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Two STAR WARS related stories in one day? That's a bit different here on The Rock Father, but I can't complain (here's the first one), as The Force is strong here at Rock Father HQ, and has been since the release of STAR WARS back in 1977. If you haven't heard, Disney announced today that the STAR WARS Comic Books will be returning to MARVEL Comics in 2015 after being handled by the folks at Dark Horse for more than two decades. It was the MARVEL books that I first experienced as a kid in the late 70s and early 80s, but it was the great treatment by Dark Horse that really helped place STAR WARS back on the map in the 1990s. But, with MARVEL being owned by Disney, a lot of people have seen this move coming since it was announced that Disney bought Lucasfilm back in 2012.

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For Day 12 of 31 Days of Halloween 2013 here on The Rock Father, I'm doing something different... I'm shining the spotlight on something that I created long before becoming a parent... years before becoming "The Rock Father": DEATH WALKS THE STREETS. A multi-genre horror/crime hybrid, DWTS was initially conceived as a screenplay in 2004 - the ultimate mashup between monsters and the mob. I'd completed the screenplay with my friend, Ben Brezinski, and then the project took on a nearly-legendary "life of it's own," in 2005 as we entered into a production deal for a movie... which was then touted as "A Trilogy." I ended up penning the sequel, DEATH WALKS THE STREETS II: THE LONG DECEMBER, and a line of prequel comic books was announced. Problem is, despite scoring a Spike Scream Award Nomination for "Most Anticipated Film," being featured in countless media outlets, getting well into pre-production to the point of soundtrack demos, set/prop/costume design, storyboarding, location scouting, FX tests completed, and a preliminary cast in-place with merchandise already being sold, the movies never happened. Hollywood horror story? Sort of, but some comic books were made...

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I've really been enjoying sharing the world of comics with my kids, and one series we've been known to check out on occasion is DISNEY FAIRIES by PAPERCUTZ. On August 13, Disney Fairies Vol. 12: Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure will be released, a 64-page Graphic Novel based on the popular Disney film. Available in both softcover and hardcover editions, it's a new way for children to experience the world of Tink and friends. Papercutz hit The Rock Father with some preview pages, and I'm sharing them with you tonight. Take a look...

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It's not every day that I get an offer to review something that's available exclusively in the UK and Ireland, but that's just what happened when the folks at Eaglemoss Collections asked me to check out the first couple installments of their new MARVEL FACT FILES collection. Back in March (I've been busy), a package arrived at Rock Father HQ near Chicago via Royal Airmail, and while it's taken me a bit to share some thoughts, I dug in right away. In fact, with FREE COMIC BOOK DAY having taken place this weekend, and IRON MAN 3 in theaters now, this might be the perfect time to discuss this.

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If you've logged into Facebook or Twitter today, you probably know what today is. Yes, it's International STAR WARS Day (May the Fourth Be With You!), but being the first Saturday in May, it's also FREE COMIC BOOK DAY. Last year was the first year I'd blogged about FCBD here on The Rock Father, and some of you might recall that it was pretty disappointing. FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2013? The complete opposite - it was excellent. It also started a little bit early...

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Let me make something very clear: The "Action Toy" aisle of your local retailer is not "the boys' aisle." Action figures are for everyone... just like superheroes... comic books... and a vast assortment of other things that often get assigned a gender by default. I've said it before and I'll say it again - kids should be able to like what they like, and be encouraged to explore whatever interests happen to catch their little eyes. My oldest daughter is pretty well-rounded. She's got quite the assortment of dolls and princess paraphernalia, but as documented here on The Rock Father, she also has a serious obsession with cars, and she digs superheroes. That said, she was pretty excited when a package from STARK INDUSTRIES (via Hasbro) arrived here at Rock Father HQ loaded with a sampling of new toys from IRON MAN 3. What was not exciting for me was watching her preschool teacher compliment all the girls on their dresses the other day, and then make a weird and silent pause when she looked at Addie's MARVEL Comics t-shirt (which she's been wearing on occasion for months). Hence the opening statement of this post.

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