Warm Up With Kirby Krackle and The Doubleclicks

cold outside

Though we’re still three weeks away from the official start of winter, the cold weather seems to have gotten here early for many of us. The recent chilly nights served to remind me of one of my favorite seasonal releases, this Star Wars-inspired gem from Kirby Krackle and The Doubleclicks. Continue reading

Nine Peeks at the Joy within The Making of Return of the Jedi


From different versions of the opening crawl to storytelling conversations between George Lucas and Lawrence Kasdan to the visions of concept artists and the unparalleled practical effects work of Industrial Light & Magic, J. W. Rinzler’s The Making of Return of the Jedi will delight Star Wars fans. Continue reading

Costume Hoodies: My Costuming Protip for Geek Parents

Wearing their costume hoodies Spiderman and Ironman team up to fight evil on a chilly fall afternoon. Photo by Ryan Carlson 2013

We recently discovered the existence of costume hoodies and they are a new family favorite. In addition to having an increase in fun super hero imaginary play, my kids haven’t fought me a single time these past few weeks about having to put on something weather appropriate for a chilly afternoon. Continue reading

At Conventions, Skywalkers, Bagginses, Batmans and Lannisters Provide Back-to-School Lessons in Tolerance

Can't we all just get along? (Image: Flikr)

Whether they were born on Tatooine or Krypton, play Grand Theft Auto V or Cloudberry Kingdom, or watch Walking Dead or True Blood, factions from these diverse but often opposing universes, posing with their fake laser blasters and purple-tinted wigs at conventions, manage to get along, at least for one weekend. Why can’t the rest of us? Continue reading