2014 comic sales hit a 20-year high, thanks to digital and bookstore growth

Rocket Raccoon #1

The sites Comichron and ICv2 have joined together to analyze and release 2014’s comics and graphic novel sales data. The good news is that comics and graphic novels sales for 2014 are at the highest they’ve been since 1995, adjusting for inflation (not adjusting, the highest since 1993). Sales for 2014 total $935 million, up … Read more

“Secret Wars” is the top-selling comic for June 2015

Secret Wars #3

Marvel dominated the top 10 selling comics for June 2015, thanks to “Secret Wars” (again) and various other books. Unlike May, DC was back to its regular publishing schedule for June. Seven of the top 10 slots were Marvel titles; the remaining three were DC: “Batman,” “Justice League,” and “Justice League of America.” Despite the … Read more

The Internet’s now surpassed radio for music discovery in the US

Transistor radio

In the United States, the Internet is now the dominant way of discovering new music, finally topping the decades-old mainstay, radio. That’s according to a survey by Edison Research, showing that as of this year, Internet users discovering new music finally outnumber radio users, 44% to 32%. An infographic from Statista is below: Of interest is that … Read more

Cartoons at the box office: Everybody does the dinosaur (and emotions)

Inside Out cast

This is a “Jurassic World,” but it wouldn’t be anything without, uh, a Pixar film. Mangled pun attempts on two classic songs aside, “Jurassic World” and “Inside Out” were neck-and-neck this Independence Day holiday weekend at the box office. Thanks to revised Monday numbers, “Inside Out” has finally reached #1 at the box office, earning … Read more

Anthony’s Chromebook setup guide

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I’ve been a Chromebook user for about a year now. So far, the platform’s been a benefit for my casual computer usage. Additionally, Chrome OS devices have started to become popular in places such as schools. Of course, there’s no absolute need for a guide, given the easy to use nature of Chrome OS. Anyone should be … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Wade (“Kim Possible”)

Wade

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Wade, a supporting character on the 2002-2007 Disney Channel series “Kim Possible.” Like fellow kid cartoon characters Cameron, A.J., and Oliver Wendell Jones, Wade‘s a super-intelligent child genius—by the age of 10, he’d already finished college. As a genius inventor, Wade’s invents and manages many of the gadgets … Read more

New Scooby-Doo and Looney Tunes series are heading to… Boomerang?

Be Cool, Scooby-Doo

The Wall Street Journal, Variety, and Comic Book Resources have announced that the (previously announced) new Scooby-Doo and Looney Tunes series will be heading to Boomerang, not Cartoon Network. “Be Cool, Scooby-Doo” and “Wabbit” will debut on the secondary cartoon channel, as part of Time Warner’s general revamp of the Boomerang network. There’s also a series in development … Read more

10 years with Linux, and how my usage has changed

Tux

It’s been 10 years since I started using Linux as an operating system for my home PCs. A decade ago, I’d grown interested in using Linux for various reasons, including: A free (as in cost) operating system, as well as free (as in cost) software. I didn’t have much money to spend on an office … Read more

Cartoons at the box office: Better “World” than “Ted”

Inside Out cast

Filmgoers decided they’d rather see featherless dinosaurs or the latest Pixar film over “Ted 2.” The top film at the box office this weekend is once again “Jurassic World,” making $54.2 million (-49.2% from last weekend). Its totals now stand at $500.1 million domestic, $584.4 million overseas, and $1.085 billion worldwide. It’s set a new record … Read more

Package shows: Scooby-Doo, Scrappy-Doo, Richie Rich, and Puppy

Scooby and Scrappy-Doo

Another week, another package show… this time, it’s a look at the various 1980s Scooby-Doo package shows. The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show In 1980, ABC debuted “The Richie Rich/Scooby-Doo Show,” a package show consisting of Harvey comics character Richie Rich (in his animation debut) and Scooby-Doo. It’s the only Scooby-Doo package show to date where the Great Dane … Read more