Category: Sci-Fi for Kids

  • Mr. Peabody and Sherman — THOUGHT CLOUDS #10

    Mr. Peabody and Sherman — THOUGHT CLOUDS #10

    Mr. Peabody and Sherman IDW Publishing; Sholly Fisch, writer;┬áJorge Monlongo, artist I have always enjoyed the exploits Mr. Peabody and his boy, Sherman. They are one of my earliest exposures to time travel, an area of sci-fi that I love. (My first published comic was a time travel story, and of course there is my […]

  • THOUGHT CLOUDS: Star Wars #1 (Dark Horse, 2013)

    THOUGHT CLOUDS: Star Wars #1 (Dark Horse, 2013)

    Star Wars #1 Brain Wood, writer. Carlos D’Anda, artist. So there is a new Star Wars comic. A Star Wars comic that tells the story of the characters from MY Star Wars. A Star Wars comic featuring a cover by Alex Ross. A Star Wars comic that, if you read it, all you need to […]

  • An Epic Christmas: Watching Rankin Bass Christmas Specials as an Epic Mini-Series

    An Epic Christmas: Watching Rankin Bass Christmas Specials as an Epic Mini-Series

    UPDATED POST: When I first posted this last year, I mentioned it may be incomplete due to not seeing (or remembering that I had seen, as it turned out) some Rankin Bass specials. I’ve since seen them, and have updated below my thoughts about how they might, or might not, fit into the series. I […]

  • SCI-FI/FANTASY FOR KIDS: Phineas and Ferb!

    SCI-FI/FANTASY FOR KIDS: Phineas and Ferb!

    In a previous podcast that Steve and I co-hosted back in the day, in an episode that is long since deleted and gone, I asked “What is there for the current generation that is as inspiring as Star Wars was for us?” Steve answered: “Phineas and Ferb.” Now, I had heard of this show. I […]

  • SCI-FI/FANTASY FOR KIDS: Zondervan’s Graphic Novels

    SCI-FI/FANTASY FOR KIDS: Zondervan’s Graphic Novels

    A few years ago, I was privileged to be a part of an ambitious publishing plan. Zondervan’s children’s division, Zonderkidz, was going to publish six different graphic novel series. Each series was to be eight books long. Each book was to be 150 pages. A few weeks ago, the final volume of each series was […]

  • SCI-FI/FANTASY FOR KIDS: The Secret World of Arrietty

    SCI-FI/FANTASY FOR KIDS: The Secret World of Arrietty

    My kids and I are huge fans of Studio Ghibli. I love almost everything that I have seen from them, and my kids adore My Neighbor Totoro and Ponyo. Studio Ghibli is a Japanese animation studio. I would compare the studio to PIXAR, perhaps, and the primary force behind their output over the past decades […]

  • VIDEO: Tron: Uprising! (I added the exclamation point)

    VIDEO: Tron: Uprising! (I added the exclamation point)

    Tron is something I’d like us to tackle here at Strangers and Aliens sometime soon, even though the first movie is really old (by real time standards) and the second movie is really old (by American consciousness standards). Still, both Tron and Tron: Legacy were movie that I enjoyed, for different reasons at different times. […]

  • SCI-FI FOR KIDS: Wall*E

    SCI-FI FOR KIDS: Wall*E

    When I was a kid, my imagination was dazzled by Superman and Star Wars on the silver screen and Superfriends and Battle of the Planets on the small screen (among many, many other things), not to mention various comic books like Superman and X-Men and kids books like Narnia and The Littles and . . […]