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NYCC 2019 – Interview With ‘The Last God’ Ingenious Crew

NYCC 2019 – Interview With ‘The Last God’ Ingenious Crew

Reading Time: 5 minutesThe Last God cover, via DC ComicsPhillip Kennedy Johnson is an Eisner nominated comic creator and alumnus of the 2017 DC Comics Writers Workshop. He’s published work with various companies like Boom! Studios and IDW, and his latest project, The Last God, will be released by DC Comics on their DC Black…

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Mercurial Hits: Schwartz Comes Alive, Original 23 Skidoo Halloween Tune

Mercurial Hits: Schwartz Comes Alive, Original 23 Skidoo Halloween Tune

Reading Time: 1 minute What if children’s music never evolved? What if you could stream—or slip in a CD or spin a record—and the songs remained the same, as Led Zeppelin once remarked? You have that opportunity with Ditto Kiddo, the new release from Stephen Michael Schwartz, that plays as if preserved in amber for…

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Lori Henriques and the Novel Jazz Age of Kindie

Lori Henriques and the Novel Jazz Age of Kindie

Reading Time: 2 minutes Let’s have some jazz hands all around for the renaissance of jazz-infused children’s music. Not to make light of the development, but the surge can traced back to Lucy Kalantari winning a Grammy for her recordings. I’d say roughly three of the past six releases sent for review this summer were either jazz…

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Evaluation: ‘The Balance Point’ by Jordan Ring

Evaluation: ‘The Balance Point’ by Jordan Ring

Reading Time: 4 minutesIf you are an entrepreneur or even just someone like me who has a regular 9-to-5 job but does a lot of side activities, The Balance Point by Jordan Ring is a book worth checking out. Image from Jordan RingWho Is Jordan Ring? Jordan Ring is an author who enjoys living the…

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Procure Ready for More three-Gallop Records

Procure Ready for More three-Gallop Records

Reading Time: 2 minutesShortly after Record Store Day 2019, I posted about the Crosley RSD3, a miniature belt-drive turntable that plays only 3-inch records. Defying the odds, the unusual vinyl format remains active. Crosley touched base with me a few weeks back with a heads up that additional releases are coming as 3-inch pressings. The…

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GeekDad Evaluation: Dyson V11 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

GeekDad Evaluation: Dyson V11 Cordless Vacuum Cleaner

Reading Time: 4 minutesLast year, I reviewed the Dyson V8 stick vacuum. I was pretty happy with the performance—both suction power and battery life—and the ability to quickly convert between a stick vacuum and a handheld was especially useful. We upgraded to a V10 later that year when the opportunity arose, won over by a…

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5 Causes to Be taught ‘Malamander’ by Thomas Taylor

5 Causes to Be taught ‘Malamander’ by Thomas Taylor

Reading Time: 2 minutesIt’s already May and I’m falling way behind with my book reviews. I think I need to make them shorter, smarter, and snappier. Not sure that’s within my skill set, but here goes! Thomas Taylor has featured on these hallowed pages before, and he’s one of my favorite children’s authors. With his…

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