Kid-Kon — A Comic-Con Just for Kids and Their Families

Posted on May 12, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Comic Conventions, which now encompass not just comics or even just sci-fi/fantasy but all of popular culture and lively arts, are thrilling but even the hardiest adults can find them overwhelming. Now there’s a Kid Kon just for children and their families, at the Pasadena Convention Center June 10-11, 2017, and it even has a quiet room (San Diego Comic-Con, take note); a special place for parents with babies and toddlers to chill out. There is a princess party, a superhero gathering, Jedi training, a superhero bash, and yoga for children. Special guests include “Yo Gabba Gabba’s” DJ Lance Rock!

Copyright Kid Kon 2017

Founders Jose and Jessica Prendes write:

Kid Kon is the first-ever fan convention of its kind; a convention with the young fans in mind. As fans of popular entertainment ourselves, we take our two kids to conventions all the time, and half the time they are bored out of their minds because the programming is usually skewed toward an older audience.

We decided that this needed to change.

The goal of Kid Kon is to throw the biggest fandom party any kid has ever seen, celebrating the popular arts like comic books, movies, books, video games, and tv shows that kids are rabid fans of, and giving them a once in a lifetime chance to meet their favorite celebrities in person.

Join us at Kid Kon, where kids of all ages can kick the summer off right!

Get more information and tickets here!

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Rad Women Worldwide: A Book About Women Who Challenged Injustice, Solved Problems, and Created Art That Inspires

Posted on October 9, 2016 at 10:47 pm

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Copyright 10 Speed Press

The author and illustrator behind the terrific Rad American Women A-Z have a terrific new book featuring women from around the world. Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl have selected a fabulous collection of women who challenged injustice, solved problems, and created art that inspires. They range from sea captain Grace “Granuaile” O’Malley to electrifying dancer/nightclub owner Josephine Baker, scholar-nun Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz and protester against the Nazis Sophie Scholl. There are familiar names like Malala Yousafzai and the tennis champions Venus and Serena Williams and lesser-known women like Princess Sophia Duleep Singh, who fought to get women in India the right to vote and the Quintreman Sisters, who advocate for environmental protection in Chile.

The thoughtful, insightful mini-biographies, the courage and curiosity and determination of the wonderfully diverse women, and the striking woodcut illustrations will captivate young readers and lead them to read more about science, human rights, and to think about the “rad” projects they can pursue as well.

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Exclusive Clip: VeggieTales Season 4

Posted on September 22, 2016 at 6:00 am

After Motato takes over Ichabeezer’s lawn, the grumpy homeowner enlists the help of supervillain Yambot (voiced by Tony Hale) for some sweet payback when Season 4 of VeggieTales In the House premieres September 23rd, on Netflix.

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Girls Need Better Magazines

Posted on September 20, 2016 at 8:00 am

Women You Should Know ran an article comparing the covers of Girls’ Life and Boys’ Life Magazines. The girls’ magazine touted articles like “Wake Up Pretty,” “My First Kiss,” and “Your Dream Hair!” The magazine for boys had articles about learning and adventure.

I loved the follow-up article, where graphic designer Katherine Young created a better version of the Girls’ Life Magazine cover, featuring, instead of a model, the real-life Google Science Fair Grand Prize Winner Olivia Hallisey, with article tiles like: “Girls Doing Good,” “Your Dream Career,” and “My First Miss” (about overcoming mistakes and setbacks).

I know magazine revenues come from advertisers, but surely there are some companies out there who want to sell girls technology, books, and sporting equipment, not just makeup and clothes. Our girls deserve better.

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