Jim MacQuarrie

When he's not arming children for the zombie apocalypse or coaching the USC Trojan Archery team, Jim is writing about "all the stuff that would have gotten you a wedgie in 1976" at AtomicJunkShop.com and serving as the President of CAPS, the Comic Art Professional Society. His kids are all grown up, and his wife is patiently waiting for him to do likewise.

Ten Things Parents Should Know About ‘The Call of the Wild’

Beautifully photographed, the latest film version of 'The Call of the Wild' is a warm and family-friendly adventure story. Perhaps…

Send a Random Pig With Age Hams

A sixth-grade student created an absurd business proposal for his school's entrepreneurship club's contest; when he won, Owen Shakelton and…

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

Solo, the latest entry in the Star Wars saga is a fast-paced action movie, a heist film, a love story,…

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘A Wrinkle in Time’

Disney's live-action version of Madeleine L'Engle's science-fiction fantasy classic, 'A Wrinkle in Time,' is a cotton candy movie: brightly colored,…

I Was a “Crisis Actor”

We've been hearing a lot of talk about so-called "crisis actors." As it happens, I have a little experience in…

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Red Sparrow’

A friend recently joked that Red Sparrow is the result of Fox saying that if Marvel isn't going to make…

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Black Panther’

Marvel's latest film is a revelation, a movie that is long overdue on many counts. There's going to be a…

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Thor: Ragnarok’

The umptee-ninth installment of the ever-more-sprawling Marvel Cinematic Universe hits theaters November 3, returning Chris Hemsworth's God of Thunder (and…

Sponsored: TeamSnap Organizes Your Team

Anyone who has ever been involved with organized sports knows that there are an untold number of administrative tasks that…

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Alien: Covenant’

The sixth (or eighth, if you count the 'Alien vs. Predator' films) installment of the 'Alien' franchise is a direct…

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’

The long-awaited sequel to Marvel's most oddball film has finally arrived, opening May 5 in the US, and it lives…

Genius: National Geographic’s Life of Einstein

National Geographic's first scripted program, 'Genius,' explores the life of the man whose name has become synonymous with the title.…

Artemis Returns: A Chat With Madison McLaughlin

Actress Madison McLaughlin joined the cast of 'Arrow' as Evelyn Sharp at the end of the fourth season and returned…

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Doctor Strange’

Marvel's 14th film, 'Doctor Strange,' adds magic to what had previously been a science-based world. It's a worthy entry in…

The Doctor Strange Cast Talks

The Beverly Hills Montage Hotel welcomed most of the cast of Doctor Strange for a press conference on October 20.…

Creepy Clowns and Your Kids

There has been a spate of incidents recently in which people dress up as scary-looking clowns and hang around creepy…

‘Leave it to Chance’ 20th Anniversary Slips By Unnoticed

Before there was a Harry Potter, there was Chance Falconer. Smart, fearless, resourceful, Chance is exactly the girl hero that…

Talking with The BFG and Friends

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Steven Spielberg and some of the cast members of 'The BFG'…

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘The BFG’

Steven Spielberg takes a break from his run of important historical films (Lincoln, Bridge of Spies) to film a charming…

The Designated Grown-Up

Like the Designated Hitter in baseball, or the Designated Driver in drinking, to a parent the Designated Grown-Up is the…

Word Nerd: Take a Lode Off

Today's Word Nerd installment is a somewhat rare type, where a common word and an old and obscure one share…

‘Captain America: Civil War’: How to Make an Ensemble Super-Hero Film

The third installment of Marvel's 'Captain America' franchise could just as easily be marketed as the third 'Avengers' movie, though…

Cap vs. Iron Man: The Press Panel

On Sunday, April 10, the cast of 'Captain America: Civil War' assembled in a ballroom at West Hollywood's London Hotel…

Why I Coach

First off, it's never about the sport. At least not for me. It's about the athletes; where they are, where…

‘Frank and Steinway’ Kickstarter

Wil Panganiban's 'Frank and Steinway' is an entertaining and amusing comic strip built around the premise that Frankenstein's monster and…

A ‘Big Bang Theory’ Tour of Pasadena

Earlier this week, Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek declared Thursday, February 25 to be "'Big Bang Theory' Day" to commemorate the…

Long Beach Comic Expo Ticket Giveaway

Our friends at the upcoming Long Beach Comic Expo were kind enough to partner with us to give away free…

Word Nerd: Duel Identity

In a recent conversation on Facebook, I saw someone discussing the current presidential campaign, in which he referred to the…

8 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Zoolander 2’

Fifteen years after 'Zoolander' became a cult classic, Ben Stiller returns to his role of a really, really good-looking (and…

Happy Gorilla Suit Day!

As longtime readers of GeekDad are aware, National Gorilla Suit Day is one of the many annual events we celebrate…

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