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SERIOUS students of heroic small animals know that Rocket Raccoon was originally a rip-off of Rocket J. Squirrel (which makes his closest ally a kind of a Bullwinkle Groot). Is it really coincidental that the Rocket Raccoon comic series started at the same time as The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl?
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BI's already one of my regular reads - it's also available on gocomics.com so I can catch it with Lio, Frazz and Pearls Before Swine. I think Meyer is contractually obligated to give them 3 comics a week but is only doing 2; of course, this and most of the other reruns predate the gocomics contract, so "it's new to them". (Has he done a "How to Deal With a Syndicator" yet?)

Also ,another blog was doing a survey of Superhero Parodies and somebody suggested BI's occasional "Adventures of Rocket Hat" as one of the best. Can't argue with that.
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I was a fan of the Original Secret Squirrel and I just don't think it's the same if they're not wearing "a bullet-proof coat and a cannon hat". But Marvel's Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is making squirrels as popular as the good old days of Rocky the Flying Squirrel, and I support anything squirrel-positive.
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Well, I worked in talk radio a LONG time ago (as a Phone Wrangler, Producer and Sidekick, never as a Host) and controversy was always a big part of most shows, but since then, being a "douchebag" has become one of the minimum requirements for the job.
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One more thing... the casting of Daniel Craig was controversial... "James Bond can't be played a guy with blond hair!"
And the personality change from Piers Brosnan to Craig was as big a change as the Doctor Who change from Matt Smith to Peter Capaldi (which has led some people to speculate that 007 is a Time Lord).
Or there's the theory considering the 50 year stretch of his adventures (so far) that "James Bond" is just the code name/alias of whoever the current operative to earn the 007 designation is. It does make a binge-watching of the movies a little less jarring.
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When "the powers that be" change the race of a character, it is ALMOST ALWAYS changed to be WHITE. The Pharaoh in Exodus, Tonto in The Lone Ranger, all the heroes in The Last Airbender (but villains remained ethnic); even Katniss in The Hunger Games books was described as several shades darker than Jennifer Lawrence. But when the producers of the upcoming Fantastic Four movie picked Michael B. Jordan to play the Human Torch, comic book nerds went ballistic! For Hollywood, today just as much as for the last century, the "politically correct" thing to do is "whitewash".
But then, if I were to suggest a Black Brit to play James Bond, my first pick would be Richard Ayoade (but lose the hair, keep the glasses). :)
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I must also note that, due to the fact that Mr. Pibb is the Coca-Cola Company's semi-copy of Dr. Pepper AND the Southern California Coca-Cola BOTTLING Company has a long-running contract to also bottle Dr. Pepper (long before it merged with 7-Up, so all the 7-Up brands - including Sunkist - are bottled by somebody else here), you rarely see any Mr. Pibb around L.A., so a lot of people here wouldn't get the soft drink connection, just that Mr. Pibb is a cute name. (I know way too much about corporate conglomerates)
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He had to be Mr. Pibb, he doesn't have the credentials yet to be Dr. Pepper. I once considered naming a dog "Mountain Dewey". Sprite, RC, Shasta, Fanta and Faygo are also good names for something cute and furry... PepsiBlue, notsomuch.
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I think it is theirs too. I've had several 'dumb Americans' point at a tshirt I own that has a picture of a TARDIS without the "Police Box" and other labels and ask "Is that a porta-potty?"
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Success has not spoiled the Grickle! I can understand him being awfully busy for a while - he has a day job at Laika Animation Studios that led to him becoming the co-Director of "The Boxtrolls" (Some of them looked a little familiar, didn't they?). It's nice to see him doing his simple shorts again (I see he also had a Halloween Short this year that apparently went mostly unnoticed). How long have I been a fan? I have a Space Wolf t-shirt.
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Obvious inspiration for the infamous Desert Bus video game, proudly proclaimed as the most boring game ever and weird basis for a PAX charities fundraising video marathon that this year raised over $600K in eight days (I think they put the actual game showing the endless road into a smaller box in the corner of the vid feed every year)
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It's like every casting director in Hollywood in the '60s checked resumes for roles on Twilight Zone, and upon seeing it, decided "he/she's good..." (which would have been a pretty smart thing to do)
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And if you're going to talk about an actor who played multiple roles on Twilight Zone then went on to other things, you should've had an item just for Bill(y) Mumy, who talked to his dead grandmother on a toy phone in "Long Distance Call", was a younger version of Jack Klugman's son (as mentioned above) in "In Praise of Pip" and most iconically, was the selfish little boy with psychic powers in "It's a Good Life". He was one of the hardest working child actors at the time. Among other roles, he was in three "Alfred Hitchcock" episodes (one of them in the unsuccessful hour-long format), and was the little-remembered "third actor to play Darrin" in a Bewitched episode where Endora turned Samantha's husband into a child (best TV trivia factoid EVER). All that before he became Will ("Danger!") Robinson on "Lost in Space", and almost 30 years later returned to TV Sci-Fi as an Alien Ambassador's Assistant in "Babylon 5". (And among other things inbetween, became beloved on Dr. Demento's radio show as half of the goofball duet 'Barnes & Barnes') Is there a "Twilight Zone Alumni" story better? I don't think so.
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No, you won't die of Ebola, but considering "Hot Zone" was a rather exaggeratedly inaccurate depiction of an unlikely situation, its TV adaption will make it more likely for you to die in a panicking mob. The death toll from Ebola Panic should exceed the American death toll from Ebola sometime during the airing of the first episode...
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This takes me back, personally... my high school had a young and daring faculty factory band leader who acquired marching band adaptations of rock songs way back in 1969 when it was totally unheard of. We didn't have enough members to do good formations during halftime shows, but the crowd went wild when we started playing "In A Gadda Da Vida". We also totally confused the people on the street when we played it while marching in the Hollywood Christmas Parade.
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Speed Bump is viewable at GoComics as well as Creators.com http://www.creators.com/comics/speed-bump.html , Yahoo News http://news.yahoo.com/comics/speed-bump-slideshow/ , ArcaMax http://www.arcamax.com/thefunnies/speedbump/ (larger version), Dave Coverly's personal site http://www.speedbump.com/cg_speedbump.php (along with other fun examples of his cartoonery), several newspaper sites... heck, you can't go far in the WWW without stumbling over a Speed Bump. (but a long way to get to that joke)
I do especially like today's Bump... mmmm, bacon!
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...and then put all the money you save in a Wells Fargo (who sponsored the video) savings account and earn... what's the current rate? 0.05%? Wow.
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You don't have to horse me to read xkcd.

This reminds me of an early Smothers Brothers comedy album titled "Tour de Farce", which, being 9 years old, I needed my parents to explain to me was a take-off on "Tour de Force" (or, today, Tour de Horse). That was pivotal in starting my interest in wordplay and puns, do blame Tom & Dick Smothers.
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(psst: the link goes to page two of the list.)

Also, as another B:BatB lover, I wondered why you referred to "golden age" Batman when most of what made this show fun was the "silver age" elements (which the first page of the linked article pointed out). I like that it included two of the 'meta/wacky' Bat-Mite episodes among the Top 10 (well, the Finale was a slam dunk), but while noting many of the stunt castings on the show, it failed to mention that Bat-Mite was voiced by Paul "Pee Wee" Reubens, in one of his finest performances.
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Yes, I moved from L.A. to San Luis Obispo County (up the coast 'tween L.A. and S.F.) a few years after the Rams moved to St. Louis. I halfway expected a cadre of Rams loyalists here, since San Luis IS Spanish for St. Louis, but by then, the love had migrated to the Raiders, since then to be replaced by the 49ers as the Raiders' reputations as 'the bad boys of the NFL' faded into vague memory. Remember that? When the Cowboys were "America's Team", the Oakland Raiders were "Counterculture America's Team". At least they didn't do what a majority of teams named "Raiders" do (according to a recent survey): use a Native American warrior as a mascot.
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