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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 201431 Days of DEATH WALKS THE STREETS: Day 2 - A lot of people don't realize how far into things we really were in the days when DEATH WALKS THE STREETS (DWTS) was one of the most buzzed-about projects lighting up the 'net. As the screenplay for the first in a series of three planned films was completed in 2004, there were things evolving as the other scripts were being worked on and development and pre-production was underway. Depending on what we were being told at the time, filming was always supposed to be taking place "soon," with dates and locations constantly being pushed for one reason or another. Much of the intended look of the films was coming from Gregory Hill (IMDB | Official Site), a fantastic artist from the east coast who was then-known particularly for his art department work on NBC's LAW & ORDER series', along with feature stints including NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN and THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA. Greg was instrumental in designing everything from logos and costuming to key art, storyboards and sets. The images below represent pre-build concepts from 2006-2007. Since that time, Greg has been extremely busy, working on recent films such as TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. Should the elements ever properly align in the future, I'd love to call Mr. Hill back into action.

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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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Memorial Day is coming. Father's Day is looming. With outdoor activities about to ramp-up, families will be hitting the yard and the deck for some gardening and grilling, and for those looking for something a little bit... different, here's a selection of five crazy items that you won't find at the local "Big Box" (sorry Walmart & Target), but you will find over at ThinkGeek...

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Alternative rock outfit The Nearly Deads have announced dates for 'The Survival Tour," running March 8 - 21

Kicking off in Milwaukee, with a co-headlining slot at the inaugural LIAN Riot Music Series, the band then synchs up with Providence, RI rockers It Lives, It Breathes, from March 9 - 21, as they storm Chicago, Allentown, Baltimore, Springfield, Harrisonburg and other cities along the East coast. The band then returns home to Nashville to open for Halestorm at Cannery Ballroom on March 28.
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Wednesday, February 05 2014 10:40

Review: NERF Zombie Strike FUSEFIRE Blaster

You could say that I know a thing or two about Zombies. While my first exposure to the undead hordes came courtesy of John Landis and his iconic longform video, MICHAEL JACKSON's THRILLER, it's sort of unfortunate that my daughters' first exposure came via a phone commercial for Sprint. Thus is the new age, and it expedited the process of Daddy having to throw down a little knowledge about what exactly these creepy folks are... and how to take care of them. It's hard to be tactful when explaining the Zombie elimination process to children, as I tend to get a little messy, and violent. But, in the interest of being both tactful and tactical, something arrived courtesy of my friends at Hasbro that I had to give a shot... or five. The new NERF Zombie Strike FUSEFIRE Blaster.

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