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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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Artist reimagines heroes, villains in minimalist ‘Masks’ series

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Experimenting with the iconic nature of their costumes, Ukrainian illustrator Yuri Krasnoshchok has distilled the masks and faces of numerous fictional heroes to sparse geometric shapes in a minimalist series called simply “Masks of Superheroes.”

Spider-Man, represented only by those oversize white eyes, is probably the most successful of the bunch, but most of them are almost instantly recognizable, without the aid of the characters’ names.

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This kid has the best Rocket Racoon costume in the galaxy

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When Rocket Raccoon declared “Ain’t no thing like me except me,” he clearly hadn’t met 6-year-old Chase, who was a dead ringer for the tough-talking, furry Guardian of the Galaxy for Halloween.

Created by Chase’s mother, artist Christina Borchardt, the painstakingly hand-made costume has become a social-media sensation, garnering attention from the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, Mythbusters co-host Adam Savage and Ripley’s Believe It or Not.

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Ain’t no thing like this Rocket Raccoon backpack, except this

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Whether you’re off to save the galaxy or simply heading to class (or, y’know, a convention), this Rocket Raccoon Backpack Buddy seems like the appropriate — and appropriately adorable — accessory.

Sold exclusively by ThinkGeek, the officially licensed backpack features plush head, arms, feet and tail, and a zipped compartment that measures 9.75 inches by 8 inches. Although it’s not intended to hold electronics, the website notes the backpack can fit an iPad2.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ gets remixed by Eclectic Method

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DJ and video artist Eclectic Method, who last year took on The Avengers, has now turned his attention to Guardians of the Galaxy, delivering a remix the should please fans of Rocket Raccoon, Groot and, of course, Redbone, whose “Come and Get Your Love” gets a contemporary makeover.

And, yes, “I am Groot” and “a bunch of a-holes” are sampled liberally.

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Photo of the Day | Chihuahuas cosplay as Groot and Rocket

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As the former owner of a Chihuahua with an extensive wardrobe — stop looking at me like that; they get cold! — I’m more than a little envious of the Guardians of the Galaxy fan who had not only the skill but the gumption to create these tiny dog-sized Groot and Rocket Raccoon outfits.

They’re even endorsed by director James Gunn, who posted the photos on Facebook: “This photo just may be the peak of my existence.”

The Star-Lord & Rocket Raccoon hoodies you’ve wanted are here

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ThinkGeek, which already offered Captain America and Winter Soldier hoodies, has added a couple of Guardians of the Galaxy sweatshirts to its lineup.

Seen in July at Comic-Con International, the licensed Star-Lord and Rocket Raccoon hoodies mimic the heroes’ costumes; the former comes complete with mask, and the latter with ears (but alas, no tail). They’re $79.99 each, but they might make a pretty good gift for those Guardians fans in your life. Or, y’know, treat yo self.

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Jake Parker brings extra Groot to ‘Rocket Raccoon #5′

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[Editor’s note: Each Sunday, Robot 6 contributors discuss the best in comics from the last seven days — from news and announcements to a great comic that came out to something cool creators or fans have done.]

Note: This post contains potential spoilers for Rocket Raccoon #5

Rocket Raccoon is one of several comics coming out of Marvel right now where they’ve paired the perfect creator — in this case Skottie Young — with the perfect character, and just let them go wild. (See also: Kaare Andrews on Iron Fist). So when you hear that an issue is going to have a fill-in artist, you have to wonder what kind of effect that’s going to have, if it’s really going to work or not. It all just depends on who they choose, right?

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NYCC | Marvel offers special Marvel Unlimited Plus deal

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To celebrate New York Comic con, Marvel is once again offering access to its massive digital archive for a discounted price.

Through Oct. 16, you can buy a one-year membership to Marvel Unlimited Plus for $69, a savings of $30. Just go to the Marvel Unlimited website, and use the promo code “SAVE30″ at checkout.

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These Marvel-themed cereals would make mornings easier

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Spider-Man had his own limited-edition cereal in the mid-’90s, complete with marshmallows shaped like the Spider-symbol, Peter Parker’s camera, Hobgoblin’s pumpkin bomb and, strangely, Kingpin. So why shouldn’t some of Marvel’s other popular characters get in on some of that sweet, sweet breakfast action?

Designers Crystal Fontan (aka Bamboota) and Elliott Fernandez seem to have wondered the same thing, as they’ve created (alas) imaginary cereal brands like Bifrosted Loki Charms, Tony’s Iron Bran, Cap’N Ameri-Crunch and, yes, Groot Loops (with limited-edition cocoa marshmallows of Groot and Rocket Raccoon).

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Get some great ‘Guardians’-themed art and help Bill Mantlo

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Ahead of the release of Guardians of the Galaxy, Multiversity Comics brought together Rocket Raccoon- and Groot-themed art from an assortment of creators, with selected pieces to be auctioned to benefit writer Bill Mantlo, who suffered irreversible brain damage in 1992 after being struck by a car. Now that auction has gone live on eBay.

There are more than 30 pieces up for bid from such creators as Rafael Albuquerque, J. Bone, Jenny Frison, Sina Grace, Rebekah Isaacs, Tradd Moore, Declan Shalvey, Greg Smallwood and C.P. Wilson III.

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Rocket and Groot go exploring in Calvin and Hobbes mashups

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Undoubtedly the breakout stars of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy, Rocket Raccoon and Groot have emerged as one of the most loveable pairings in recent memory, a relationship immortalized not only on film but in pen and ink, in statues and even in life-sized LEGO. You might even say they’re on a course to become this generation’s Calvin and Hobbes.

Even if you’re not prepared to make that leap, veteran comics artist Mike S. Miller is, creating adorable mashups of Rocket and Groot and Bill Watterson’s beloved creations. He’ll have prints for sale at conventions, but you can order all three online for $50.

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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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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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