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Wednesday, March 19 2014 18:33

Three Months 'Till Father's Day: Will The Force Be With Your Special Dad?

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It's hard to believe, but THE ROCK FATHER (as a website) will enter it's fourth year of operation on Father's Day 2014, and today something landed in my inbox that has "Father's Day" written all over it... especially for Dads that are down with the Dark Side, just as I. I'm talking STAR WARS, and I'm talking Vader here... but as a Father - straight outta Jeffrey Brown's adorable books, DARTH VADER AND SON and VADER'S LITTLE PRINCESS. Just in-time for Father's Day 2014, Gentle Giant will bring these stories to life with a pair of limited edition maquette and book bundles, each limited to just 1,500 pieces. They'd make perfect gifts, and can be pre-ordered now via my friends at Entertainment Earth. Check 'em out below...

STAR WARS: VADER'S LITTLE PRINCESS MAQUETTE Statue

vaderleiaGentle Giant Ltd. and Chronicle Books are proud to bring the hilarious and sweet VADER's LITTLE PRINCESS comic to life! The artisans at Gentle Giant Studios have captured the hilarious and sweet comic re-imagining Darth Vader as a dad like any other - except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Traditionally sculpted by the Artisans at Gentle Giant Studios, no detail has been overlooked on this Star Wars Vader's Little Princess Maquette Statue. Based on Jeffrey Brown's Vader's Little Princess book; this individually hand-numbered cold-cast polystone collectible has a bottom stamp with a matching certificate of authenticity and is a limited edition of 1,500 pieces. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown's delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include Leia's embarrassment at being dropped off at school in an AT-AT Walker, learning to pilot a TIE Fighter, boyfriends ("Rebel scum!"), and the special bond shared between any father and daughter. This fantastic limited edition, hand-numbered collectible maquette comes with an exclusive edition of the Vader's Little Princess book with 16-page signature of the original black and white concept sketches from Jeffrey Brown! These sketches have not been released to the public until now, and are exclusive to this boxed set, and it even comes with a full-color illustration from Jeffrey Brown printed on the board and packaged in a vellum sleeve. The book cover and spine will be printed with color foil stamps and spot gloss varnish. 

Pre-Order Now from Entertainment Earth

STAR WARS: DARTH VADER AND SON MAQUETTE Statue

vaderlukeBased on Jeffrey Brown's Darth Vader and Son book; this individually hand-numbered cold-cast polystone collectible has a bottom stamp with a matching certificate of authenticity and is a limited edition of 1,500 pieces. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown's delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include lightsaber batting practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star ("Er, he looks just like you, Lord Vader!"), and the special bond shared between any father and son. This fantastic limited edition, hand-numbered collectible maquette comes with an exclusive edition of the Darth Vader and Son book with 16-page signature of the original black and white concept sketches from Jeffrey Brown! These sketches have not been released to the public until now, and are exclusive to this boxed set, and it even comes with a full-color illustration from Jeffrey Brown printed on the board and packaged in a vellum sleeve. The book cover and spine will be printed with color foil stamps and spot gloss varnish. 

Pre-Order Now from Entertainment Earth

Jeffrey Brown is the author of numerous graphic novels and comics, including Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Cats Are Weird. A lifelong Star Wars fan, he lives in Chicago with his wife and 5-year old son.

MAY THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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