Tag: comic books

100+ adorably geeky baby names for 2017 and beyond. No Anakin included.

Considering geeks now rule the world — or at least the box office — we’ve rounded up tons of adorably geeky baby names for parents who want a baby name that reflects a love for Doctor Who, Harry Potter, Star Wars, Game of Thrones, and Stranger Things. Hey, maybe you fell in love and uh…conceived after the Red Wedding episode. Who knows? Many of these geeky names, or at least their derivations, will go unnoticed as anything geeky-cool by your friends and family. But the parents in the Joss Whedon shirts at the PTO meeting? They just might give you a secret fist...

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Ideas for an awesome LEGO Batman Movie party theme, with inspiration from the Hollywood premiere party

Thanks to our awesome partner Warner Bros. Pictures, I had the opportunity to jet out to LA this past weekend (wow, did I need that) for the launch party and red carpet — okay, black and yellow carpet — premiere of The LEGO Batman Movie. If you’ve got a kid who’s obsessed — and trust me, after your kids see it, they will be — I gathered some fantastic ideas for throwing a creative, memorable LEGO Batman themed party. And by gathered, I mean I have shamelessly stolen them from the studio’s brilliant party planners. But you know, I adapted them....

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Fight evil (and frostbite) with these cool superhero snowsuits.

Snowsuits have come a long way since Randy’s slug imitation in A Christmas Story. Today’s kid demands warmth and comfort — and the ability to move. And, in some cases, superhuman powers to help them take on the task of protecting their snow fortresses. Or, getting up after a fall. This season, the officially licensed Marvel and DC offerings from Funwear.com include jackets and pants to transform your super kid into their favorite superhero. The collection includes the best of the best — you know, Superman, Incredible Hulk, Thor. And while some of the jackets are great for waiting at...

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18 best children’s books of 2016 | Editors’ Best of 2016

As the year comes to a close, we’re looking back at our picks for the best children’s books of 2016 — according to our editors, writers, and of course our children! What a perfect way to kick off our Editors Picks of the Year. As our readers know, we all adore books here at Cool Mom Picks and we’ve collectively read hundreds of great kids’ books this year, from the sweetest board books for babies, to excellent picture books for early readers, to compelling graphic novels  — and it’s not an easy job to whittle it down to just a few favorites. Ultimately, we go with the books...

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Web coolness: Girl power comics, Halloween costumes to avoid, and save Dorothy!

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Our own Delilah Dawson teamed up with artist Ashley A. Woods to pen the Ladycastle four-comic miniseries, a reinterpretation of Arthurian legend that puts women in charge of the castle. Whoo! We’re thinking great strong girl costume ideas for 2017. The masks Target won’t sell for Halloween. Sexy Halloween costumes that make you say, just…no. No way. Not ever. Did you get yourself this parenting truth mug yet? Because you need it before Halloween! Awesome homemade Halloween cupcake ideas. (OMG the brains are killing us.) Pineapple jack-o-lanterns? What?...

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Web Coolness: Iron Man gets one amazing makeover, rooting for Simone Biles, the most popular baby names of 2016 and more

Here are some links that have been brightening our week. We hope you like them too.   Marvel’s next Iron Man comic is going to look a little different and it’s awesome. (But perhaps their writers should look a little different too?) We’re all paying close attention to Simone Biles as the next breakout US gymnast superstar — and the other remarkable young athletes who are going to bring it home this summer! Thanks Washington Post for including Spawned with Kristen + Liz among your list of 11 parenting podcasts worth checking out. We’re glad you find us friendly and entertaining! Speaking...

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13 amazing superhero gifts for girls who can (and will) do anything

I love that it’s become par for the course these days to raise our girls with the knowledge that they can do whatever they want and be whomever they aspire to be — astronaut, organic farmer, singer, plumber, President. And we’re all hoping they use their undeniable powers for good, which, if you think about it, is kind of the essence of a superhero. So, in honor of National Superhero Day (yes, that’s a real thing!), we’ve rounded up some of our favorite superhero gifts for girls who can do, well, anything. (Top image: superhero capes from Lovelane) From dolls and capes to books and artwork, I think these are some wonderful gifts that...

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The coolest pop culture bow ties for boys. No preppy plaids.

Despite living in the land of spring seersucker and smocking — also known as The South — my boys aren’t exactly preppy. And getting them to wear a bow tie on Easter seemed like an impossibility, until I found RougeBox. This little gem of an Etsy shop has amazing pop culture bow ties my boys and I can’t help but love. Owner Joanne Kim creates these handmade ties in Los Angeles, and that big-city cool comes through in every piece. Whether your boy is more a fan of Thor, Star Wars, Wimpy Kid, or Dr. Seuss, I can’t imagine you won’t find one...

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My First Book of Girl Power. Lasso of Truth, not included.

Hold on to your bracelets of submission, ladies. We’ve found a smart new gift for girls. My First Book of Girl Power by Julie Merberg teaches our little girls what it means to be strong, important, and powerful. The geek in me loves that I’ve found a cool, comic book-inspired gift for the kids in my life (they’re all getting one of these now, by the way), but it’s the mom in me that adores that this board book is not just a nod to comic book culture. There are some important lessons for all kids — boys and girls of all ages — in the pages of...

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Kids say the darndest things…and then you frame them.

When I first got wind of the Kickstarter for Peanut Gallery Comics, how could I not smile? The idea is so simple and smart — commissioning one of four illustrators to create an original comic strip or frame of some funny, quirky, wonderful thing your kid said that you just have to preserve forever. You know, somewhere besides Facebook. Related: 20 incredible, modern custom illustrated family portraits that make the most special gift As a testament to dad Matt Tepper’s clever idea, after just a couple of days they’ve already hit their reasonable funding goal. However there’s still time for you to get...

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Superhero Comic Kit: A BIG way for kids to write their very own BIG comics. Did we mention they’re big?

Our superhero-loving kids are going to leap over a tall building to get their hands on The Superhero Comic Kit, an activity book that gives them the chance to write and illustrate their very own comic books. No super skills required, only an active imagination, which we’re pretty sure is their super power anyway. And, wow, will their imagination have a place to play on the pages of this (very) oversized, uniquely hands-on book by British illustrator Jason Ford, also the author of The Super Book for Super Heroes which we love. In his latest release, Ford takes kids through all the...

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Web Coolness: What parenting really looks like, teacher appreciation gifts, and a Hallmark ad that will make you cry

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you enjoy them!     Minecraft Rice Krispy Treats! [h/t Pop Sugar Moms] Have you checked out our #UnguiltyPleasures video yet? Share your own binge watching confessions for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Making fun of our My Little Pony hats is optional. Respite during a tough week: Bono shares 8 Ted Talks to give you hope. Lessons from To Kill a Mockingbird (Liz’s favorite book) that still hold true today. Why moms can’t (and shouldn’t) do it on their own. Congrats...

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Web coolness: The Foodnited States, a new girl superhero, and another show to binge-watch.

Here are some of the things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Dying over this Foodnited States series. [via bored panda] Travel plans? The statistical geniuses at fivethirtyeight launch a tool to predict flight delays. Analysis of the Apple Watch and New Macbook just for parents. A new way to bring your baby to work. Dad blogging in 1925. Great life tips. Explaining blogging to five-year-olds. Ha. Scary: Must-read letter from top teachers if you live in New York State. Or have a kid in public schools. Hey parents: Stop calling 911 on other...

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2014 Best Books for Kids: All the lists, in one place.

Thousands of books are published for children each year, and it seems like there are thousands of “best of” lists published too. If you’re shopping for kids books for Christmas like we are, you’ll want to check these lists out for some great book ideas you might not have heard of yet. We’ve put together the collections here with links to all the 2014 Best Books for Kids awards, and highlighting some of our own faves. We’re definitely celebrating the huge number of women writers who won prizes, the focus on diversity, the growing trend of non-princessy science-loving heroines, rabbits–lots of rabbits–and, of course,...

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POW! It’s a superhero gift for dad on Father’s Day. Because he is obviously a superhero.

Father’s Day is a red letter day, and now maybe even a Green Hornet day. If you need a beautiful, geek chic gift for the Superman in your life–or just the dad who really really loves comic books–this framed Custom Superhero Letter is here to save the day. This is one superhero gift that’s super easy to customize.  Spell out DAD or POP (or BIF OR POW) in his favorite comics, do his initials, or let that iconic “S” speak for itself. Just let the artist from Spotted Flats know which recycled comic, which letters, and what color frame you want, and...

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This watercolor artist made sophisticated superhero art. Our hero!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s a really lovely watercolor of your favorite superhero, and it’s ready to frame! As much as we love covering cool artwork for kids, we’re excited to have found a collection of sophisticated superhero art that you would expect to find in your favorite local gallery. We’ve brought you artsy movie posters and Star Wars art, and now we’re excited to see some of our favorite characters brought to life in atmospheric watercolors by Clementine, a French mom of two living in Australia. Her Blule website gallery includes everything from cats to fairy tale shoes, but what we really...

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Two super new superhero books for your little caped crusaders

Look! It’s not a bird or a plane, but two super new books for our young superheroes-in-training. Because not even the most energetic superheroes can spend all their time leaping tall (LEGO) buildings or running faster than a speeding (Nerf) bullet. For those quieter moments when your little caped crusaders want to exercise their creative muscles, or just need a little snack before returning to Gotham, here are two activity books to add to their crime-fighting collection. The Super Book for Super Heroes is jam-packed with drawing and coloring pages for kids with active imaginations and possibly a future in...

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Web Coolness: Powerful women, iPhone iOS7 problems, hilarious kids’ music parodies, and lots of freebies for kids

Here are some of our favorite links around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  Don’t miss this Tumblr blog that’s celebrating remarkable women for a whole year. Read this before you upgrade your iPhone: 7 big problems with iOS7 Finally, a toy store realizes that girls like trucks and boys like dolls too. Did your kids look like this on the first day of school? Love the inspiration! You’re not alone if you’re an adult wearing Rainbow Loom Bracelets. (And here’s a great roundup of Rainbow Loom how-to’s.)   How insane are these homemade Halloween cookies?  NYC parents: Visit the Artstar/Little Collector...

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Web Coolness: Superhero princesses, real mothers’ bodies, and the snarky letter every parent wishes they’d written.

Here are some of our favorite links around the web this week. Hope you like them too.  In love with this illustrated series of Disney Princesses in superhero costumes. The post every parent wishes they could have written to non-parents who complain about their children. [h/t craig brockman] Great idea for parents and kids this Saturday: Celebrate the International Day of Peace with Music Together.  Funny post from our own Christina about overscheduling your kids.  Love this Please Draw Me A Wall photo series, that portrays people cleverly interracting with street graffiti. [via laughing squid] Cutest little animated video ever: The Knitted Slipper Book Trailer. Jade Bealle’s A Beautiful...

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Geek-tastic babies, your wardrobe awaits.

We discovered the awesome pop culture baby tees and onesies from Austin artist Kayo Master over a year ago, and loved them so much (zomg, that Princess Leia onesie?) that we featured them in our Baby Shower Gift Guide. Since then she’s expanded her line, with some awesome new designs and even some baby gift sets than any geeky mama will swoon for. With Dr. Spock, Captain America, Mr. T, and a huge host of baby Star Wars characters in training (sorry…Star Wars inspired characters) you can find lots of these cool handmade Kayo Master baby clothes at BRIKA...

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