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Mr. Peabody and Sherman — THOUGHT CLOUDS #10

Mr. Peabody and Sherman — THOUGHT CLOUDS #10

Mr. Peabody and Sherman IDW Publishing; Sholly Fisch, writer; Jorge 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 own time travel graphic novel series, TimeFlyz, which the Mr. Peabody and Sherman cartoon was one inspiration of many.) Here’s the set up: … Read entire article »

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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 know beforehand is what happened in one movie: the first Star Wars movie. (No, not Episode 1. Don’t be a smart alec.) A Star Wars comic … Read entire article »

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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 mentioned this in our podcast about Christmas movies last year (listen to it here). The Avengers didn’t do it first . . … Read entire article »

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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 knew it was on Disney channel. And once, when my family was in a hotel, I watched an episode with my kids. … Read entire article »

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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 finally released. I had involvement in three series. One, TimeFlyz, was a series I created. Another, Kingdoms, was a bible-based work of … Read entire article »

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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 is one man: animator Hayao Miyazaki. You may be familiar with some of their movies, like the “kid films” Ponyo and … Read entire article »

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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. So I find myself interested in the possibilities of this upcoming animated series on the Disney XD channel. I do not … Read entire article »

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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 . . . well, you get the idea. Some of it was good. Some of it was not. But they engaged my … Read entire article »

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