the evil team members were based on DC Comics characters: the Superman-inspired Hyperion, the Batman-esque Nighthawk, the Flash-like Whizzer, etc.

The creative team on the Marvel Comics Secret Wars tie-in Squadron Sinister – writer Marc Guggenheim and artists Carlos Pacheco, Mariano Taibo, and Frank Martin – remind readers just how powerful, evil, and scary these characters are.

At Nothing But Comics, we were curious to know which Squadron Sinister character Guggenheim thought was the scariest, so we dispatched superhero the Red Bee to ask him.

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