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Kidsguide: 2003-04

This set was illustrated Lee Calderon, who at the time was our first local artist since 1994. The spring/summer issue devoted to freebies was the first to announce our website; fall/winter was devoted to making homework easier. The later was (much to my chagrin) had a misspelled word on the cover. Can you find it? […]

Kidsguide: 2002-03

The cover art was produced by Tim Raglan, from Independence, Kansas. He illustrated a number of children’s books at that time that included “Go Track a Yak” and “The Wolf Who Cried Boy.” The summer issue was devoted to summer learning and dedicated to my daughter Lauren, who at Kidsguide’s first issue was in kindergarten […]

Kidsguide: 2001-02

During the production of the spring/summer issue my son was hospitalized in Berkeley for three weeks, the information editor delivered her baby a month early (thanks to Jason Kosareff for pitching in otherwise that issue would never have come out!) and our dear dog, the head of security, Dixie, died at age 15. Despite the […]

Kidsguide 2000-01

Kidsguide’s illustration crowning glory, two covers by Mort Drucker, of Mad Magazine fame. On a whim, I contacted his agent and was thrilled, surprised and deeply honored that he agreed to create two covers (and was one of the nicest men I have ever had the pleasure of working with). Known for his satires of […]

Kidsguide: 1999-2000

This was the first and only appearance of Captain Kidsguide. A superhero created by Miracle Studios, a comics illustration studio. The spring/summer issue, “Captain Kidsguide Saves the Summer,” with its illustration combined with the editorial written from our superhero’s perspective, truly exemplified what Kidsguide was all about. These issues also featured “Factoids,” an interactive game […]

Kidsguide: 1998-99

The artwork for this two-issue set was done by Steve Skelton from Boulder Colorado. His work is probably familiar to you as he worked for years producing cards for Hallmark. His clients at the time included Mattel, McDonalds, Fisher-Price and many others. His illustrations were so action-packed that we made a game out of them, […]

Kidsguide: 1997-98

The spring/summer issue celebrated Kidsguide’s 10th anniversary. The theme was “Kidsguide to the Free World,” listing local activities and services that were free. The fall/winter issue, “Kidsguide to School Success,”‘ focused on at-home strategies to help your children succeed in school. The artwork was done by Wayne Vincent , who at the time had done […]

Kidsguide: 1995-96

Kidsguide expanded its distribution to include north Orange County. New chapters were added: Parties, Cooking and Transportation (there used to be businesses devoted to carting your kids around!). Eddie Young, the illustrator, from the previous year, created the covers for this two set. He was the only illustrator to create four covers. Factoid: The cover […]

Kidsguide: 1994-95

This was the year of change: Kidsguide became a tabloid; changed its paper to newsprint; changed its distribution to free-stacked at parent-frequented destinations; and changed its frequency to twice a year with spring/summer and fall/winter editions. Artwork for this two-issue set was done by Long Beach resident, Eddie Young. Eddie did work for the likes […]

Kidsguide: 1992-93

This issue was also a perfect-bound magazine, 84 pages, and was distributed to all families with children attending Long Beach and Los Alamitos district elementary and middle schools. It was the second book to include sections translated into Spanish and Cambodian. The artwork was done by Gregory McMicken, a local artist known for his imaginative […]

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