Kickstart Sunday: Spectacular Optical Book One: KID POWER!

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As a fan of weird children’s films of the ’80s, this week’s Kickstart Sunday pick is something very near and dear to my heart.  Spectacular Optical Book One: KID POWER! is an upcoming book from Kier-La Janisse that celebrates cult classics like The Peanut Butter Solution and those glorious after school specials.  This book looks amazing and I absolutely can’t wait to check it out.

To get your very own copy, click here to head over to the Indiegogo page and pledge your support.  This project has 27 days left and is looking to earn $5,500 CAD so let’s help make this happen.  Hit the break for more info.


Growing up, did you ever sit in front of a TV, a 16mm school projector or a VCR and come under the hypnotic spell of the tuff, sassy, cool and inspiring kids that you saw on the screen? Perhaps you grinned as Jacob Two-Two stood up to The Hooded Fang, thrilled as Hawk Jones grabbed a small arsenal to take down some gangsters or cringed as a bespectacled Scott Baio got Stoned?
We certainly looked up to many of these pint-sized tots, tweens and teens, and chances are you did too. That’s why we’re devoting the first anthology in the new Spectacular Optical book series, KID POWER!, to this inspiring world of kid cult classics from North America, the UK, Australia and beyond. From the 1940s antics of Curley and his Gang to the overwrought denim-clad melodrama of The ABC Afterschool Special, from the surreal fantasies of The Peanut Butter Solution to the pre-teen bloodsucking melodrama The Little Vampire, KID POWER! is a heavily-illustrated collection of film writing by a diverse array of some of genre criticism’s most unique voices.