GeekDad: The Formative Years III


Continuing in our ongoing series in which the GeekDads reveal the influences that transformed them into geeks, here are the Secret Origins of Jim MacQuarrie and Roger Mullins. I get to go first because I’m older. Continue reading

Mabel for President: GeekDad Interviews Kristen Schaal


Kristen Schaal is one of those rare personalities that seems to pop up in all my favorite television series at some point, but to my kids she’s simply Mabel Pines from Disney Channel’s Gravity Falls. Continue reading

The Dungeons & Dragons Cartoon: 30 Years Old Today


Thirty years ago today, Dungeons & Dragons came to Saturday morning cartoon land. Whether you think this was a good thing or not probably depends (as some wizard/crazy old man once said) on your own point of view. Continue reading

Tonight’s New Gravity Falls Takes a Trip Through Grunkle Stan’s Mind (With First-Look Clip!)


The heroes of the brilliant Disney Channel cartoon show Gravity Falls – Mabel, Dipper, and Soos – have been to lots of strange places before, and seen all sorts of scary things. But in tonight’s new episode, “Dreamscaperers,” they’ll be going to the most bizarre, unsettling place possible: into Grunkle Stan’s mind. Continue reading

Transformers, Connecting the Generations


There are plenty of card and board games that have endured for generations — many of them that arguably didn’t deserve to. But, because of the evolution of the technology behind toys, relatively few classics have made it through the years to appeal to today’s kids as much as they did to their parents when they were kids — at least, not without fundamental changes to the way they work.

And then there are Transformers. Continue reading

Hobbit Week: The First Unexpected Party — Revisiting 1977′s Hobbit

The 1977 animated television adaptation of The Hobbit – like its title character, perhaps – holds up far better than expected, 35 years later.

While the story has been compressed to a TV-friendly 77 minutes and there are some visual and … Continue reading

Classic Max Fleischer Superman Cartoons Are (Officially) On YouTube

Something to cure your post-Back Friday sticker shock blues: episodes of the wonderful 1040’s Superman cartoons, whose stylish look strongly influenced the late 1990’s Superman: The Animated Series, have been put on YouTube by Warners in their remastered DVD-quality glory. … Continue reading

Spooky Saturday Halloween Party With Scooby-Doo

Scooby-Doo, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck will greet visitors and pose for pictures at the Spooky Saturday Halloween 2012 event on October 27. From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills. Warner Bros. … Continue reading

Google Doodle Honors Macabre Cartoonist Charles Addams on His 100th Birthday

Before Gomez and Morticia snapped their fingers, before Thing fetched the mail, before anyone was “altogether ooky,” Charles “Chas” Addams created the Addams Family and other strange characters in his many cartoons. Over a nearly 60-year career, Addams drew more … Continue reading

ThunderCats Roar Back With ‘Epicness,’ Moral Lessons

The rebooted animated series’ inaugural season resumes Friday night with “Berbils,” in which the band of refugees encounter a village of robot bears in need of assistance. Watch an exclusive clip from this week’s episode and get producer Michael Jelenic’s … Continue reading

Wordstock Interview: Shannon Wheeler

Shannon Wheeler is an incredibly prolific cartoonist. He’s probably best known for his underground comic Too Much Coffee Man, but he has also drawn comics for the New Yorker and has several other books that have come out recently. He … Continue reading

Matt Trakker: Ultimate GeekDad or Irresponsible Father? (GeekDad Weekly Rewind)

Remember M.A.S.K.? It was a cartoon from the ’80s that sort of crossed G.I. Joe with Transformers: heroes wearing masks with special powers fought criminals while driving transforming vehicles with hidden weapons. I remember watching it with my brother, and … Continue reading

Legends of the Joystick: Where Are They Now?

Gene Luen Yang and Thien Pham, author and illustrator of the recent Level Up graphic novel, have been having fun with classic video game characters over at Each four-panel comic is a sort of “where are they now?” with … Continue reading

Psychology of Cartoons – Part 2: Sociology of The Smurfs (GeekDad Weekly Rewind)

Growing up in my generation (1980s) and prior, going back to the advent of the television, it was inevitable that our young minds would be shaped by the world around us, including the technicolor world of television. While what we … Continue reading

Congratulations to James Kochalka, Vermont Cartoonist Laureate!

Congratulations to James Kochalka, who has just been picked as Vermont’s first Cartoonist Laureate! (Alaska is the only other State to have picked a Cartoonist Laureate before: Chad Carpenter was recognized in 2008.) The position officially starts March 10, but … Continue reading

Road Trip! Destination: Motorcity

Evil, resource-rich overlord? Check. Scrappy rebels? Check. Battleground? Detroit. Disney’s XD network sounds like it’s gunning for a familiar-but-fun feel with next fall’s Motorcity cartoon series, which has just started production. Motorcity will be “set in a futuristic Detroit after … Continue reading