The best of minorities in cartoons: Talk shows

Dave Stevens and Tina Ames

With David Letterman’s final talk show this week, I thought I’d list a few examples of favorite characters who’ve made appearances on (in-universe) talk shows of some sort… Cleveland Brown Cleveland created his own talk show on an episode of “The Cleveland Show.” Cyberchase Jackie, Inez, and Matt all have appeared on a cyberspace talk … Read more

Anthony’s Marvel picks for August 2015

Squirrel Girl #8

Here’s a look at what’s coming out from Marvel for August 2015. A full list of solicitations are available here. Comics Howard the Human #1 (one-shot), $4 A-Force #4, $4 Hank Johnson, Agent of Hydra #1 (one-shot), $4 Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps #3, $4 All-New Hawkeye #5, $4 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #8, $4 … Read more

Anthony’s DC Comics picks for August 2015

Batman '66 #26

Here’s what’s of interest from DC Comics for August 2015. A full list of solicitations are available here. Comics Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #13, on sale Aug. 19, $4 (digital first) Bizarro #3 (of 6), on sale Aug. 5, $3 Bat-Mite #3 (of 6), on sale Aug. 5, $3 Batman ’66 #26, on sale … Read more

President Obama now has an official Twitter account

President Obama

The White House announced today that it now has an official Twitter account for the President of the United States, @POTUS. Said account will belong to whoever occupies the role of commander-in-chief. President Obama has had a Twitter account already, but an unofficial one tied to related parties. Obama fired off the first tweet earlier today: … Read more

Cartoons at the box office: The “Age of Ultron” is ended by… the power of music?

Mad Max: Fury Road

The “Age of Ultron” has finally been brought to an end by not one, but two movies. This week’s top film at the box office is the surprise hit “Pitch Perfect 2,” a musical comedy about an all-women a cappella singing group. The film opened with $70.3 million, more than double its (estimated) $29 million … Read more

The Archie Kickstarter campaign’s been cancelled

Archie #1

Archie has cancelled its Kickstarter campaign that was launched earlier this week. Said campaign had brought about much discussion among the comics crowd online, mostly over whether or not it was appropriate for such a long-lived, sizable comic publisher to turn to Kickstarter. Either way, as Archie CEO Jon Goldwater noted, much of the talk … Read more

How to make a stab at blocking referrer spam in Google Analytics

Referrer spam is a newer type of spam affecting those using Google Analytics to track site statistics. Very generally speaking, it’s traffic from bots that appear in your analytics figures with fake referrer URLs that’re just spam-related sites. The idea of such is to get you to visit the spammer’s site out of curiosity. Some types of … Read more

“Star Wars” is the top-selling comic for April 2015

Star Wars #4

Comic sales figures for April 2015 are in, and “Star Wars” #4 is the top-selling comic of the month. DC makes up the majority of comics in the top 10 this month, thanks to “Convergence” doing well (taking up five of the slots), along with the usual top 10 staple “Batman.” Comchron.com notes that “Star Wars” … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Tommy Lee, a DC Comics character. Tommy first appeared in “Superman” (vol. 1) #362 (August 1981), and was created by writer Bob Rozakis and artist Kurt Schaffenberger. Tommy was shown as one of Clark Kent’s roommates during his college years at Metropolis University; the other three were Dave … Read more

Firefox now supports DRM out of the box

Firefox

Firefox has unrolled its newest version, which now supports DRM content by default. Specifically, as of version 38 (out Tuesday) for Windows (Vista or later), Firefox will come with support for HTML5’s Encrypted Media Extension (EME) DRM standard. Instead of users manually installing Silverlight, Firefox will automatically download and install Adobe’s Content Decryption Module (CDM) once it … Read more