Video Games, D&D, and Farting on the Bus: Bad for You Is Good for You

Video Games, D&D, and Farting on the Bus: Bad for You Is Good for You

Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun is an illustrated tour through cultural freak-outs. The book is a historical look at the hysterical horror adults have felt about kids activities, from comics, games, technology, play, and thought. It’s a fun, surprising and biting survey. GeekDad has an interview with authors Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham. Read More

How to Be a Father and a Filmmaker: Interview with Jeff Stern, Director of The Morning of Everything

How to Be a Father and a Filmmaker: Interview with Jeff Stern, Director of The Morning of Everything

The Morning of Everything is a new film about a father losing himself in the world of childrearing, and the three-year-old son who must journey through a treacherous adult world of fun-house encounters in search of his lost owl, eventually helping the dad find himself again. We speak to filmmaker Jeff Stern about the struggle to be a father and a filmmaker, or any creative person. Read More

Facebook for Middle-earth: Six Degrees of Sauron, Another Project from LOTR Project

Facebook for Middle-earth: Six Degrees of Sauron, Another Project from LOTR Project

With the release of the second Hobbit movie, The Desolation of Smaug, comes the latest insane offering from the LOTR Project—-Six Degrees of Sauron, which shows the connections between characters in Tolkien’s works. Users can type in two characters from Tolkien’s vast legendarium and see the chain of who-knows-who. Perfect for the next time you need to sneak into a Mordor night club. Read More

Q&A with 101 Things I Learned Author Matt Frederick

Q&A with 101 Things I Learned Author Matt Frederick

Matt Frederick’s 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School went on to become a bestseller. The book was such a success, Frederick decided to turn the 101 Things I Learned idea into a franchise, and it now has over 500,000 books in print. To date, he has coauthored, edited, and illustrated six additional books with Grand Central Publishing. The latest is 101 Things I Learned in Engineering School. We sit down with the author to ask him how he did it. And learn some stuff about engineers. Read More

Remember Myst and Riven? Cyan Kickstarter to Fund New Game Obduction

Remember Myst and Riven? Cyan Kickstarter to Fund New Game Obduction

Remember Myst? That amazing, groundbreaking, mind-bending game that mystified you back in the 1990s? Then came Riven in 1997. Then, not much of interest from brothers Robyn and Rand Miller, the team who founded the game company Cyan and dreamed up these two revolutionary, open-ended adventure puzzle games which were the best-selling computer games of the 20th century. This year, Myst, celebrates its 20th anniversary. And now, there’s some new activity. A new game from Cyan. One in the spirit of the first two, and one that just might provide the same tricksy thrills and head-scratching puzzles of Myst and Riven. Read More

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

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

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? Read More

“Worlds Within Worlds”: Shattering Conventions Explores and Exposes Con Culture

“Worlds Within Worlds”: Shattering Conventions Explores and Exposes Con Culture

Writer Bob Calhoun’s new tome is Shattering Conventions: Commerce, Cosplay and Conflict on the Expo Floor, an insightful and fun romp through what he calls “temporary worlds created in concrete convention centers and hotel conference rooms.” We chat about his book, his take on Comic-Con, and the days he used to wrestle men in Sasquatch suits while drunks tossed food at him. Read More

New Album Helps Kids, Parents Cope with Cancer

New Album Helps Kids, Parents Cope with Cancer

Alastair Moock is a musician and father whose life took an unexpected turn when his daughter Clio was diagnosed with leukemia last July. But he turned his sorrow and fear into music. His new album Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids — co-written with Clio — confronts his kid’s cancer struggle with humor, love, pathos and bravery. Read More

Dark Crystal Contest to Revive Franchise

Dark Crystal Contest to Revive Franchise

The Jim Henson Company and Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, are re-booting The Dark Crystal franchise — or so it would seem — with a contest called the Dark Crystal Author Quest. The deal? Fans are encouraged to send in ideas for the “first book in a new young adult series based on the world of the classic fantasy film.” The winner gets a $10,000 contract to write the book. Read More

A Q&A With Bully.com Author Joe Lawlor

A Q&A With Bully.com Author Joe Lawlor

In author Joe Lawlor’s middle-grade mystery Bully.com, a thirteen-year-old detective named Jun Li is accused of a crime he didn’t commit — a cyberbullying crime. To clear his name, Jun launches an investigation that includes hackers, a jealous boyfriend, and other students in his middle school who are also victims of bullying. The result? A story perfect for kids that’s being called “well-plotted” and “clever.” Read More

William Shatner reads Where the Wild Things Are at Denver Comic Con

William Shatner reads Where the Wild Things Are at Denver Comic Con

At the recent Denver Comic Con, he arrived unexpectedly at the children’s story time stage (aka the “Comic Book Classroom Corral”) and delivered a special styling of the Maurice Sendak picture book Where the Wild Things Are. And, yes, Shatner can get away with it. With anything, it seems, at this point in his over-dramatic career. Read More

Five Recent Geeky Things We Like

Five Recent Geeky Things We Like

In my nerdy Internet, the forces of Facebook, Google+, Twitter and George Takei act like a powerful tractor beam to suck up geeky stuff and spit it my way. A lot of junk ends up in the trash compactor on my detention level. But some cool stuff floats to the surface. Here are five examples of recent flotsam and jetsam I’ve collected. Stand back! And be amazed. Read More