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With Rocket Raccoon’s success, could Marvel & DC revive funny animal comics?

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Rocket Raccoon certainly wasn’t an overnight success, but the character’s soaring popularity caught some off-guard — from his big-screen appeal in Guardians of the Galaxy to his new comic series topping the sales chart last month with more than 300,000 copies. With Rocket Raccoon now a mainstream hit, we can’t help but wonder whether he could save some of the funny-animal comics from DC and Marvel’s pasts from extinction.

Although the Rocket we see in the Guardians of the Galaxy film and comic series don’t fall easily into that funny animal genre, Skottie Young’s Rocket Raccoon relishes in it.

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Comics A.M. | Driver in ZombieWalk accident offers his side

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The man’s car driving through the crowd

Events | The driver who plowed through the crowd last month at the annual SDCC ZombieWalk: San Diego, injuring a 64-year-old passersby, has given an interview providing his version of the event, saying he had turned off the engine to wait for the parade to pass when participants began surrounding his car. The situation quickly escalated, he says, when a spectator sat on the hood and hit the windshield, shattering it, and another person opened the back door. “I got scared. That’s when I plowed my car through the crowd,” says the unidentified 48-year-old. “I had to do this to save my family because of the crowd. I couldn’t tell if the parade was done.” He adds, “I felt awful about it. I just couldn’t believe that I actually hit the old lady.” [iDeafNews, Times of San Diego]

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Comics A.M. | ‘Hi Score Girl’ recalled amid copyright allegations

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Hi Score Girl, Vol. 4

Legal | Japanese publisher Square Enix is voluntarily recalling all volumes Hi Score Girl and has suspended its digital distribution and sales following allegations the manga contains more than 100 unauthorized uses of characters owned by the game company SNK Playmore. However, the series will still continue to run in the monthly Big Gangan magazine, and a Square Enix spokesperson said the publisher isn’t admitting to the allegations. The publisher sent mixed signals on whether the anime adaptation in development will continue as planned. The manga also contains characters from games produced by CAPCOM, Sega and Bandai Namco, all of whom confirmed to IT Media that they had granted permission. [Anime News Network]

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Hot Toys’ Rocket and Groot set is really cool, really expensive

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Start saving your money now, collectors. Hot Toys has unveiled its Rocket Raccoon and Groot action-figure set for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. It’s undeniably awesome (and I say that as someone who hasn’t collected action figures since childhood), but it’s also $360. I should point out, however, that you can set up a payment plan, which seems absolutely crazy for a toy, but what do I know.

The “movie-accurate” figures come with a weapon (for Rocket), an interchangeable angry expression face (for Groot) and interchangeable hands (for both). See more details and photos on the Sideshow Collectibles website. You can preorder now for shipping in March. Did I mention it’s $360?

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Is Rocket Raccoon poised to become Marvel’s Mickey Mouse?

guardians1As Marvel prepares for the August premiere of its biggest movie gamble to date, Guardians of the Galaxy, we’ve seen its publishing division reposition what once was an oddball, third-tier concept as a first-rate, if still oddball, franchise, first with the flagship title written by Brian Michael Bendis and next with Rocket Raccoon by Skottie Young.

As interesting as that transformation may be, I’m utterly fascinated by how Marvel’s parent company Disney has gone all in on merchandising an adaptation of a comic that, this time last year, no one outside fan circles had ever heard of. Granted, with the production budget for Guardians of the Galaxy in the neighborhood of $150 million (and probably nearly that much for marketing), the studio can’t afford to be timid.

Still, Disney Consumer Products has lined up more than 50 licensees, from Hasbro and LEGO to Mad Engine and Freeze, for what it views as Marvel’s Next Big Thing, at least as far as merchandise is concerned.

“It is always exciting to launch something new in consumer products, as we did with Iron Man in 2008,” Paul Gitter, senior vice president of licensing for Marvel at Disney Consumer Products, said in a statement. “By showcasing what is unique about this amazing new film we are able to develop a third Marvel franchise that can be at retail alongside our powerhouse franchises of The Avengers and Spider-Man. Continuing to diversify the Marvel offerings for consumers is a key strategy of ours.”

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David Petersen’s take on Rocket Raccoon is, of course, amazing

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Mouse Guard creator David Petersen is no stranger to Rocket Raccoon, having drawn him a couple of years ago for the online Official Handbook to the Marvel Universe REDUXE Edition; he’ll do so again for the variant cover of Marvel’s Rocket Raccoon #1, arriving in July. However, he also tackled the fan-favorite character in a pair of commissions for Emerald City Comicon, to predictably fantastic results.

He shares his process for both pieces on his blog, alongside Mouse Guard and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles illustrations.

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Best of 7 | Rocket Raccoon goes solo, ComicsPRO buzz, Jellaby returns and more

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Welcome to Best of 7, where we talk about “The best in comics from the last seven days” — which could be anything from an exciting piece of news to a cool publisher’s announcement to an awesome comic that came out.

And what a week it was, as we learned about a new Rocket Raccoon series by Skottie Young, Paul Levitz getting a new gig at BOOM!, the return of Jellaby and more. So let’s get to it …

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NYCC ’13 | Marvel reveals convention exclusives

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With New York Comic Con just nine days away, Marvel has announced the lineup of new and exclusive merchandise from comics, television and film that will be available for purchase at the company’s booth (#1354). The items range a Rocket Raccoon plush with Skottie Young print to assorted glass tumblers to T-shirts featuring Pizza Dog, Groot and Rocket Raccoon, and the periodic table of Thor: The Dark World.

See the list below. New York Comic Con will be held Oct. 10-13 at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.

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What Are You Reading? with James Hornsby

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Hello and welcome to What Are You Reading?, our weekly look into the reading habits of the Robot 6 gang. Today’s special guest is James Hornsby, the cartoonist behind Botched Spot and Over Like Olav.

To see what James and the Robot 6 crew are reading, click below …

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NYCC | Marvel rolls out convention-exclusive items

With just a week to go until New York Comic Con kicks off, Marvel has unveiled a rundown of convention-exclusive merchandise that will be available only at the publisher’s booth (#1838). The items range from the Rocket Raccoon/Guardians of the Galaxy coffee mug above — someone from the Comic Book Resources contingent needs to snag me one, please — and a lithograph to T-shirts and variant covers. (Note that the Marvel booth apparently only accepts credit cards.)

Check out the full list below. New York Comic-Con runs Oct. 11-14 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.

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Comic Couture | Rocket Raccoon and Johnny the Homicidal Maniac shirts

You might have heard that Marvel has a big blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy movie on its docket for 2014. The film will not only tie into their whole movie continuity thing they’ve got going on with the various Avengers movies, but will also introduce Rocket Raccoon to millions of audience members. Comic fans have known about the awesomeness of Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen’s creation for decades, but no doubt his appearance on the silver screen will lead to billions of Rocket Raccoon dolls, shirts and Underoos making their way into households all over the world. Here’s your chance to get a jump on the rush, as WeLoveFine.com, who regularly dig deep into the wells of Marvel characters for their shirts, offer a Rocket Raccoon T-shirt. That’s his classic Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe image by Mike Mignola, if I’m not mistaken.

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Indie artists reinvent Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe

Did you read encyclopedias for fun as a kid? Do you like comics? If so, then “Calamity” Jon Morris has just the project for you. Paying homage (with a side of classy art) to the epic Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe,  Morris has gathered a group of non-traditional artists to reinvent the portraits that graced the original encyclopedia series in what he’s calling The Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe –Reduxe Edition.

I’ve recruited literally hundreds of artists to redraw the almost-1,000 entries of the original 1980’s Official Handbook Deluxe Edition! What madness!,” Morris says on his Tumblr page. “It starts with Uatu, with new entries by Joel Carroll, Thomas DiSpigna and Erica Henderson coming later today, check it out!”

This madness (as Morris puts it) started just two days ago with his portrait of Uatu the Watcher, but Thursday’s new entry takes the cake. Mouse Guard creator David Petersen tackling Rocket Raccoon:

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