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From the page to the screen, JASON BOURNE is one of the most popular and compelling characters in contemporary fiction. Originally created by bestselling author Robert Ludlum, the Jason Bourne series continues with stories by New York Times bestselling writer Eric Van Lustbader, and this month ROBERT LUDLUM’S THE BOURNE INITIATIVE, the 14th book in the Jason Bourne series hit bookstores. To celebrate its release, The Rock Father™ is giving you a shot at winning a hardcover copy of THE BOURNE INITIATIVE along with a $50 VISA Gift Card good toward an "initiative" of your choosing. Are you ready for action?

With the news that Gwendoline Christie would be returning as Captain Phasma for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a big mystery was created in the galaxy: How did she survive the destruction of Starkiller Base in the final moments of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? The answer to that question will be revealed a few months prior to the latest Star Wars film, when writer Kelly Thompson (Hawkeye, Star Wars Annual) teams with artist Marco Checchetto (Star Wars: Shattered Empire, Star Wars: Screaming Citadel) for JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – CAPTAIN PHASMA, a four-part miniseries bridging the events between Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi!

I feel it's time to remind America of something... are you ready? No matter what your political affiliation or lack thereof, it's okay to make fun of our President. It's also perfectly acceptable to question, challenge and take shots at your elected officials. Respect doesn't come with an office or position - it has to be earned. Political humor is timeless, and if you're the President of The United States of America, you are fair game. In my lifetime, I always think of Saturday Night Live and Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford as the benchmark - the earliest clips I can recall. I see people complaining on Twitter about Alec Baldwin as Trump, yet those same folks have no doubt laughed it up about other actors playing Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Nixon, Carter and all of their opponents. It doesn't make any sense, because it is always acceptable to make fun of the President - always. On the printed page, MAD Magazine holds a long history of political humor, and if I recall correctly, it was my dad who bought me my first MAD Magazine (I went though an era of the 80s where I was a regular reader). Now, they're keeping that tradition alive in an era where the jokes write themselves. MAD About Trump: A Brilliant Look at Our Brainless President is out June 20th, and today the folks at DC Comics sent over a preview to Rock Father HQ, and I'm sharing it with you. I don't post a lot about politics here on the site, but as a registered Independent that cannot fully identify with any political party in this country (or any other), I say, "Joke 'Em All!" Anyone remember the comic book, "Great Morons in History: Dan Quayle?" I had that one...

For the first time, I will be attending C2E2 in Chicago this year, and one booth on my must-visit list is that of Dark Horse. Some news came in tonight that following the success of 2016’s Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book and Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book, Dark Horse will be launching two more volumes for Star Trek fans to enjoy: Star Trek: The Original Series Adult Coloring Book—Where No Man Has Gone Before and Star Trek: The Next Generation Adult Coloring Book—Continuing Missions. Personally, I may have to get the latter, as the phrase "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra" is now in my head once more...

"In a world run by machines, humans are an endangered species..."

In what sounds like the thematic inspiration for the latest FEAR FACTORY album, author James Patterson returns for a new novel, Humans, Bow Down - a tale of a robot uprising that doesn't end well for the flesh-and-blood crowd. Now, in collaboration with Little, Brown and Co., The Rock Father™ is helping to celebrate the new book, with an epic giveaway. One (1) lucky reader will receive a hardcover edition of Humans, Bow Down, plus a $100 Visa Gift Card that can no doubt be used to buy survival supplies that will assist with living in a world run by robots!

It's not quite spring, and already I'm writing about fall. Not a huge stretch seeing as Halloween is my favorite holiday (followed by Christmas), and while we've got a full two seasons to go until the return of autumn colors and pumpkin spice, the folks at Papercutz just sent over a look at what's lurking ahead. New Tales from the Crypt, a Scrooge McDuck x Star Wars "Great Parody," a relaunch of Gumby and new volumes of Trolls and Barbie aside, there's werewolves, ghosts, dinosaurs and even a very modern spin on some classic monsters. Check it out...

Wednesday, February 01 2017 22:07

First-Look at DC Comics' Snagglepuss!

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On March 29th, DC Comics will release their March Annuals, and in them they will be showcasing some new ideas for their expanding Hanna-Barbera comics line with 8-page samplers of the new stories. Among them are THE JETSONS by writers Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner with art by Pier Brito, TOP CAT by writer Dan DiDio with art by Phil Winslade, RUFF AND REDDY by writer/artist Howard Chaykin, and SNAGGLEPUSS by writer Mark Russell with art by Howard Porter. For the latter, the crew sent over an early preview page, so check out your first look at SNAGGLEPUSS!

Wizard World, Inc. today announced its 2017 Tour with 16 shows, beginning in New Orleans, January 6-8, 2017 and completing the year in Austin, November 17-19. See the full list below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...

For the past few years, Halloween Comic Fest has put a spooky, seasonal spin on what comic fans experience each May during Free Comic Book Day. Halloween Comic Fest (October 29, 2016) is a fall celebration of comics that offers families a chance to enjoy fun activities at their local comic shop, with a full assortment of free comics available, along with costume contests, artist appearances and more. This year's lineup boasts 19 full-sized comics, along with 13 mini-comics. Among the books available this year are titles from DC and MARVEL, along with numerous indies, spanning series' such as DC SUPER HERO GIRLS, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, Star Wars' DARTH VADER, MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR, GRUMPY CAT, EVIL DEAD, AFTERLIFE WITH ARCHIE, MY LITTLE PONY, POKEMON and more (see them all here).

Tuesday, September 20 2016 13:53

Preview: Disney Publishing's MOANA Book Collection...

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On November 23, Walt Disney Animation Studios' 56th feature film, MOANA, will hit theaters, presenting a new tale of adventure set against a beautiful South Pacific backdrop. Today comes a look at just four of the many books inspired by the film that will be making their way to retailers over the next few weeks, a sampling sent to Rock Father HQ by my friends at Disney Publishing. This is a cross-section of titles that represents something for the entire family. Check out the details and recommended ages below!

Tuesday, September 13 2016 23:35

Video Preview: New METALLICA Book, BACK TO THE FRONT...

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2016 marks the 30th Anniversary of METALLICA's 1986 landmark album, MASTER OF PUPPETS, and today comes the official release of the long-awaited book, BACK TO THE FRONT: A Fully Authorized Visual History of the Master of Puppets Album and Tour. To support the release, the band has issued a trailer in which they reflect on the era and how author Matt Taylor got the go-ahead to make the book happen. See it below...

Caillou has been a fixture in our household every since Addie and I first came upon an episode of the show on either Sprout or PBS Kids about six years ago. A divisive figure among my readership, yes, but a beloved character for The Rock Daughters™, and one whose educational value I firmly stand behind, not just on television, but from the source material: books. We have several of Chouette Publishing's Caillou books here at Rock Father HQ, and now there's an assortment available on YouTube in all-new Read-Along videos direct from the publisher. It's a fun way to bring some of those stories with wherever you may roam, and an assortment of those videos can be viewed now in the player below...

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