Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Floundering Fathers

I’m proud to be an American.  I’m also proud of our heritage and of our founding fathers.

But, they would be turning over in their graves if they caught a glimpse of the cartoon cast of A Pearl Before Swine’s in the Floundering Fathers book from Andrews McMeel Publishing.

Get ready for a history lesson like none you’ve seen before as Rat, Pig, Zebra, Croc and a host of other wacky and wild humans and animals set history on its collective ear.

Here are just a few things you can expect: coupons you can really use, subjects that generate the most complaints, tennis, social cues, a clown congressman, illegal immigrants, a Tapas Bar, Rat President, neighbors and much more.

Nothing or no one is sacred.  Think of it as an equal opportunity insults.

Whatever you care to name it Floundering Fathers is downright hilarious and so fun of puns and clever one-liners that the comedy union had to put a stop to it.

The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, #736, March/April

The Satyr Of Brandenburg
Deep Sea Fish
Hideous Flowerpots
A Dog Of Wo
The Next To The Last Mohicans
The Beast From Below
A Swim And A Crawl
The Harmonic Resonance Of Ejiro AnaBorhi
Down Where Sound Comes Blunt          
After The Wolf
Books to Look For       
Musing On Books        
Films: The Shape Of Things Coming Soon        
Plumage from Pegasus: The Varley Corps Wants You
Science: Naked-Eye Astronomy
Coming Attractions       

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Previews, March

Adventure Time: The Beginning of the End #1 l BOOM! STUDIOS
Lumberjanes #50 l BOOM! STUDIOS
Jungle Fantasy Secrets #0 l BOUNDLESS COMICS
Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose #110 l BROADSWORD COMICS
The Many Deaths of Scott Koblish HC l CHRONICLE BOOKS
Sherlock Holmes: The Vanishing Man #1 l D. E./DYNAMITE ENTERTAINMENT
Hellboy: Into The Silent Sea Studio Edition l FLESK PUBLICATIONS
Made Men Volume 1: Getting the Gang Back Together TP l ONI PRESS INC.
The Legend of Tank Girl HC l TITAN COMICS
Dark Souls: Age of Fire #1 l TITAN COMICS
The Nightmare Before Chirstmas: Zero’s Journey #1 l TOKYOPOP
Retrofan Magazine #1 l TWOMORROWS PUBLISHING
Fullmetal Alchemist: Fullmetal Edition Volume 1 HCl VIZ MEDIA LLC
Vagrant Queen #1 l VAULT COMICS
Star Wars: Lost Stars Volume 1 GN l YEN PRESS

Justice League: 100 Greatest Moments HC l COMICS
Rise of the Superheroes: The Greatest Silver Age Comic Books HC l COMICS
Doctor Who: Who-Ology Regenerated Edition HC l DOCTOR WHO / TORCHWOOD
I Am Gandhi: A Graphic Biography SC/HC l YOUNG READERS
Illustrators Magazine #22 l ART BOOKS
Topps 2018 Star Wars Episode 8 Series 2 Trading Cards l STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Marvel Netflix: The Punisher Poster Black T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
Star Wars: Tatooine Take Off Stripe White-Orange T-Shirt l PREVIEWS EXCLUSIVE WEAR
Action #1000 Superman T-Shirt l GRAPHITTI DESIGNS
Dark Nights Metal: The Batman Who Laughs T-Shirt l GRAPHITTI DESIGNS
DC Gallery: Suicide Squad Harley Quinn PVC Figure l DIAMOND SELECT TOYS & COLLECTIBLES
DC Super Powers Collection: Martian Manhunter 18-Inch Maquette l DC HEROES
Justice League Movie: Batarang Black Letter Opener l DC HEROES
Arrow TV: Green Arrow Season 5 Statue l ICON HEROES
The Flash TV: The Flash Season 4 Statue l ICON HEROES
One-12 Collective: Marvel: Iron Man Action Figure l MARVEL HEROES
Star Wars: The Black Series 6-Inch Action Figures l STAR WARS
Star Wars Mighty Muggs Figures l STAR WARS
Overwatch: Genji 12-Inch Statue l VIDEO GAMES
Overwatch Cute But Deadly Ser 3 Deluxe Figures l VIDEO GAMES
POP! Horror: 8-Bit Alien Blood Splattered Vinyl Figure l FUNKO
Marvel Universe: X-Men ‘92: Wolverine & Jubilee Artfx+ Statue 2-Pack l KOTOBUKIYA
Game of Thrones: Arya Stark 1/6-Scale Figure l THREEA/THREEZERO
Attack on Titan: Levi 1/8-Scale PVC Figure l ANIME
Naruto Petit Charaland Kakashi Special Mini-Figure Set l ANIME
Devil May Cry IV: Dante 1/6-Scale Action Figure l VIDEO GAMES
Kingdom Hearts III: Sora “2nd Form” Bring Arts 6-Inch Action Figure l VIDEO GAMES
Finders Keypers DC Rebirth Mini Vinyl Keychain Figures l DC HEROES
Finders Keypers Deadpool Compact Vinyl Keychain Figure l MARVEL HEROES
Doctor Strange Bust Bank l MARVEL HEROES
Rick and Morty: Spaceship Die-Cut Lunch Box l RICK AND MORTY
Deadpool Monopoly l HASBRO TOY GROUP
Judge Dredd: The Cursed Earth Expedition Game l OSPREY PUBLISHING
Dark Souls Card Game l STEAM FORGED GAMES
Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time Daring Adventure Game l USAOPOLY
DC HeroClix: Batman The Animated Series l WIZKIDS/NECA

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Kids HearMuffs

Call me old-fashioned but I don’t remember the amount of loud noises everywhere when I was growing up.

It seems nowadays that wherever you go there are noise-lots of them-loud noises-unnecessary loud noises.

Radios blasting, movies that shake the theater with their soundtracks, traffic, sporting events, and shopping malls—there’s no escaping loud noises.

As adults we tend to tune-out most of the noises-or at least we try to.

But, what about young children?  Do they need to be bombarded from sound every second of every day?  Whatever happened to quiet times?

As a former teacher and a parent and grandparent I constantly warn kids (and their parents) that loud noises are detrimental to their child’s (and their own hearing). 

If I child is raised around loud noises from an early age it WILL have an effect on their hearing when they get older.

I can’t count the times I used to have to repeat myself to my students because they could not hear me.  And when I say repeat-I mean repeat what I said it loudly!

There is a solution, or least part of a solution.

The most logical solution is to avoid loud noise as much as possible.  If that is not possible all the time then parents should consider Lucid Audio’s Kids HearMuffs.

Here’s how they work. 

The smooth adjustable foam headphones slip over a child’s head.  They are adjustable for growing children and are made of kid safe material.

The padded ear phones muffle and tone down loud noises when cupped over a child’s ears.

Made for kids five to ten years old the HearMuffs are perfect for keeping loud noises out at sporting events, concerts, movies or for establishing quiet times.

If it’s important to parents that their child’s hearing is preserved.  The HearMuffs muffle noise and ensure that when the child grows to adulthood they continue to have great hearing.