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SDCC: NASA introduces Rocket Raccoon & Groot patch in honor of space exploration

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It’s safe to say Rocket Raccoon and Groot have made their way into the mainstream consciousness. Considering their obscure comic book origins and minimal status in comics until the 2014 film, it’s happened pretty quickly. Now, NASA’s getting in on the love.

NASA is honoring the characters’ greatness with a special Rocket Raccoon and Groot-inspired patch, being given to employees who worked on the International Space Stations’ National Laboratory in 2016. Take a look at the patch below:

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WATCH: Real-life insurance company protects you from superheroes

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“Mercury Insurance covers it all,” according to their website, including — apparently — superheroes. In a thirty-second advertisement published to YouTube, the insurance company claims to cover collateral damage caused by caped crusaders.

“The red guy threw my car at the blue guy, and the blue guy had a freeze ray,” says the distressed claimant, standing in his destroyed living room.

“We see that a lot this time of year,” his agent responds.

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This LEGO Thanos Bust and Infinity Gauntlet would rule your toy collection

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In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor has described the Infinity Stones as having unparalleled power. Luckily for him (and just about everyone else in the MCU), no one currently has possession of all six — yet.

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Fan-made Deadpool knife block puts the Merc’s healing factor to work

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Deadpool’s healing factor is so strong, he’s gotten completely decapitated and lived to tell about it. So if there’s any Marvel character well-suited to take a bunch of kitchen knives to the skull, it’s him — a thought Instructables contributor BrittLiv must have had when she created her very own Deadpool knife block.

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MAD’s ‘Goodnight Batcave’ wards off all your bad dreams (and criminals)

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MAD’s latest parody book shows us that even Batman needs to sleep — at some point.

The comedy mag has put together a “Goodnight Moon” parody book, titled “Goodnight Batman,” that follows Batman’s rounding up of criminals — Joker, Catwoman, Mr. Freeze and more villains — before he (and you) goes to bed.

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‘Avatar: The Last Airbender,’ ‘Serenity’ get adult coloring books from Dark Horse

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It’s hard getting over a cancelled TV series, but Dark Horse is making it that much less difficult by introducing new adult coloring books for cult sci-fi/fantasy properties “Serenity” and “Avatar: The Last Airbender.” On sale this fall, both books come printed on thick, heavyweight 10 x 10-inch pages, for the affordable price of $14.99 USD.

Illustrated by Jed Henry, the “Avatar” book was crafted in collaboration with series creators Michel Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko to ensure the most authentic “Avatar” coloring experience.

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Kotobukiya thwips up a new Amazing Spider-Man ArtFX+ statue

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For those yearning for the days of a classically-costumed Spidey, look no further than Kotobukiya’s new Amazing Spider-Man ArtFX+ statue to satisfy the nostalgia. Based on the original red and blue (with black webbing) costume, the statue presents Spider-Man in a crouching pose, ready for web-slinging.

Standing 3.35 inches tall, the statue is currently available for pre-order over at Kotobukiya’s website — where you can check out previous installments in the line, including Batman, Spider-Gwen and Magik statues, among others — for $59.99 USD. The Amazing Spider-Man ArtFX+ statue goes on sale in December 2016.

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Travel Foreman’s ‘Justice League United’ sketchbook reveals unused character designs

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Travel Foreman’s “Justice League United” sketchbook has surfaced online, unveiling some of the creator’s unused concept artwork for the now-cancelled title’s cast of characters. The alternate designs are surprisingly different from earlier designs, and offer a bold alternative to the inevitable costumes that were used for the “Rebirth” rebranding. Foreman worked on “Justice League United” for issues 11, 12 and 16 — the final issue of the series.

The sketchbook offers glimpses at unused art for characters including Stargirl,  Animal Man, Liberty Belle, Union, Hourman, Hawkwoman, Stanley (and his monster, Spot), Tomorrow Woman, Rex, Major Force, Wildcat, and B’Wana Beast.

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Fan-made shield brings ‘Captain America: Steve Rogers’ comic to life

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It may have gone mostly undiscussed thanks to “Captain America: Steve Rogers'” shocking twist ending, but the issue from Nick Spencer and Jesus Saiz also featured the Avenger’s new suit and shield. Reddit user blu-tron crafted the new shield — which debuted in the Free Comic Book Day “Steve Rogers” issue — from aluminum, creating a replica that measures 29.5 inches tall and 19.5 inches wide

If you’re looking to add an all-new Steve Rogers shield to your collection, you can purchase this item on the user’s Etsy store. There are also plenty of other shields over there, too, just in case you have a specific Cap cosplay you’re looking to complete.

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Batman and Superman are meerkats in this weird Neal Adams comic

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There have been a lot of really strange Batman-Superman team-ups over the years, but I’m willing to bet this is the first time in which the World’s Finest are depicted as talking meerkats … who interrupt a 1970s-era gang fight.

Called A Heroic Journey, it’s a limited-edition custom comic produced by DC Comics for the insurance-comparison website comparethemarket.com. If you thought those costumed meerkats look as if they were drawn by Neal Adams, you’re right.

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Batman even has a Bat-emblem on his Bat-underwear

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Art by Mikel Janin

Bruce Wayne is serious about a lot of things, not the least of which is branding. There’s the Batmobile, the Batcave, the Batarang, the Batcopter, the Batcycle and, yes, even Bat Sprays. Now add to that list Bat-underwear.

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BOOM! teases ‘Goldie Vance’ with brochure for fictional hotel

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Goldie Vance, the upcoming teen-detective series by Hope Larson and Brittney Williams, follows the adventures of 16-year-old Marigold “Goldie” Vance, who spends her spare time solving mysteries at her father’s luxury hotel.

The Crossed Palms Resort plays such a central role to the comic that BOOM! Studios even created a brochure to promote the lavish, St. Pascal, Florida, hotel and its amenities. The publisher provided ROBOT 6 with a look at the brochure, below.

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Watch: Marvel’s ‘Civil War’ explained in just four minutes

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If you’re a bit hazy on the details of Civil War, the 2006-2007 Marvel comics crossover that unfolded across more than 50 issues and inspired the upcoming Captain America sequel, fear not: “Bite Size Comics” manages to summarize the event in less than four minutes, which it turns out is plenty of time to insert some biting commentary.

For instance, Civil War is introduced as “a convoluted tale of friendship, betrayal and the complete character assassination of Iron Man,” which … OK, it’s tough to argue with that assessment.

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Rejected ‘Batman ’89’ comic would’ve picked up where Burton left off

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Amid the success of Batman ’66, Joe Quinones and Kate Leth had hoped to revisit another fondly remembered era from the Dark Knight’s on-screen past in Batman ’89. Alas, DC Comics passed on their miniseries pitch.

However, Quinones has shared some details and proof-of-concept art from the proposal that will undoubtedly make fans of the Tim Burton films sigh over what might’ve been — including a depiction of Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face.

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Witty superhero business cards perfectly sum up iconic crime fighters

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Many comic book crime fighters are content to let a pile of unconscious criminals be their calling card. Maybe a few of them affix a note to one of the hog-tied bad guys, but that’s about it. But what if superheroes had business cards like every other working person? A batch of superhero business cards have appeared at 123 Print’s blog; a team of designers at the UK company created a set of business cards for Marvel and DC heroes, each one customized to the hero’s personality and line of work.

The business cards feature a lot of graphic design innovation and specific references. Daredevil’s is done in braille, Captain America’s touts his World War II history, Green Arrow’s addresses his signature weapon and Spider-Man’s incorporates the hero’s agility in a surprising way.

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