googlea875c0213e6e807d.html] Fandads: August 2019

Friday, August 30, 2019

Are you ready for the Resistance? #giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with giveaway copies of Star Wars Resistance in exchange for a post. All thoughts, opinions, and feelings about the First Order are our own. 

In the vein of other great Star Wars animated series like The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels, Star Wars Resistance is a fantastic addition to the Star Wars mythos. With the second and final season recently announced, now is a great time to catch up on the series. Keep reading to see how you can win a copy of the first season on DVD.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Learning about friendship, family and acceptance with Descendants 3

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided a review copy for this post. All thoughts, opinions, and dance moves are our own. 

The Descendants movies are a fun series that I have enjoyed watching with my family. Now, while I did not get into the series right away like my children, I did enjoy hearing the songs in the background as I did my daily activities and my children watched the movie. With the third and final movie recently released I decided to let my children share their favorite moments from this installment of the Descendants series.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Monster Jam® Set to Roar into Rosemont

Monster Jam®, the unexpected, unscripted, and unforgettable family-friendly motor sport is headed for what’s expected to be another sold-out event at the Allstate Arena, Sept. 27-29. Promising a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement, the Friday through Sunday engagement will cram in five action-packed shows, bringing a bigger, faster and louder experience for the entire family.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Updated! You Ain't Never had a Friend like this in Your Home!

While the live-version of Aladdin is still wowing audiences in the theaters, it will not be too long before you can watch this version over and over in your home. How many hidden easter eggs will you be able to find when you rewatch this family pleaser? 

If this news is not big enough for you, also coming out digitally in August is the original animated Aladdin in a stunning new 4k Signature edition! This is great if your children have not seen Robin Williams as the Genie and see why this version is a favorite of many parents. Keep reading to learn about these home releases and the special features that will be included. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Donate to Children at Wizard World with ComicBooks For Kids! Program In Chicago

Wizard World is proud to team with ComicBooks For Kids! to make sure that every child in a hospital or cancer center has a comic book! Wizard World is asking fans to bring child-appropriate graphic novels, comics, science fiction books, or any other similar reading materials to Wizard World Chicago, August 22-25 at Donald E. Stephens Convention Center Center and leave them in a specially marked donation receptacle near the Special Guest Registration desk.

As a thank you, fans who donate two or more items to ComicBooks For Kids! during Wizard World Chicago will receive a free pre-autographed celebrity photo from a selection of previous Wizard World guests. These photographs are available to fans on a first-come, first-served basis while supply lasts, one per family donation per day, at the full discretion of Wizard World.

Fans can learn more about ComicBooks For Kids! at

Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Justice League), “Gotham” stars Ben McKenzie, Morena Baccarin and Drew Powell, Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, “Stranger Things”), Henry Winkler (“Happy Days,” “Barry”), Chris Sarandon (The Princess Bride, Nightmare Before Christmas) and Daniel Cudmore (X-Men, The Twilight Saga) are among the early wave of celebrities scheduled to attend the 22nd annual event.

For more on the 2019 Wizard World Chicago, visit

Chicago Friends! Celebrate National Root Beer Float day with Spirit: Riding Free and Lickity Split

Hey friends! The weather in Chicago has been a little warm these last few days and what better way to cool down than with a free root beer float.

Grab your best PALs and join Lucky, Pru, and Abigail as they celebrate National Root Beer Float Day on Tuesday, August 6th! Gallop over to Lickity Split for a SPIRIT filled day and best of all... a FREE Root Beer Float!

Lickity Split is located at 6056 N Broadway Ave and the event runs from 3-5pm (while supplies last). While at the event you will get a chance to win some Spirit Riding Free prizes!

While getting a free root beer float is an amazing treat, the threat treat will be on August 9th when the new season of Spirit Riding Free airs on Netflix.

Is this your first time hearing about National Root Beer Day? Stay up to date with daily holidays by visiting and never miss a quirky holiday. 

Friday, August 2, 2019

Top Creators Announced for Wizard World Chicago 2019

Industry veterans Christopher Priest (“Black Panther,” “Batman”) Carl Potts (“Venom,” “Punisher”), Stuart Sayger (“G.I. Joe.” “Xena: Warrior Princess”), Gerry Conway (“The Punisher,” “Ms. Marvel”), Kurt Lehner (“Gargoyles,” “Marvel Action Hour”), Mostafa Moussa (“Superman,” “Fantastic Four”), Jeremy Clark ("Grimm Fairy Tales," "Day of the Dead"), Thomas Estrada (Disney, DreamWorks), Tim Lattie (“Ghostbusters,” WWE), Joe Wos (“Mazetoons”), and Joe Corroney (“Star Wars,” “Marvel’s Avengers”) are among the leading creators scheduled to populate Artist Alley at the 22nd annual Wizard World Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, August 22-25. The weekend will also feature many demonstrations and discussions at the Creative Stage, as well as more than 40 Chicagoland-area creators.

Other notable artists and writers scheduled to appear include Gavin Smith (“The Accelerators,” “Ghost in the Shell”), Claudio Aboy (DC Comics, LucasFilm), Eddy Decker (“Far Out!”), James Morris (Three Kingdoms trilogy), Mog Park (HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” “Hundred Thousand Kingdoms”), Ren McKenzie (“The Samaritan,” “Half Breed”), Jed Thomas (“Crypt TV,” “The Amity Wars”) and more.

In addition to Decker, the Chicago area will be well represented in Artist Alley. Local artists and writers appearing there include notables Trevor Mueller (“Albert the Alien,” “Reading with Pictures”), Alan Dyson (“Game of Thrones,” “Knight Seeker”), Andy Szaf (“Power Animals,” WCW), Christopher Kostecka (Hippo Ocracy, The President Killed My Dog), Camron Johnson (“Bonecheek,” “Rabbit in Red”), Cory Smith (pencil portraits, charcoal sketches), Christine Chang (traditional, digital media), Arthur Lashkiba (digital art), Winslow Dumaine (“The Tarot Restless”), DJ Corchin (“A Thousand No’s,” “Do You Speak Fish?”), Juan Gomez (“The Bells,” Rolling Stone), Kae McSpadden (“Find Your Wings,” Reppin’ Flag), Katie Houston (costumes, custom figures), Edward Sims (“Black Arrow,” “Persia the Lighting Dragon”), Kurt Zauer (“Spectress and Sabanion”), Luis Colindres (EDM illustrations), Wil Woods (The Paper Terminal), Tyrine Carver (The Paper Terminal), Brandon Santiago (“The Kid,” “Asa’s Dad”), Patrick Olsen (“Paradise Lost”), Peter Smith (“Chronicles of Zelara,” “Across the Pond Presents”), Rob Hogan (political art), Joseph Cisneros (“Bandana Avenger and Friends”), Matthew Paciorek (“C.H.A.M.P.S.”), Vheto Gutierrez Vazquez (“Chaac”) and others.

Wizard World Chicago will also include non-stop live entertainment, gaming, exclusive Q&A sessions with select celebrities and autographs/photo ops with top stars such as Jason Momoa (Aquaman, Justice League), “Gotham” stars Ben McKenzie, Morena Baccarin and Drew Powell, Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, “Stranger Things”), Henry Winkler (“Happy Days,” “Barry”), Chris Sarandon (The Princess Bride, Nightmare Before Christmas), Daniel Cudmore (X-Men, The Twilight Saga), George Wendt (“Cheers”), Melissa Joan Hart (“Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” “Melissa and Joey”), Katrina Law (“Arrow,” “Spartacus: Blood and Sand”) and more, along with Wizard World’s Master of Ceremonies, Kato Kaelin.

Wizard World events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The eighth event scheduled on the 2019 Wizard World calendar, Chicago show hours are Thursday, August 22, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, August 23, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 24, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Wizard World Chicago is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

For more on the 2019 Wizard World Chicago, visit

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Learning about life from our 4 legged friends. #giveaway

From the first time we saw the trailer for The Art of Racing in the Rain, it hit all of the right notes: Dogs, Fast Cars, and "from the studio that bought you "Marley and Me".  This looks like one of those movies that are going to make you laugh, cry, and hug your family and four-legged friend a little tighter.

Go see The Art of Racing in the Rain when it is released in theaters on August 9th. 

Based on the best-selling novel by Garth Stein, THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN is a heartfelt tale narrated by a witty and philosophical dog named Enzo (voiced by Kevin Costner). Through his bond with his owner, Denny Swift (Milo Ventimiglia), an aspiring Formula One race car driver, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition and understands that the techniques needed on the racetrack can also be used to successfully navigate the journey of life. The film follows Denny and the loves of his life - his wife, Eve (Amanda Seyfried), their young daughter Zoe (Ryan Kiera Armstrong), and ultimately, his true best friend, Enzo.

The Fandads have teamed up with their friends from 20th Century Fox to give one of our readers A Racing in the Rain prize pack. Which contains the book and scarf for your four-legged friend.