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Rocket Raccoon first appearance was as “Rocky Racoon” In Marvel Preview #7 and then started going by Rocket Raccoon in Incredible Hulk #271 to most likely avoid getting sued by the Beatles because their song Rocky Racoon was the inspiration for Rocket.
Howard the Duck artist Frank Brunner was tired of having to follow fully scripted stories by Steve Gerber—and tired of Marvel’s refusal to raise his page rate. He left the book, and through a small mail-order company began selling poster prints of a mobster duck, titled “Scarface Duck.” It looked a lot like Howard … but then, hadn’t Howard already looked a lot like Donald Duck anyway? “I was filling a void left by slow-moving Marvel,” Brunner reasoned, “which did not immediately see the potential of the fan market—or of the duck.”The print sold quickly. Gerber wasn’t pleased. He told Brunner he wanted some of the profits from his co-creation.
“Which part of the print,” Brunner asked Gerber, “did you write or draw? What part of the deal did you arrange?”
(Text from Marvel Comics: The Untold Story.)
Alex Goldman: Have you thought about bringing in, say, like an ethicist to, to vet your experiments?
Christian Rudder, founder of OkCupid: To wring his hands all day for a hundred thousand dollars a year?
Closed my OKCupid account.
If you saw #GuardiansOfTheGalaxy and loved Rocket Raccoon, please take time to learn about his creator Bill Mantlo.
I wish I knew which staffer wrote this paragraph, because I’d love to sit them down and tell them why they’re wrong. I was at the show this year and all I saw were people excited as HECK for comics. I spoke to several rooms packed FULL of people, with lines around the corner, who wanted to see Image creators. I was on a manga panel where a crowd of people cheered or gasped or laughed at our choices for best and worst manga. I personally spoke to several dozen of people a day who wanted to read Rocket Girl or Lazarus or Deadly Class or Kung Fu Bible Stories. I watched Jasons Aaron and Latour blow through their signing lines. I watched Scott Snyder hustle to make sure the fans were right. I watched Kelly Sue DeConnick do her thing with aplomb at what seemed like every single moment of the show, and I watched Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction make a couple hundred people a day smile goofily. People kept telling me how good the panels were and how it made them fans of authors they’d never heard of before. One cosplayer said that sneaking her into the Saga signing made her whole weekend.
And that was just the experience of one man working one booth. Boom! was hopping. Fantagraphics looked great. Vertical had some of the best books at the show.
If you were at SDCC and you don’t think comics had a fantastic presence, if you’re judging the significance of comics through whatever announcements to buy things that aren’t out yet came through, you need to adjust your sights. You’re aiming in the wrong direction.
Judge it by the smiles, not the capitalism.
Could not agree more with David, whom I was lucky to see at SDCC. Working at the BOOM! booth, we blew through Lumberjanes and Big Trouble in Little China, two very different books but both great examples of comics can deliver. Because of BOOM!’s commitment to all-ages material, we often see parents share the loves comics with their children. It’s one of the most rewarding parts of doing conventions, SDCC very much included.
Reading Sean Howe’s book on Marvel comics was eye-opening for many reasons. For one, I was struck how people comics choose to subscribe to a self-defeating narrative. The medium’s always on the brink. It gets no respect. You’ve heard it before. I refuse to to subscribe to mentality. The facts would not allow me to even if I wanted. I’ve been editing comics since 2008. Not a long time compared to some, but even in my short tenure I have seen an interest in comics, especially original material, skyrocket. That enthusiasm was alive and well at SDCC this year.
Instead of glorifying violence against women, glorify violence against the foul xenos and the lying heretik.
This is the only one of these memes that has made me burst out laughing.