The lovely wife of our friend, GeekLife‘s Bob Boyle, has put together a charity art auction including names that will be familiar to many of you. Art from My Little Pony, PowerPuff Girls, Spongebob, Yogi Bear, The Flintstones, Ren and Stimpy, Dilbert, even Phineas and Ferb. And… Mo Willems!
The auction opens in Los Angeles, California, tonight, Thursday, but there will also be an online auction on eBay starting on Friday night for those of us who aren’t close enough to attend in person. Check out the preview for the auction on the website!
A charity art auction needs a good cause, and this is a very good cause. Storyboard artist Joey Adams and his family are in need of help. To quote the website:
To be brief, he nearly lost his twin boys over the Christmas holidays, due to a possible genetic illness. Two years ago, he and his wife Ginger, lost their daughter, under similar circumstances. The boys survived, but baby Ian is currently undergoing grueling chemo, while undergoing extensive genetic testing. He will need a bone marrow transplant, and his brother Henry may need one as well.
You can get more information on their more personal website. Please bid generously! If you have the winning bid for any of the pieces of art, come back and tell us in the comments what you bought.
This was my third year attending Maker Faire and helping at the GeekDad booth (this year, the GeekDad/GeekMom booth!). Every year is different. Our booth and the Faire have only grown each year, but the experience has also been fundamentally different each time.
The first year I attended (2009), we had a lot of things to hand out and to give away as prizes, and had a very Lego-centric booth. We did a lot of explaining about what GeekDad was, and handed out neat Wired items. It was the first time I ever worked a booth, and it was an incredibly positive experience.
My second year (2010) had more things to give away as prizes, but fewer to just hand out. It was still an amazing time since even more GeekDads made the trip out. But people kept asking, “But what about GeekMom?”
This year, the Faire experience was different. I spent most of my time safely ensconced in the booth, away from the intense crowds. I had the great company of even more GeekDads and GeekMoms (including our own Natania Barron and Cathe Post), plus great GeekDad families that came along for the fun. Bonnie Burton even stopped by to say hello. But the highlight for me was meeting and getting to know our special guests, John Kovalic and Bob Boyle. Both spent much time at the booth drawing cartoons for visitors and being generally charming.
In addition to their cartooning prowess, we also had GeekDad Jonathan Liu dazzling everyone (including the aforementioned cartoonists) with his Etch-a-Sketch artwork. At other booth stations, we had Lego building, game playing, ThinkGeek music toys, Hexbugs, electronics (courtesy of DigiKey), and plenty of GeekMom and GeekDad merchandise for sale. We also shared the booth area with Chris Anderson and his UAV group.
Maker Faire is always an exhausting but exhilarating experience. The people we met were all either interested in learning about our GeekParenting empire, or were showering us with praise for the work we do. At least those who could get through to our booth. The crowd at the Faire has grown to a size where it is a bit of a detriment to enjoyment, but with some patience, it is still worth going.
I know my fellow GeekMoms and GeekDads will echo my sentiments: Maker Faire is a great time. There is something for everyone, and it is fun, educational, and exciting. If you couldn’t make it out to the annual “flagship” event in San Mateo, California, this year there will be a GeekMom/GeekDad booth at Maker Faire NY in September! Visit the Maker Faire website for details!
As appropriate for our geeky parenting blogs, the comic has an all geek cast: dad John, mom Jenny (!), son Otto, and even a frog named Mort. You will recognize many geeky interests from the excellent promo video. I highly recommend you embiggen and watch the video full screen. You’ll catch more of the jokes that way. (Then your second time through, pause at each screen to catch the rest of the geektasticness.) You may even find yourself singing the Geek Life theme song throughout the day, just as I have (Bob and Brad Mossman do make the most excellent songs together):
Geek Life will run at both GeekMom and GeekDad, usually twice per week, but occasionally five days per week for longer story arcs. It will also run on the Geek Life website, where you can get more information about the strip and Bob’s other projects. Also Geek Life’s mom will be writing actual blog entries at JennyGeek.com!
We are very proud to be featuring Bob Boyle’s new webcomic. Geek Life will start running on Monday, February 28th, so stay tuned for plenty of geeky family fun!