May the Fourth Forever

It would be hard to let today pass without tipping my hat to the science fiction legacy that is Star Wars. Star Wars has ignited my imagination and love for sci-fi from a very early age, and continues to ignite that same light in my own children’s hearts today! A timeless story that will be celebrated from decade to decade for the endless possibilities for imagination and play it produces.

When I was a kid the story continued with the prologue, and I am glad that my own children can also experience the Star Wars mania in reality. You can’t escape the sea of BB8s and Rey merchandise that adorn the supermarkets, and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The Star Wars franchise updated its story lines with strong female characters, and a discussion about how easy it is for good people to be pushed to the dark side. My personal favourite of the new films being the new Rogue One film that really captivated the heroism and futility of many of the side characters in the films.

The characters also have formidable Force in the comic book world, with the stories continued in comic form long after the films, and then reemerged in the last few years! For older children I highly recommend the Marvel comic book series Chewbacca, which explores the lovable and unintelligible character in greater depth, with beautiful art and fun plot lines!

For the adults out there I would encourage you to read the memoirs of Carrie Fisher, they are whimsical, honest and thought provoking and give you a glimpse of the incredibly brave and wonderful woman the Princess Leia actress was.  A wonderful role model in the face of all the complications of the Hollywood lifestyle.

So may the Force be with you and your young padawans!

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Comics and Kids

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As part of my new website I want to provide parents, educators and kids with resources to access comics that are appropriate and entertaining! Comics are an incredible route for engaging your child in reading or reigniting the love of reading in your older children. Educators can use them in subjects like literature, history or science! They are also a great tool for learning foreign languages, due to the communicative nature of the writing.

You will find recommendations and reviews of comics and graphic novels detailed below, and always happy to receive new ideas, just contact us at howdy@katcha.fun! You can also partake in the discussion by joining my Facebook Group which aims to join comic enthusiasts together in an ongoing conversation about children’s comics!

The Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo

Scales and Scoundrels

Hildafolk

Nightlights