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A press release hit my inbox today that had me genuinely excited. My wife and I have shared our love of superheroes with our daughters since their birth, and thus I've shared their own growing love of superheroes with readers of this very website -- so the news of DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. and Mattel teaming up for what they're calling "A New Superhero Universe Designed Just For Girls" really hit the spot. DC SUPER HERO GIRLS debuts this Fall, bringing with it "an immersive digital experience, original digital content and digital publishing—providing opportunities for girls to interact with characters, learn about the storylines, and engage in customizable play." In 2016 we will see toys (including  "Mattel's first Action Figures for Girls"), TV specials, movies, apparel, books and more, all with the goal of "building character and confidence, and empowering girls to discover their true potential." We're in, and if you follow my social profiles for THE ROCK FATHER, then you already know why. It was just last Friday that we had "Breakfast With the Superheroes" here with Supergirl and Wonder Woman, but that's happened before...

As readers enter just the fourth month of the new era of MARVEL STAR WARS comics, reactions have been overwhelmingly positive to the fine storytelling on display during the lead-up to J.J. Abrams's THE FORCE AWAKENS this December. While I can't speak for everyone, I'm already starting to have problems keeping up on the release schedule, with multiple titles hitting on different weeks, and daily life making those Wednesday stops at the local comic shop more easier thought of than achieved. While single issues are always cool (and variant collectors have been having a field day with the STAR WARS saga), there's always that saying - "wait for the trade" - that I think will apply to a lot of folks in the months ahead. Pre-orders have already gone live for the first trade paperbacks - collected editions - of the current MARVEL STAR WARS comics. For the ongoing series (STAR WARS, DARTH VADER) these are being presented in volumes, while limited series' (PRINCESS LEIA, KANAN) will be fully collected. Here's when to get 'em, but please note that the final cover art has not yet been released...

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Back in the early 1990s, I'd occasionally pick up an issue of Revolutionary Comics' ROCK 'N' ROLL Comics - unauthorized biographies of popular bands. Over the years, those books have become legendary, with Bluewater Productions serving up reprints not long ago, and new companies stepping into that fold to carry the "rock" torch in comics for the present day. Bluewater is one of them, recently announcing a new OZZY OSBOURNE title to follow those based upon ALICE COOPER, DAVID BOWIE, BONO and others. Another company bringing the rock is ACME Ink through their ROCK & ROLL BIOGRAPHIES series. After launching with a first-issue tribute to SLAYER, Rock & Roll Biographies #2 is devoted to a pair of bands very close to each other, and my heart - FAITH NO MORE and MR. BUNGLE. Check out a video preview below!

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"Just like Daddy, I have a feeling that she'll come to love the Star Wars universe through the original trilogy... and by the time the 2015 reissue of the 1977 original takes place, she'll be just the right age to experience it on the big screen for the very first time." - February, 2012

It was three years ago that I posted STAR WARS - Teaching The Force THE ROCK FATHERTM Way. Those three years already feel like a lifetime ago, as so much has drastically changed since that cold day when little Addie and I had our first big adventure with a Tauntaun and a Wampa outside. Written at a time when THE PHANTOM MENACE was being re-issued theatrically in 3-D as part of a now-discarded plan, I'd referenced a timeline that now no longer exists - a time when a 3-D reissue of the very first STAR WARS had been slated for this year. Instead, I won't be taking my daughter to see the film that Daddy and Mommy enjoyed as children, but taking my daughters (now plural) to see a brand-new adventure that we'll all witness for the first time as a family of four. When I posted that entry, few (if any) could've predicted that Lucasfilm and STAR WARS would be sold to Disney, and the adventures in a galaxy far, far away would continue in such a dramatic way.

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On January 14, 2015, the first new STAR WARS comic books to bear the MARVEL imprint since the 80s will begin arriving at comic shops (new comics day is Wednesday), expanding the STAR WARS world into exciting new directions with stories that will become official pieces of STAR WARS canon. As these new tales take their places in a timeline that includes the motion pictures and select animated series' (like STAR WARS REBELS), these new books will be an excellent starting point to get new readers into comics, while bringing fresh tales with familiar characters to longtime fans like me. If you're curious what the future of STAR WARS comics holds, take a look at my rundown below - a cheat-sheet of what to look for in the months ahead (release dates subject to change)...

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There was a time when the DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS) comic books were available for free on a few major platforms prior to being reissued at digital cover price. Ten years into the DWTS journey, there's still new friends discovering the DWTS world for the very first time, and in the five years since the first comic was published, new readers have been enjoying and experiencing our stories on a weekly basis. For Halloween 2014, we're inviting YOU to experience DEATH WALKS THE STREETS through a FREE DOWNLOAD of DWTS #1 - the Halloween issue!

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