Squirrel Girl #2

Anthony’s Marvel picks for February 2015

Here’s what’s of interest from Marvel for February 2015. A full list of solicitations may be found here. Comics Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #5, $4 SHIELD #3, $4 All-New Captain America #4, $4 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2, $4 Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #10, $4 Trade paperbacks All-New Ultimates, vol. 2: No Gods, No Masters, $18 Comments “Ms. Marvel” is Valentine’s Day themed this month… with the special guest villain Loki. I wonder if it’s to cash in on the popularity of Loki’s live-action…

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Minorities in cartoons: “SciGirls”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the educational series “SciGirls.” Debuting in 2010, the series airs on PBS, and has had two seasons to date. “SciGirls“‘s goal is to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields to preteen girls. As such, the show features both live-action and animated portions. The animated portions are wraparound segments at the beginning and end of each episode. The animated portion’s stars are Izzie, a friendly preteen girl who likes science, and her best friend Jake, who likes to…

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Barbie struggles with programming; the stars of “Frozen” promote coding

Making the rounds online are complaints about a Barbie book for girls that supposedly promotes girls becoming interested in programming, but comes off instead as patronizing. In “Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer,” Barbie tries to come up with game ideas, but it’s male characters that end up doing most of the computer-related work. Meanwhile, Barbie ends up getting a virus on her and her younger sister Skipper’s PCs. While the book was written only a few years ago, it still goes against current attempts to…

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Fred Flintstone

The 2014 Chicago Thanksgiving Day parade cartoon balloons

Similar to last year, here’s a look at the character balloons that’ll be seen in this year’s “McDonald’s Thanksgiving Day Parade” in Chicago. Unlike the big Macy’s parade in New York, Chicago’s parade probably reflects its smaller/Midwest roots… a lot of smaller local/regional businesses (though parade sponsor McDonald’s is headquartered in Chicago), more traditional parade elements (high school marching bands aplenty), and various Chicagoland area performers. Chicago’s parade is less over-the-top than Macy’s, though the latter has more cartoon characters. However, as I noted last…

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Astro City #20

Anthony’s DC Comics picks for February 2015

Here’s what’s of interest from DC Comics for February 2015. Full solicitations are available here. Comics The Multiversity: Mastermen #1, on sale Feb. 18, $5 Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #7, on sale Feb. 18, $4 (digital first) Looney Tunes #223, on sale Feb. 4, $3 Astro City #20, on sale Feb. 11, $4 Batman ’66 #20, on sale Feb. 25, $4 (digital first) Trade paperbacks Batman ’66, vol. 3 (HC), on sale Apr. 22, $20 Adventures of Superman, vol. 3, on sale Mar. 25,…

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade

The 2014 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade cartoon balloons

Thanksgiving is approaching, and with it the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade in New York City. As usual, there’ll be plenty of spectacle, floats, Broadway musical performances, and balloons both classic (Snoopy), appeal only to certain generations (Pikachu), and outright ads (the AFLAC Duck). So, here’s a look at what balloons or balloon-like items will be featured in this year’s parade. A full list of parade floats, performers, etc. is available at Macy’s parade website, plus this press release. Balloons Hello Kitty Diary of a Wimpy Kid…

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Big Hero 6

Cartoons at the box office: “Big Hero 6″ earns $36 million for second place

This week’s top film is “Dumb and Dumber To,” which opened with $38.1 million this weekend at the box office. Gather audiences wanted to see Jim Carrey in a high-profile (or familiar) comedy more than was expected, despite being a sequel to a 20 year old film. Coming in second place is “Big Hero 6.” The Marvel/Disney superhero film earned $36 million (-35.9% from last weekend). Its totals now stand at $111.7 million domestic, $36.7 million overseas, and $148.4 million globally. Forbes notes it’s the biggest…

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Bury the Hachette: Amazon and book publisher settle their differences

For quite awhile, Amazon and large book publishing conglomerate Hachette have had a stand-off over the pricing of the publisher’s ebooks. Long story short, Amazon wanted to price their ebooks much lower than what Hachette wanted. During the months-long standoff between the two, we saw everything from Amazon slowing down shipments of Hachette’s paper books to “The Colbert Report” weighing in in favor of Hachette’s authors. (Stephen Colbert himself is such an author.) But at long last, the dispute between the two is finally over. While details…

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Girls With Slingshots

Minorities in cartoons: “Girls With Slingshots”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Girls With Slingshots,” a webcomic that’s been running since 2004. “Girls” is created by Danielle Corsetto, and runs on weekdays. The strip revolves around its two main characters, Jamie McJack (pictured above, left) and Hazel Tellington (pictured above, right), two friends who deal with various slice-of-life situations, including dating, their jobs, and so forth. The cast of characters has grown to a fairly large size. While there’s some wacky elements to the strip (such as a talking cactus),…

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President Obama

Obama urges the FCC to protect net neutrality, regulate the Internet as a utility

The other day, President Obama stated in a short video that the FCC should regulate the Internet as a utility. While Obama can’t personally do much at this point on this issue (especially with Republican control of Congress), this hasn’t stopped conservative Senator Ted Cruz of Texas from comparing net neutrality to the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.” To quote his tweet on the subject: “Net Neutrality” is Obamacare for the Internet; the Internet should not operate at the speed of government. Obviously, regulating the Internet to promote net…

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