Collection of Published Articles for 2013, Pt.1

UPDATED: This is going to be a repository for links to my published stuff for a bit. I haven’t been posting about toys because I got a paying gig blogging about them for MTV Geek!  Here’s my first few posts: Power Lords Return Django Unchained Toys Pulled from Shelves Django Unchained Toys Now Banned on …

CHILDREN’S BOOKS: Some Weird Picture Books That Are My Favorites.

Happy New Year!  Thought I would get a few recommendations down as I got back to work. These are some picture books that are so weird and wonderful and crazy that adults can enjoy them as well.  There’s tons of books like these out there, but these are a few of my favorites. First, a …

Children’s Books/Obscure Toys Post: THE IRON GIANT/THE IRON MAN

Combining a couple of my obsessions for an explanatory post… Was at a bookstore tonight and saw they had a new edition of the book THE IRON GIANT by Ted Hughes. Doesn’t look a whole lot like Brad Bird’s amazing animated movie from 1999, does it? Gather round children, I’ll explain this to the best …

The Spirit of Christmas Specials!

A couple of pieces I’m very proud of — a look at some of the great Christmas stories on TV over the years. Here’s a look at the many Rankin-Bass Specials, and how they do (or don’t) tie together. And here’s a look at everything from Charlie Brown and the Grinch to more obscure ones …

Things I Did in 2012 That Which Were Cool

Here are some things I wrote and things I did in 2012 that I thought were kind of cool and possibly of interest to people In January, I wrote some more offbeat pieces, such as an interview with literary novelist Michael Malone about his time writing the daytime soap ONE LIFE TO LIVE as that …

ORIGINAL POST: Jan Pienkowski’s Amazing Picture Book Illustrations

I wanted to do a few original posts about children’s books I liked. This one is about a great author and illustrator whose work I discovered just a few years ago, Jan Pienkowski. I found out about Pienkowski’s stuff when I picked up a copy of his pop-up book ROBOT at a used bookstore a …

ORIGINAL POST: Uncomfortable Racism in Children’s Stories

Had such a good reception to the blogs about obscure toys that I’m going to try some more original pieces on a few of my other passions, and see if this leads anywhere. The first series is going to be about children’s books, and I want to do a few posts going over some of …

ALL My ADVENTURE TIME-Related Stuff for 2012!

My strange, deeply unhealthy obsession with Cartoon Network’s ADVENTURE Time yeilded a bunch of pieces this year. Here they are in chronological order, more or less. This is actually from Dec.27 of last year, but eh, it’s still close — I talk with Ryan North about the KaBOOM! AT comic book. Here’s an intro to …