Dead Rabbit Trademark Battle Looming? Image Comic vs. New York Bar

Bleeding Cool has covered the publication of a new comic book by John McCrea and Gerry Duggan called Dead Rabbit. We were rather complimentary about it. It was announced on February 21st at Image Expo. An ashcan was published at C2E2 last month, and the comic is out in September. Well, as long as nothing gets in the way.

Dead Rabbit Trademark Battle Looming? Image Comic vs. New York Bar

Because on February 23rd, two days after the book's announcement, The DRT Group LLC of New York registered a trademark for the words "Dead Rabbit" for use in "Comic books; Fiction books on a variety of topics; Non-fiction books on a variety of topics; Recipe books."

This joins their previous trademark registrations for The Dead Rabbit, covering Bar and restaurant services; Cocktail lounge services; Cocktail lounges; Cocktail parlor services; Restaurant; Restaurant and bar services; Serving of food and drink/beverages; Tavern services; Bar and cocktail lounge services, Burgers contained in bread rolls; Coffee.

Who are DRT Group? Owners of the New York bar, The Dead Rabbit

Dead Rabbit Trademark Battle Looming? Image Comic vs. New York Bar

…whose menus are created as comic books.

Dead Rabbit Trademark Battle Looming? Image Comic vs. New York Bar

And these comics have as their central group of characters, the Dead Rabbit Gang. You can buy them here.

Dead Rabbit Trademark Battle Looming? Image Comic vs. New York Bar

IT'S HERE. AND SO IS HE.

THE FOURTH INSTALLMENT OF OUR NOW LEGENDARY MENU BRINGS DEAD RABBIT GANG LEADER JOHN MORRISSEY BACK TO LIFE. AND, NATURALLY, MAYHEM ENSUES.

*THIS IS A MENU, NOT A RECIPE BOOK.

THE FIRST INSTALLMENT IN OUR SIX-VOLUME SERIES IS AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE.

Dead Rabbit Trademark Battle Looming? Image Comic vs. New York Bar

Hopefully, everyone will be able to come to some kind of happy trademark-based coexistence before the planned publication. Because Dead Rabbit is a great name for the comic book as well as the bar.

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.