Geeky Parent Guide

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The Geeky Parent Guide is a semi-monthly editorial series by Fanbase Press Contributor (and father of two) Travis Lakata that will help parents and other caregivers to safely and positively navigate various avenues of pop culture with their children.

Free Comic Book Day is a fantastic tradition in the world of geekdom. It is not only a great way to encourage new readers to visit their local comic book store, but there are also amazing sales on trade paperbacks, discounted collectibles, games, and toys that support local businesses. And, if you want to still enjoy the wonderful day after the shops close (or perhaps if you can’t make it to the shop that day), there are plenty of opportunities to find what you’re looking for online.

From Tomb Raider to Super Mario Bros. to Mortal Kombat, video games have been making their way onto the big screen for decades. As we speak, there’s a massive transformation in movie theaters worldwide. Rampage, starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Naomie Harris, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan, is an intense, action-packed film blended with clever humor and dramatic fight sequences.

The Geeky Parent Guide is celebrating its first anniversary this week. During the GPG’s first year, we’ve taken a look at many different geeky things – theme parks, board games, recommendations for summer viewing and holiday gifts, comic books, movies, and explorations of the International Space Station, Goddard Visitor Center, and NASA missions to Mars.

One of the best ways to occupy one’s time is to dive into a good story. The world around us goes quiet as we become lost in a fantastic world with intriguing characters. Books are not only a wonderful way to expand our imaginations, but they also lead to wonderful adaptations on the big screen. J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter has seen the popular series turned into a beloved film franchise, while expanding into the world of theme parks and exhibits. Marvel’s cinematic universe has also propelled itself from the text and artwork of many different comic books to movies, TV shows, and more.

The International Space Station (ISS) isn’t just a dream from a wonderful science fiction movie. It is a reality that looks to extend humanity’s reach into space in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

As a parent, it’s important for our kids to learn a great many things. Hard work, self-reliance, and perseverance are great attributes, ones we want all of our kids to have. Hopefully, what the Geeky Parent Guide hopes to share today will shine a light on another attribute that might make them appreciate their own hard work even more – recognizing selfless dedication from others.

What would you do if you had a do-over? How would your favorite books, films, or TV shows look if you could wake up one day and change the outcome from what you already know to be true? Would you try to save Dumbledore or Snape? What would happen if Batman saved Rachel instead of Harvey, the eventual Two-Face, in The Dark Knight? How different would Arrow be if Oliver’s father survived on the island with him?

NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) is constantly providing the world with updates on their exploration missions and scientific endeavors, even aboard the International Space Station. Last year alone saw the final moments of Cassini as it plunged into Saturn, live coverage of the Solar Eclipse, and the Geeky Parent Guide even explored mission updates from Mars.

Nearly ten years ago, the world was introduced to Iron Man and The Dark Knight. Iron Man was released in May of 2008 with Robert Downey Jr. leading the way, while The Dark Knight, featuring the legendary performance of Heath Ledger as The Joker, debuted later that year in July. These two films are a perfect gateway for parents and their teens to dive into the comic book world, while enjoying action/adventure films and then talking about their favorite moments and characters.

How old were you when you first watched a Star Wars film? Was it A New Hope or some other film in the franchise? As we’re in full "Force" of the latest release, The Last Jedi, the Geeky Parent Guide wants to look at the popular franchise that many love - and want to continue seeing more of in the future - and look at the wide-ranging cast of characters that make Star Wars entertaining for almost all ages. The films’ ratings might help you determine when you’ll find it acceptable for your kids to watch.

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