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But our Dark Souls 2 time together is special!

Me: Next Friday night, I'm standing you up. A bunch of Austin blogger ladies are getting together to hang out.

C-Man: Whatever.

Me: I know you have a hard time entertaining yourself when I'm not around.

C-Man: I guess I'll just have to kill that giant spider without you.

Me: You JERK!

C-Man: Bwahahahahahaha!

Me: NO, that is so wrong! Find another plan! You have LOTS of hobbies!

9 Science Fiction Comics That Warm My Geeky Heart

I was raised watching Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Blake's 7. Spaceships, epic battles, robots, time travel, the stars! Exciting people doing exciting things on exciting other planets! What's not to love? And clearly I love comics, though it took me longer to find them.

So here are my favorite graphic novels in the science fiction vein, joining my recommended reading lists of of zombie comics, comics about magic, post-apocalyptic comics, comics about race and social justice, history and myth comics, and all-ages comics. This post uses Amazon affiliate links - but we always encourage checking your local library!)

Let's start with Federal Bureau of Physics, co-created by writer Simon Oliver and artist Robbi Rodriguez. Colors by Rico Renzi, letters by Steve Wands and Jared K. Fletcher.

In the near future, you can call 911 for police, fire, ambulance... or physics emergencies, since the "laws" of reality intermittently break. Adam Hardy is an agent with the Bureau, responding to these emergency calls. Or not, or possibly two hours late, since he's kind of a slacker. Things are about to get serious, though, and Hardy's right in the middle of it.

Rodriguez and Renzi together have created a look that I wouldn't call attractive, really, but instead dynamic, expressive, and totally appropriate to a story about the warping of reality. It really grew on me. Then there's the casting diversity, which you know I always appreciate. Hardy is Pakistani, and partway through this volume Hardy gets a new partner, Agent Rosa Reyes, who is Latina. His ethnicity isn't brought up as an issue. Hers only comes up once (I think), when a receptionist mistakes her for a job applicant in housekeeping and Reyes comments on that racism. So I appreciated a team-up of people of color investigating jacked-up science stuff because that's not something you get to read every day.

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12 Kids' Books About Princesses That Adults Can Love Too

Boy Detective let me know early on that he did NOT like princesses. "Mom," he said, "I like FAIRIES, not princesses." Strangely, though, he loves every book in this list. It's amazing how a good story can transcend genre prejudices, isn't it? And I enjoyed reading them as much as Boy Detective did.

I also enjoyed finding out that our library is exploding with sassy, spunky, athletic princesses! Unfortunately the vast majority of them are white, reflecting the diversity crisis in children's books in general. (I actually delayed this post for quite a while searching for more princesses of color.) So especially if you have any books that could help diversify this list, please leave any suggestions in the comments.

(If you're new here, here's the full list of picture book posts: friendship, dogs, pirates, bedtime, awesome girls, robots, magic, gardens, cats, superheroes, love and marriage, knights, family, science fiction, food and cooking, art and creativity, dinosaurs, and kids' poetry books. This post uses Amazon affiliate links - but we always encourage checking your local library!)

One Riddle, One Answer by Lauren Thompson, illustrated by Linda S. Wingerter.

Aziza is the daughter of a powerful sultan who wants to find his beloved daughter a good husband. But his advisors just recommend their own sons! Aziza comes up with her own plan for finding a husband, and since her dad knows she's a smart lady, he signs on. Aziza loves numbers, you see, so she poses a riddle. Whoever answers it correctly is clearly compatible. It's a gentle, clever book, and the happily ever after feels so good that I dare you not to smile! My number-loving son thought this book was "SO GOOD!"

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8 Fantastic Comics About History, Legends, and Myths

Some stories are just BIG. Sweeping epics, or moments in history that will be remembered for centuries. Even if they're moments that never happened, in a world that never existed. These comics are those stories.

(This post joins my recommended reading lists of of zombie comics, comics about magic, post-apocalyptic comics, comics about race and social justice, and all-ages comics. This post uses Amazon affiliate links - but we always encourage checking your local library!)

First up, Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly, with letters by Jared K. Fletcher.

So, a hip-hop ninja Romeo and Juliet remix about Tybalt. You have never read anything like this, and it has all the passion of the story that inspired it. Reading Wimberly's afterword, I was struck again by how good of a writer he is, and the connections he drew between Kurosawa's Ran, Wu-Tang Clan, and the streets of Verona to create this book.

Do I have to say anything else to sell you this book? Really?

I didn't think so.

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Maybe I need to be in bed too?

Me: Now he's playing an accordion in his room [instead of going to sleep]!

C-Man: A xylophone, but yes.

Me: That's what I meant.


I think someone wears me out... but at least we have similar taste in accessories. And apparently he holds still for pictures better than I do!

8 Kids' Books About Dinosaurs That Adults Can Love Too

It's a widely held belief that all kids go through a dinosaur phase. I'm not sure if it's true, because we never reached obsession level with Boy Detective. However, he's definitely been open to a good book about giant prehistoric lizards who could crush you with one footstep. For the young reader in your life who's amused by similar thoughts, here's our list of well-written children's picture books about dinos.

A lot of writers and artists have done creative things with this topic, which has been so enjoyable for us as parents! If you're going to be asked to read it 100 times, it helps if it's a good book! However I'd be thrilled if you could suggest any dino books with people of color and/or girls as the central characters. Seriously, leave a comment, or use a passenger pigeon, whatever works! Need more diversity!

(If you're new here, here's the full list of picture book posts: friendship, dogs, pirates, bedtime, awesome girls, robots, magic, gardens, cats, superheroes, love and marriage, knights, family, science fiction, food and cooking, art and creativity, and kids' poetry books. This post uses Amazon affiliate links - but we always encourage checking your local library!)

Sammy and the Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow, with illustrations by Adrian Reynolds. This is one of my favorite children's picture books ever, because it captures the specific quality of a child's deep love for a subject. In this case, it's Sammy's love for dinosaurs, as represented by his collection of plastic dinosaurs. This isn't about materialism or toys, it's about him knowing all of their names, and their place in his heart. Lovely book.

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