Matt Zitron. Father, Husband, Geek and Writerer. Ex-comic shop worker and jack of all trades, Zitron wastes his time and money on trivialities like toys and comics. Father of two and procrastinator, he aspires to write for a living while never finding the time. He currently works as a small child wrangler in his home.
While there's undoubtedly going to be a dip in the tabletop market, the way for companies old and new to survive is within grasp. The secret is looking around and using the people that have made it thrive.
Yesterday, after school, my family and some friends decided to take a pleasant short trip to ZSL London Zoo. What started as a treat with five children constantly complaining about being hungry (despite being plied with food) turned into DISASTER... The hilarity was the group of people watching the Zoo through the glass frontage. I think they expected Kumbuka would come belting across the courtyard, Planet of the Apes style, riding Captain BeeGee (ZSL's cycloptic Llama) with a keeper's rifle in his meaty digits.
It's not fair we couldn't help. You were not a burden, but we'd have shared yours willingly. Your darkest moments aren't held against you, and never have been. We couldn't walk a mile in your shoes, but without hesitation we would have tried if asked.
A petition has started. We the people are going to try and get the Canal and River Trust to see sense and let Word on the Water get a permanent home. To give London a lasting bastion for literacy, calm and recycling. Somewhere I can show my children that bookshops are exciting and cool. Where my friend can make a living doing something good for the city.
People are often attacked when they say that suicide is selfish. Well it is by its very nature. It's an act anchored in self and self-belief (or lack thereof.) People see it as their last vestige of control. But to use it as an insult to someone who's just done it isn't right. These people are living with a crippling pain that they see no escape from bar death.
For the last twenty two of my thirty one years on this planet, bullying has been on my mind. I've suffered it, in some circumstances I've done it, and now with two children I consider its practise. It's almost never far from the news and again it seems another British teenager has lost their life because of it.
With kids' books you have to find the age dependant sweet spot that's got story, but isn't too long, and isn't so annoying that reading it twice a day for months won't drive you to suicide. Luckily there's a fantastic range of publishers, and with picture books you're not dogged branded stuff (that hits later when they like Marvel, DC and Turtles.)
If you're single, consider the love you want and try and move towards it. I know it's bloody easy to say, but stop sulking and do it. I don't care who you are, there's love out there for you. Even Katie Hopkins has a husband.
I suffer from depression. I have for a while, and I'm tempted to say 'on and off'; but I think it's always sort of there, waiting for a moment to rear its head. Some days it's an effort to leave the house; some days I want to run out the door and sprint to wherever I'm going, singing showtunes.
Years ago I was the moron who was worried DVDs would remove the authenticity of VHS viewing. Then I was the prat who said the clarity of digital projection would harm cinema. I refuse to be stupid again.
While artistically Andy Warhol may not be regarded as having the technical prowess of Rembrandt, the abstract beauty of Dali or the form of Caravaggio, no other artist has managed to predict the zeitgeist of their descendants so perfectly.
I'd like to think of myself as a veracious reader. The reason I'm slightly non-committal to that statement is when I say it to people I worry it conjures up me pouring over Yeats and Hemingway; when in reality I just finished a <a href="http://www.patrickness.com/books.html" target="_hplink">young reader's novel</a> that Charlie Kaufman's set to adapt.
I don't mean to brag, but I watch a lot of Cbeebies. Before you have children your views on what's appropriate for them in many instances is wildly different from the reality of when they're there. I'm not talking about violence or content, though I'm sure when my kid is older than 17 months I will be; I'm talking about consumption.
27/07/2012 14:50 BST
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