Jughead Jones revealed to be asexual

This week’s issue of the rebooted “Jughead” comic (“Jughead” #4) makes a pretty big revelation (or depending on point of view, confirmation) about its star, Forsythe Pendleton Jones III, as shown in the panel below. As written and drawn by Chip Zdarsky (of “Sex Criminals”) and Erica Henderson (of “Squirrel Girl”) a conversation between Jughead and Kevin … Continue reading “Jughead Jones revealed to be asexual”

Thoughts on Super Bowl 50’s commercials and halftime show

The Super Bowl has once again come and gone, with the Denver Broncos beating the Carolina Panthers 24-10 in Super Bowl 50. No Roman numerals this year, as “FoxTrot” joked about. With the game comes the usual ads and halftime show analyses. Commercials The game itself was so-so (I admit I was hoping for the … Continue reading “Thoughts on Super Bowl 50’s commercials and halftime show”

“The Walking Dead” tops January 2016 comic sales

“The Walking Dead” #150 topped a light comic sales month for January 2016. As usual, however, Marvel dominated comic sales, thanks to the strength of “Star Wars.” Here’s the top 10 selling comics. Figures from Comichron and Diamond. The Walking Dead #150, $2.99 (Image) Secret Wars #9, $4.99 (Marvel) Spider-Man/Deadpool #1, $3.99 (Marvel) Star Wars … Continue reading ““The Walking Dead” tops January 2016 comic sales”

Just how big is Smallville?

Since its naming in “Superboy” #2 in 1949, Superman’s childhood hometown has officially been the town of Smallville. While its aspects (and location) have varied over the decades since, one thing’s consistent: that it’s, well, a small town. Or is it? Just how small, or big, is Smallville? Golden and Silver Age Across various versions, Smallville’s a … Continue reading “Just how big is Smallville?”

Twitter to offer an algorithm-based timeline? (Edit: Or not?)

News came late Friday that Twitter plans its latest alteration to its service. The service plans to offer an “algorithm”-based timeline. Instead of the current real-time timeline offered, tweets will now be displayed based on “relevancy” and “timeliness.” The decision is the latest in Twitter’s attempts to both boost its popularity and appease Wall Street … Continue reading “Twitter to offer an algorithm-based timeline? (Edit: Or not?)”

Music streaming now counts for gold, platinum records

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the American music industry organization, has decided to start factoring in streaming of music into whether an album is certified gold or platinum. Traditionally, it’s been 500,000 album sales to go gold, and a million to go platinum. Now, said sales will include streaming figures. The RIAA’s decided … Continue reading “Music streaming now counts for gold, platinum records”

Minorities in cartoons: “Class of the Titans”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Class of the Titans,” a Canadian animated series that ran from 2005 to 2008 on Teletoon. The series‘ premise: after thousands of years, the imprisoned Greek god Cronus finally escaped, after a planetary alignment on New Year’s Eve. The Greek gods discovered and set out to fulfill a prophecy … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Class of the Titans””

Does Facebook’s Android app drain the phone battery?

The website BGR, The Guardian newspaper, and a Reddit user all have reported on Facebook’s Android app supposedly being a resource hog. According to these three sources, the social network’s app not only puts a drain on battery life, but also stresses other system resources. Said resource usage isn’t reflected in the phone’s statistics for … Continue reading “Does Facebook’s Android app drain the phone battery?”

Tablet sales drop for 2015, detachables sell OK

Research firm IDC reports that tablet makers shipped 206.8 million tablets, down 10.1% from 2014. Sales of tablets also dropped from 2014, by 13.7%. The only growth area is in “detachables,” or tablets with keyboard attachments. The leaders in this area would be at the higher end. The iPad Pro sold over two million units … Continue reading “Tablet sales drop for 2015, detachables sell OK”

DC Comics to reboot Hanna-Barbera characters

Last week came the surprising news—from DC Comics heads Dan DiDio and Jim Lee no less—that DC Comics will be rebooting Hanna-Barbera characters in comic form. Hanna-Barbera, like DC Comics, is owned by the Time Warner media empire. The reboot focuses on making a handful of characters more contemporary. The characters/books include: Scooby Apocalypse. The … Continue reading “DC Comics to reboot Hanna-Barbera characters”