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Halloween 201431 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: Day 4 - By the time 2008 rolled around, Ben and I were clear of the film deal and on our way to pursuing the comic book prequel on our own. Truth told, this wasn't actually the first time a DWTS comic had been in development. In the early stages of the film project, one of the "producers" paired us with another writer who was equally unknown to develop a prequel as well - then paired that with an art team that Ben and I didn't really have anything to do with. I'm not even 100% certain how that all unfolded, but no real comic book action happened until we took the reigns and made it so. Pictured below are five of the initial character concepts for Michael Labou, Danielle Dante and Malcolm McDermott (Dominick Savini is pictured above). Those who have read the comics will note the differences are pretty drastic, but some of the elements were retained as the evolved. More on that later...

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Halloween31 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: Day 3 - After my co-writer Ben Brezinski and I regained our freedom at the end of 2007, we set out to go a different route with the DWTS project, penning an all-new comic book prequel that was set a few years before the first screenplay, setting up the events of the MASSIVE world we'd created. Some were even calling it "the STAR WARS of horror," and in many ways, that was probably an unconscious (or conscious) template. Now, we'd never done comics before, and since neither of us were artists, we had to hire a crew for the costly job of making our stories into reality, and we wound up with a team that included Guilherme Balbi (Dark Horse Comics' PREDATORS, DC Comics' SUPERBOY), Kurt Hathway (JUSTICE LEAGUE), Javier Tartaglia (ETERNAL DESCENT, Marvel's FANTASTIC FOUR, AVENGERS), and Milen Parvanov (RESIDENT EVIL, GRIMM FAIRY TALES) among others.  All said and done, DEATH WALKS THE STREETS #0 was released to much fanfare at the Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con in 2008, with a Wizard-exclusive variant cover by Mark Kidwell (BUMP, '68) and ended up being named "a must-have variant" by Comics Buyer's Guide.  We released one more issue (the Halloween issue) before the publisher ceased operations. Talk about luck. One cool thing that the DWTS comics did have? A great theme song by Australian rapper KidCrusher. Grab it as a FREE DOWNLOAD below and add it to your 2014 Halloween Music Playlist...

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Halloween 2014While my annual 31 Days of Halloween feature returns this year on the "normal" side of THE ROCK FATHER site, I'm doing something a little bit different here in the "grownups" section - shining a spotlight on my undying epic from a past life. In 2004, I quit my job to chase some creative pursuits, one of which became the (somewhat infamous) transmedia crime/horror property known as DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS). While most of the public didn't learn of the project until around February of 2005, it was in 2004 that it was written, and on December 30, officially set into the world as the first incarnation of the official DWTS website went live. The tagline was simple: VAMPIRES. DEMONS. ZOMBIES. WEREWOLVES. THE MOB. Over the next month, I will be sharing with all of you a look at what was, what could've been, and what may still be from a project that was supposed to be a movie... then a trilogy of films... followed by an enthusiastic group of loyal supporters who watched it crash and burn, then spawned comic books and repeated emergence from the shadows.

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"Why is Baymax wearing carbon fiber underpants?" That's just one question posited in the new trailer for Walt Disney Animation Studios' BIG HERO 6, their 54th Animated Feature, and first to come ripped from the pages of MARVEL Comics. Featuring the voices of Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, with Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada and Scott Adsit as Baymax, the second official U.S. trailer has hit the net and is viewable below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Since at least 2008, I've been writing about the General Mills Monster Cereals every Fall, and since 2011 or so, I've done so right here on THE ROCK FATHER. Last year, General Mills finally caved in and took my advice, not only issuing COUNT CHOCULA, FRANKEN BERRY and BOO BERRY in Retro boxes exclusive to TARGET stores (I have a set of empty boxes here in my office), but they also brought FRUTE BRUTE and YUMMY MUMMY back from the dead. For 2014, the news comes a bit earlier than usual (this post's been on my "to-do list" since last week), but the General Mills Monsters are back - bringing back the core trio, but sadly the Mummy and the Brute are staying in the Crypt again this year. This year's exciting news is that General Mills has finally dumped the embarrassing CGI depictions of the characters that have been featured on the mass-market boxes for a few years, instead bringing forth new versions crafted by the skilled team at DC Comics. Let's take a look...

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Netflix Stream TeamAhhh yes, the end of July. As many of you know, the annual Comic-Con International just wrapped-up in San Diego this past weekend, bringing together the best in pop culture fandom under one roof. While I was not there, I still covered some of the news here on THE ROCK FATHER, all while intently keeping an eye on all things super - because, at the end of the day, it's still Comic-Con, and while it's everything entertainment at this point, the event has a history rooted in the panels of comic books. With that in mind, I'm putting a post-SDCC spin on my Netflix #StreamTeam column this month, highlighting some comic-based, heroic content for you to enjoy with the family on nearly any device.

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