Year Of The (ROCKET) Rabbit

Years ago, I had a plan to work on a ROCKET RABBIT graphic novel. Having done comics before, I knew I’d need plenty of time to do the book I had in mind. Inspired by the fact that 2011 had just been the year of the RABBIT in the Chinese zodiac, I thought setting an end-date for my graphic novel project 12 years in the future (IE: now) would give me all the time I needed, and “YEAR OF THE RABBIT” thus became the working title for the book.

Rocket Rabbit & The Professor comics!

Unfortunately, in all the years since then I’ve had many other things to do instead. Like learning to talk & walk again, learning to draw again, rebuilding my career, and climbing out of a sinkhole of medical debt. However, all the while I’ve been chipping away at the project, crudely & slowly thumbnailing with my non-dominant hand. Although this particular YEAR OF THE RABBIT will see no book launch, sadly, it will instead be a year to begin the final art in earnest, polishing years of my lefty scrawls.

Each of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs is further subdivided into elements (wood, fire, earth, metal & water). January 22nd 2023 will be the start of a new YEAR OF THE RABBIT, more specifically a WATER rabbit. So I will try to be fluid this year:

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.”

― Bruce Lee

Hopefully, I’ll post a few ROCKET RABBIT short stories on this blog before year’s end. With any luck, I’ll get the entire project done in time for the next YEAR OF THE RABBIT: 2035. That will be the year of the WOOD rabbit. I’m a wood DRAGON, so hopefully that is a good omen.

恭喜发财! Happy 2023; The Year Of The Rabbit!

13 thoughts on “Year Of The (ROCKET) Rabbit”

  1. James! I’ve been a fan of RR since he (she? it?) was naught but a sparkle in yer eye. I’m perfectly happy to wait a little more.

    • As a robot, I think Rocket is a they/it in terms of pronouns. But I’ve always thought Rocket embodies Professor’s rambunctious & earthy childhood spirit. So there should be some feminine side to Rocket.

  2. We have our treasured 2006 Nerve Bomb Rocket Rabbit Issue #1 on our bookcase here at home … would love to see some more stories and the project fulfilled. JD

  3. If there was anybody capable of”being water” my friend, it’s you. I applaud your tenacity and look forward to the next phase.

    • Thanks Deane. I’ve missed so many personal creative deadlines in the last decade that I’m loathe to tempt another stroke with yet another prediction BUT I hope to have finished a few pages at by year’s end.

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