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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...

Wednesday, August 17 2016 11:50

Giveaway: Win a Scholastic LEGO Nonfiction Prize Pack!

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We all know and love LEGO® for their iconic bricks and building sets, along with their growing collection of pop culture mashups, crossovers and fictional works like LEGO STAR WARS, The LEGO Movie, LEGO Dimensions and  the forthcoming The LEGO BATMAN Movie. While you know those, what you might not be familiar with is LEGO Nonfiction - the result of two powerhouse brands, LEGO and Scholastic, coming together to reinvent children's nonfiction publishing for kids ages 4-12. In this innovative new publishing program, LEGO models and minifigures are illustrated in fun and fantastic scenarios throughout as the first point of engagement for kids with real-world topics. This program represents a marriage of core values between LEGO and Scholastic: imagination, creativity, fun, and learning, as well as providing the most engaging, educational information for children. To celebrate the collaboration, THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine has partnered with Scholastic to give readers a shot at winning a fantastic LEGO Nonfiction Prize Pack that includes the first four books in the collection, plus a $50 LEGO Gift Card! Learn more below...

Tuesday, July 19 2016 00:02

Sans Blood, KISS Heads Back to Comics...

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It's a famous story that dates back to the late 1970s - with members of KISS lending their own blood to the ink from which their first standalone comic would be printed. From their 1977 appearance in Howard the Duck #12 and 1978's Marvel Comics Super Special: KISS (the one with the blood), KISS has been in-and-out of print,  Now, nearly 40 years later, Dynamite Entertainment has revealed that KISS is coming back into the comic book realm.

We've been fans of Her Universe here at Rock Father HQ for quite awhile, I myself having ordered some items for The Rock Daughters from time to time. Now, after leading the charge in Fangirl fashion with styles from STAR WARS, MARVEL and more, Her Universe Press has issued what they're calling "the ultimate accessory" for Fangirls, just in-time for the summer convention season to get started - Fangirls: A Coloring Book for Girls Who Like Stuff. Geared toward "geeky girls who love comics, sci-fi, gaming, cosplay and everything else celebrated in the wonderful world of fandom," Fangirls is available now through Amazon.com and your local Barnes & Noble store.

I'd like to think that I know a thing or two about VOLTRON, and as someone that holds the 1984 version of the property in high regard and has seen numerous reboots try (and fail) to make a splash, I feel confident that we're on the cusp of a new golden era for the familiar Lion Force. With the Netflix Original Series, DreamWorks' VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER streaming starting June 10, fans looking for new adventures will have a whole new chapter waiting for them in print: comic books from Lion Forge Comics - the folks who brought KNIGHT RIDER and MADBALLS into print. Releasing in July, the comic series expands the adventures of the paladins of Voltron with the first of a five-part series of VOLTRON: LEGENDARY DEFENDER comics. The mini-series is the first of several planned expansions of new storylines between seasons.

Comic books are certainly a family affair, and when it comes to those for younger readers, the work of Chicago artist Art Baltazar comes to mind - particularly SUPERMAN FAMILY ADVENTURES, TINY TITANS, and DC Comics SUPER-PETS. The latter recently spawned a new line of plush toys that are based on the lesser-known sidekicks of some Earth's mightiest heroes. Indeed, every Super Hero needs a Super Pet, and two of the newest plush releases are none other than Superman's (or Superboy, depending on continuity) trusty dog Krypto, and Shazam's cuddly bunny, HoppyDC Collectibles and I have teamed-up to give readers of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine a chance to win one of two pairs of DC Comics Super-Pets Plush! 

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