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How Children’s Shows Have Changed For Good?

I was watching the TV the other night and chanced upon the cartoon channel. Man! A lot has changed!

In an earlier post, I’ve written about what has changed with the cartoons of today and the 80’s and 90’s but I couldn’t still get over it.

I admit, cartoons have changed—and it has changed for the good. It appears to be more beneficial and helpful in helping parents educate their children. In one of the shows, a cartoon character was seen jumping up and down a trampoline – the ones that I’ve been reading about at http://trampolinify.com/ – while counting. For sure young kids would be amazed at the visual while learning how to count. It also had the character singing the alphabet.

When a TV show is tagged as educational, parents will obviously believe it. But unlike in the cartoons of yesteryears, today’s children’s shows undergo a lot study before they are actually released. These shows are backed by childhood-development principles, intensive research, and an understanding of child psychology. From STEM subject to emotional to social learning, pre-school TV shows are beefed up with quality lessons that enrich the education that young children are taught in the house. Professionals work behind the scene to ensure that these shows really reach kids.

I could remember Sesame Street to be among the best kid’s shows of my time that really have educational value. Sesame Street has been pioneering in this realm long before other educational cartoon shows have been produced. The show’s child psychology experts, advisors and researchers spend a lot of time creating each episode. Counting, alphabet, friendship, health – you name it, the gang at Sesame Street have been teaching kids for over 45 years now. Iconic children’s shows creatively embed valuable life lessons into the fun, blurring the divide between entertainment and education.

The Disney Channel also has a line-up of great children’s shows that inculcate importance of health into the kids’ young minds. The shows like The Wiggles, Fruit Salad, Yummy, Jo-Jo’s Circus inspire children to go on a health kick, dance and move around. It also teaches them how to choose healthy food choices such as fruits over candy, vegetables over junkies, and much more. In one of the episodes, the kids are invited by the cartoon character to exercise with her. She was jumping merrily on a rectangular trampoline like the one you can see on this site.

Dora the Explorer, a show by Nickelodeon, is also equally great for kids. It promotes health through physical activity at the same time other basic STEM lessons. Dora takes children into her different adventures while learning a number of lessons.

While there are still a lot of crappy kids’ shows, I could say a lot has change in cartoons. I’ve always found the entertainment side of today’s children’s shows very wholesome. The strict guidelines authorities have set for children’s shows have pushed producers to do their best. Parents can now rest assured that their kids learn good things while watching the TV!

This Will Surely Change How You Look At Comics

This Will Surely Change How You Look At Comics

Go check your attics or garage, who knows, you might have been storing the most expensive comics without you knowing it!

Last week, I was clearing up some space in our attic when I chanced upon a ragged down pallet collar (go to http://kronuscollars.com/ to see how it looks like). And what a pleasant surprise!

Along with some other useless stuff and junk, I found vintage comics that my parents must have kept a long time ago. They were not in perfect shape but really looked awesome.

Excited, I browsed the internet to see what these comics were about. And I wasn’t prepared for a bigger surprise! These comics, some dating around the 80’s, could well be priceless collector’s items. If sold to the right buyer, I could easily go home richer by a hundred or even a grand. I was so fascinated especially when I learned that some of the most valuable comics were sold off at unbelievable price tags.

You surely won’t believe comics cost a million! Take a look at the six priciest comics ever sold.

  1. Action Comics # 1

Considered as the “holy grail” of comic book collectibles, this edition features the debut of Superman created by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel. Even with four different copies out in the market, this edition was auctioned off at a hefty $3,207,852.00 price tag.

  1. Amazing Fantasy #15

Almost in mint condition, this comic book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko features the first appearance of Spider-Man. Comic book collectors were surprised at the final bid price ($1,100,000) of this comic especially that it was well over the all-time high of that time, Silver Age comic book, which was just under $300,000.

  1. Detective Comics #27

Even with just a grade of 8.0, Detective Comic #27 was sold off at a costly $1,075,000.00. It is the only piece currently out in the market although there are a handful of copies with higher grades. It is said that the 9.2-graded Detective Comics #27 could be the most valuable comic book in existence and could be easily sold double the price of this comics. This edition of Detective Comics contains the debut of the well-loved crime-buster, Batman. Initially, this comic book held the record as the most expensive comic book in the market when it was sold in 2010.

  1. Batman #1

First issues almost always get good valuations. The first issue of the Batman series, where Catwoman and Joker also first appeared, was sold at $567,625.00. Accordingly, there was a lively bidding war in 2013 when this comic book was sold.

  1. X-Men #1

Notching a 9.8 grade, this comic book is easily the highest graded book on this list. Its $492,937.00 price tag did not come as a surprise especially with that an earlier Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s “X-Men” series sold was sold at around half this price.

  1. Flash Comics #1

Sold at an impressive $450,000, this edition of Flash Comics features the debut appearance of Hawkman and Golden Age Flash. When it was auctioned in 2010, this 9.6-graded comic was the second highest sale on record. Like many other high value comics, this mint copy of Flash Comics #1 came from the collection of Edgar Church, considered to have some of the best quality comics collection in the world.

For quite a long time, I’ve never really considered comic books as valuable pieces. But reading all this has changed how I view comics.

So, the next time you buy a comic book, make sure to keep them safely. As for me, I don’t plan to sell the old comic books I’ve found. I’d better have them for my personal enjoyment!

This Will Surely Change How You Look At Comics

Why Kids Need to Watch Cartoons? Here are 5 Great Excuses

Why Kids Need to Watch Cartoons? Here are 5 Great Excuses

For the 80’s kids, like me, we are lucky that computers were just on its infancy during our childhood days. We enjoyed the best toys, the best comics, the best games, and the best cartoon shows ever.

Our generation may not be as techy as the kids of this generation but we weren’t as primitive as our parents. We played with action figures and outdoor games. We rode bike, played skates, and pretty much active sports.

Today’s kids live in the virtual world. High-tech gadgets, tablets, computers and other geeky stuff are the toys of the future. I’ve also seen how technology has crept into old hobbies. There are electricity-powered skates and bikes. I heard some action figures are now equipped with AI, even drum sets now come with techy accessories, like those I’ve read here.

And it’s not only with toys or games that we see significant changes. Cartoons have also changed a lot. Ours were Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Flintstones, Simpsons, Super Ted, Looney Toons, Tom and Gerry, and Garfield. Today, they have Phineas and Ferb, Ed, Edd n Eddy, Pokemon and the Powerpuff Girls. The quality, story and plot may have changed but I guess both the classic and modern cartoon shows still instill the same values.

Yes. There are values that can be learned from watching cartoons and they are enough reasons why kids need to watch cartoons. Here are some lessons I’ve learned from watching my favorite cartoon classics.

  1. Friendship

The cuddly bears in the Care Bears cartoon show depicted what friendship truly meant. They were there to help out each other, shared light moments and showed respect to each other. Although they may have had some misunderstandings, they always found a way to mend those issues thus keeping their bond stronger.

  1. Defending the oppressed

He-Man showed how it is important to help those who are oppressed and needy. He used his superpowers not for his personal gains but to protect those around him.

  1. Everyone can be a hero

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles proved that anyone can be a hero, no matter what kind of creature you are. It also showed that we can love others even if we are not of the same species or standing in life.

  1. Size doesn’t matter

In the classic cartoon series, Tom & Jerry, we see that size doesn’t really matter if we want to succeed in life. We see how Jerry can think of clever ways to evade his arch-nemesis. It seems to encourage us to think out of the box at all times, which is very helpful especially when dealing with life problems.

  1. Bravery

Every superhero cartoon show depicts bravery and heroism. Ultimately, these animated shows have a recurring plot that underscores how the good always triumphs.

For some adults, cartoons may seem senseless but you have to admit it – you once also fell in love with these animated characters. So, the next time you see kids watching cartoons, please don’t interrupt and let them learn some values in life.