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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.

“Comic-Con International: San Diego began in 1970 when a group of comics, movie, and science fiction fans -- including the late Shel Dorf, Ken Krueger, and Richard Alf -- banded together to put on the first comic book convention in southern California. Comic-Con started as a one-day ‘minicon,’ called San Diego’s Golden State Comic-Minicon, on March 21, 1970 at the U.S. Grant Hotel in downtown San Diego.”  (Comic-Con Int'l)

Forrest Gump is celebrating its 25th anniversary this July, and for someone that saw it four times in theater (at age 14), it’s a perfect time to review the significance of this movie to parents and their kids. Tom Hanks is the titular character in this film, earning him the Academy Award (1994) that was his second in back-to-back years.

“Parenting is difficult under the best of circumstances--but extremely daunting when humanity faces cataclysmic annihilation. When the dead rise, hardship, violence, and the ever-present threat of flesh-eating zombies will adversely affect parents and children alike.” – Steven J. Kirsh, Ph.D.

As a parent, there are multiple reasons to watch Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 5. There are many characters that get limited screen time but prove they’re just as valuable when they get a chance to shine. In a world full of social media, sometimes, it’s easy to feel lost in the deep background of a world filled with so many moments that get thousands of likes and retweets. Where do we (or I) fit in this fast-paced life? Well, having incredible moments with R2-D2 and other droids during Season 5 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is the perfect solution for parents or their kids that might feel unappreciated or perhaps just left behind.

20 years ago, Star Wars returned to the cinematic world after a 16-year hiatus from the big screen. Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace released into theaters in May of 1999, igniting passion from longtime fans, while introducing new characters to a new generation of fans to come. Although the reception of this film has been hit or miss (stormtrooper-style), my own first viewing of the film was as exciting as I believe most kids would be when they watch their first entry into the Star Wars mythos.

For Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) this year, the Geeky Parent Guide’s S.T. Lakata wanted to share his thoughts on comic book publisher Image Comics, what makes them a personal favorite, and why others should check out their stories.

A hollow whisper resonates across a lush green cornfield, “If you build it, he will come.”

Finding a show that’s suitable for both parents and kids (and enjoyable) can be quite a considerable task. Fortunately, The Great British Baking Show enters the puff pastry fold with several seasons currently available on Netflix. What’s even more important - kids will learn more than just how to make a bunch of delicious-looking bakes.

Detective Comics #1000 releases on March 27, celebrating 80 years of the iconic character, Batman. What does Batman mean to the world of fiction? To give you an idea of the significance of this character, simply by this one historic comic book release, the list of writers and artists assigned to Detective Comics #1000 is massive, including Jim Lee, Brian Michael Bendis, Joëlle Jones, Greg Capullo, Jonathan Glapion, Tom King, Jordie Bellaire, Dave Stewart, Scott Snyder, Becky Cloonan . . . the list goes on and on (comiXology).

What does Batman mean to the world? How do parents explain such a character to their kids? As a child, I was first introduced to Batman in possibly the best way: Batman, the ‘60s television show. This show is non-threatening and presents danger in a comical way that makes it a wonderful introduction to the Caped Crusader.

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