EXCLUSIVE: Legendary GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Writer Andy Lanning Talks GOTG Comics, Movie, And More

Posted by: Cameron Logan
Back in 2008, Andy Lanning (along with his writing partner Dan Abnett) began working on the Marvel comic series, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2. The two writers brought together many cosmic characters, such as Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Starlord, Gamora, and Drax (and many more), to form the "new" Guardians that we all know and love. We had the pleasure of talking to Mr. Lanning about his work in comics, as well as the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film. Check out the interview below!

Guard The Galaxy: "Tell us a bit about how you started writing comics and how you broke into the industry."

Andy Lanning: "I actually had my first published work while I was in my last year of college. Thanks to Phil Gascoine, who I met at the Society of Strip illustrator, I drew Boy George’s life story for UK TV tie-in comic, Look-In. From there I ended up working in house as a graphic Designer (my course at college was graphic design and illustration) and drew strips in the evening; anything from Danger Mouse to Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventures. In 1988, I started working for Marvel UK on the Real Ghostbusters comic, this is where I met my future writing partner, Dan Abnett, who was an assistant editor at the time. I wrote and drew a lot of Ghostbusters stuff which led to me and my good friend and co-writer, John Carnell creating The Sleeze Brothers comic which, through a series of fortuitous events, was published as an Epic Comic thanks to Richard Starkings and Archie Goodwin. Because the Sleeze Brothers was published by Marvel US, John and I took a trip to the New York offices and I managed to pitch a Punisher idea Dan and I had come up with in the pub after work to then Punisher editor, Don Daley. I’m pretty sure things don’t happen like this these days, but Don took his phone off the hook, closed his door and let me pitch the idea. Luckily, he loved it and , a couple of hours later, I emerged, grinning like a loon with an eight-issue Punisher series under my belt. The series, called Eurohit, ran as the Summer bi-monthly event and was drawn by Dougie Braitwaite. Dougie, Dan and I went on to work on the Punisher for the next 3 years. I guess that was the start of our US comics careers."


Posted by: Cameron Logan
Marvelous News has gotten their hands on the upcoming Funko Mystery Minis for the upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film. For those who don't know, these figures are a couple inches tall and you never know which one you are going to get when you buy them. Good luck collecting them all. These are just the designs pictured, not images of the actual toys (in case you couldn't tell). They will most likely release in July.

 Will you try to collect them all (like The Collector)? Drop us a comment below!

New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Comic Releases: 4/23/14

Posted by: Cameron Logan
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Guardians of the Galaxy #14
Written by Brian Michael Bendis, Dan Abnett, and Andy Lanning
It's finally here! The 100th issue of Guardians of the Galaxy (of all time). How are the Guardians adjusting back to life without the X-Men? Also, two new standalone stories from Guardians legends, Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. One features the original Guardians, and the other is about Groot on his homeworld of Planet X! This is a BIG issue, so make sure you pick it up!

Original Sin #0
Written by Mark Waid
This is the beginning of Original Sin, the latest Marvel event, which is basically a murder mystery (Who killed The Watcher?). While the issue mainly focuses on Sam Alexander, the new Nova, Rocket Raccoon and Gamora do make a brief appearance in the comic. Also, the Guardians of the Galaxy comic will be tying into this event, so you may want to keep up with it, just in case.

That's all for this week. Will you be picking up Guardians of the Galaxy #14 or Original Sin #0? Let us know what you think in the comment section below!

Weekly GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Poll Results: 4/22/14

Posted by: Cameron Logan
The poll results are in! The question was 'Do you think Groot will change sizes in the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY movie?' And 88% said...

Of course, he's Groot!

This week's poll: 
 'When will Marvel announce the actor for Thanos?' 


Posted by: Cameron Logan
Marvel has just announced that in July, they will be releasing a one-shot comic called, Guardians of the Galaxy: Galaxy's Most Wanted. Here's the description (via PREVIEWSworld):
"From creators Will Corona Pilgrim and Andrea Di Votti, Rocket Raccoon and Groot — your favorite cosmic bounty hunters (and soon to be world-famous movie stars) — leap into action in an all-new adventure! Could it possibly happen? Is Groot attempting to arrest…his best bud Rocket? Plus the title contains a reprinting Thor #314, featuring the Thunder God in cosmic combat with the mean, green Guardian known as Drax!"
I don't know about you, but I'm really looking forward to reading this! The cover art (pictured to the left) is probably the coolest Rocket Raccoon and Groot artwork I've seen in a while! Check out more preview pages after the jump!


Posted by: Cameron Logan
UPDATED: Certain Preview Pages Now Have Text.
Next Wednesday (4/23/14), issue #14 of Brian Michael Bendis' Guardians of the Galaxy run will be released, and it is a big one! Not only is it the 100th issue of Guardians (of all time), it will also feature three different comics in one. The three comics are written by Brian Michael Bendis, Dan Abnett, and Andy Lanning (respectively). Here's a quote from the series' editor, Mike Marts (courtesy of CBR):
"In the main story you've got Brian Bendis and Nick Bradshaw telling a captivating story about Peter Quill and the fact that the Guardians are separated and pretty much at the mercy of J-Son of Spartax. You've also got the character of Venom, who has come from Earth and is trying to figure out how he can fit into the Guardians and into the larger Galaxy. Then we've got two extremely interesting stories to wrap up the book. One is written by Dan Abnett and drawn by Gerardo Sandoval, and then another story that is written by Andy Lanning and illustrated by Phil Jimenez."
Check out the preview images after the jump...

MERCH: Preorder These New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Tins, Totes, Cups, and Mugs From Entertainment Earth

Posted by: Cameron Logan

Ready to spend some more money on Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise? Entertainment Earth is hoping you are. They have four new Guardians products (pictured above) available for pre-order. They are (from left to right) Large Tin Totes, 18oz. Acrylic Travel Cups, Large Recycled Shopping Totes, and 20oz. Ceramic Mugs. All four products are expected to be released in early July. Head on over to Entertainment Earth to pre-order them now.

Also, check out larger images after the jump...


Posted by: Cameron Logan
Marvel just aired a new behind-the-scenes look at Guardians of the Galaxy during tonight's new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Check out the video below!

Not much new footage was shown, but we've got the new shots after the jump!

REMINDER: New Behind-The-Scenes GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Footage Tonight During AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

Posted by: Cameron Logan
UPDATE: The clip has aired. Watch it here.

Attention Galaxians! Tonight (4/15/14), at 9pm, during the new episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, Marvel will be airing an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at their upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy film, which is expected to show new footage from the movie. 

As soon as it airs, Marvel will undoubtedly be posting the clip online. We will post the video, as well as screencaps as soon as possible. Keep checking back to GuardTheGalaxy for updates as they happen! 

Weekly GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Poll Results: 4/15/14

Posted by: Cameron Logan
The poll results are in! The question was 'How many times will you see Guardians of the Galaxy in the first month?' And the winning answer is...

2-5 Times!

72% of our visitors said they will see the film 2-5 times in the first month, while 16% said they'd only see it once (yeah, right). 11% said they'd watch it all 31 days of the first month. 

This week's poll: 
 'Do you think Groot will change sizes in the GUARDIANS movie?' 

Rocket Raccoon Soars Through Mid-Air In This Brand New GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Promotional Display

Posted by: Cameron Logan
A source has sent us a picture of this cool new Guardians of the Galaxy promotional display. It was taken at The Walt Disney Company in Mexico City. The display features new images of Starlord and Rocket Raccoon that we've never seen before. Not sure if this display will make it to theaters in the United States, but keep an eye out. Check out the image below, and drop us a comment! 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY News Roundup: 4/13/14

Posted by: Cameron Logan
Greetings, Galaxians! We've got a few bits of Guardians of the Galaxy news for you, so we decided to compile them into one "roundup" post (just to make things easier on all of us). Well...what are we waiting for? Let's get to it!

Behind-The-Scenes Clip of Guardians To Air Tuesday Night on ABC
This Tuesday night, at 9pm EST, tune into Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC, for an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Guardians of the Galaxy film. It is currently unknown how much new footage will be revealed, but we can probably expect something similar to the exclusive MTV segment that aired last week. Check back here after the segment airs, as we will be posting a video of the clip as soon as it is made available (as well as screencaps).

First Look at Free Comic Book Day Guardians Comic
For those of you who live under a rock, Free Comic Book Day is a holiday where local comic book stores give away exclusive (you guessed it) free comic books to customers. This year, the holiday falls on Saturday, May 3rd, and there will be two free Guardians-related offerings. One is a Rocket Raccoon one-shot comic, written by Joe Caramagna (who we recently conducted an interview with), and the other is a Guardians of the Galaxy comic, written by Brian Michael Bendis. 

Thanks to blog, The Spinner Rack, we now have our first look at the latter comic, illustrated beautifully by Nick Bradshaw and Scott Hana. The comic features Starlord with his updated "movie look," featuring his mask, and signature red jacket. Click the image to the right to enlarge.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Gaming Update With Leo Wyld

Posted by: Leo Wyld
Cosmic greetings, all! This is your Raccoonatic Commander. No, this is not another issue of Flarkin' Awesome! (Taking a short break from that for now). But I did want to give ya some news related to some Marvel game stuff.  I have news primarily about two games: Marvel Heroes and Marvel Avengers Alliance.

Avengers Alliance Update: 4/14 - After running this article, I got contacted by some long-time players of the game.  Apparently, exclusive does not *really* mean exclusive. All PvP tournament heroes have eventually become purchasable with command points. That's the good news. The bad news is that all PvP tournament heroes have eventually become purchasable with command points. Based on history, it will be about three months from this writing before Rocket can be bought with command points. Still frustrating, but at least there is something to look forward to (although there will still be that taunting popup each login). If you want to give feedback to the AA people about this, their Twitter handle is @MarvelAlliance, they also have a Facebook page and forum.

I'll get the bad news out of the way first.  You may recall we ran a story about the Guardians of the Galaxy being planned additions to the Facebook game Marvel Avengers Alliance. The first of the team arrived and it is a little guy with an awesome buncha' fans.  But here's the bad news, he is advertised as a PvP exclusive and a prize for winning top league in the PvP.  I'd be surprised if I could win a single match in PvP, let alone the top prize and I have a feeling many would be in the same boat.  People who compete in such things are ruthless, sneaky, and I would not be surprised if some found exploits to use. Not to mention that the best weapons and gear cost gold.  Gold costs real money.  You can earn gold for free, but slowly.  And, since this particular competition has a limited time duration, it essentially makes it pay-to-win, or rather, pay-to-have-a-chance to win Rocket Raccoon. I apologize for any Raccoonatics who started playing this game after hearing that Guardians announce, hoping to one day play their favorite hero (that's what I did), but it looks like that will just not happen for most of us.

MERCH: Collect Your Favorite Heroes With These Upper Deck GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Trading Cards

Posted by: Cameron Logan

Upper Deck Trading Cards have been a staple in many childhoods since the 1980's. They have been known for their cards featuring athletes, celebrities, etc. Now our favorite fictional characters, the Guardians of the Galaxy, will be gracing the rectangular collectibles, starting in August. Thanks to our friend, Rochi Shion of ComicBookMovie, we've got a look at some of the promotional images for the cards. Check the rest of the images out after the jump!

MOVIE IMAGE: New Close-Up BTS Picture Of Chris Pratt As Starlord in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Posted by: Cameron Logan
On the heels of the three images that were revealed yesterday, Marvel has released an awesome new image of Chris Pratt in his Starlord mask on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy. Let us know what you think of the image below!