S.T. Lakata, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

S.T. Lakata, Fanbase Press Senior Contributor

As we approach the holiday season, the GPG is looking to continue the annual tradition of the Fanbase Press Holiday Gift Guide. We want to provide some options that we know will make great gifts for your family. When it comes to the “most wonderful time of the year,” we want to provide a list of items that are excellent options for your kids, while also being equally amazing for parents. As a parent, it’s great knowing that holiday (or birthday) gifts are perfect ways to see joy on their faces when they rip open wrapping paper. So, we’re listing a few options that are sure to be highlights when your kids open their presents.

With Thanksgiving fast approaching, we often find ourselves becoming more introspective, reflecting on the people and things for which we are thankful. As we at Fanbase Press celebrate fandoms, this year, the Fanbase Press staff and contributors have chosen to honor their favorite fandoms, characters, or other elements of geekdom for which they are thankful, and how those areas of geekiness have shaped their lives and values.

Thanksgiving is approaching, and it’s a perfect opportunity for your kids to enjoy some much needed down time. By this point, kids and teens are several months into their school year, so an extended holiday weekend will give families some much needed R and R. Yes, some are doing quite a bit of cooking over the holiday, but that’s a great opportunity to reconnect with your kids.

Halloween is an exciting time for families. Kids and their parents get to decide what kind of costume they want to wear, to think about all of the candy they’re going to eat, and to enjoy some spooky tales on the TV. Even if a parent doesn’t want to dress up for Halloween, it’s an exciting time to let our kids choose whatever character they want to be. As a parent of two (currently 5 and soon-to-be-7), my wife and I have seen our kids dress up as Pete the Cat, a dinosaur, Miraculous Ladybug, a multi-colored, polka-dotted cat, a skeleton, and several others. As a parent, it’s one of the easiest opportunities to let your kids have some form of independence. Plus, giving kids the freedom to wear them again in the future, even if it’s not Halloween, allows them to extend the fun feelings they have when dressed up in character.

As Halloween approaches, there are a variety of characters that your kids might want to dress as for trick-or-treating – or perhaps avoid completely. As a parent, it’s not always easy to know when is the exact moment to introduce your kids to scary characters or creatures, but dressing up for Halloween might be one of the best ways to make that introduction. Let’s take a look at some classic villains, and intimidating heroes, that your younger kids or teens might be interested in dressing up as.

Doom II sees its 25th anniversary this year, with its original release on September 30, 1994. With the advancements in gaming technology, games look much different than Doom II in its original MS-DOS form. In most recent history, popular games over the past decade have included The Legend of Zelda: Breadth of the Wild, Red Dead Redemption, God of War, and many other franchises. Doom also saw a release in 2016 and is set to release Doom Eternal in November. If you take a look at the trailer for this new video game, you’ll realize how far this game has come since Doom II’s initial look on a computer screen. For any parents unaware, this video is not suitable for children to watch.

Technology is ever-present in today’s world, so it’s difficult to determine the best ways to introduce our kids to play-based devices. It might also be challenging to find things that aren’t connected to the internet which helps to alleviate any concerns about accidentally wandering on sites or making purchases. Today, we’ll take a look at a few devices that my kids have enjoyed this year to highlight some safe low-key options that still provide a ton of fun.

Lifeformed: Volume 2 - Hearts and Minds from Dark Horse Books is exactly what fans of the first volume needed. Writer Matt Mair Lowery and artist Cassie Anderson are back together for the second volume in this sci-fi adventure series, releasing September 4, as they dive deeper into the world surrounding Cleo and her shapeshifting alien friend, who also happens to look like her dad.

The space community has had a productive year, discovering significant data to better understand the great universe outside of our home planet. From that data, there are many opportunities for researchers to develop images or real-life simulations to better understand the magnitude of what’s happening in far-reaching locations, like the International Space Station (ISS), Mars, and the Sun.

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