Thomas Kalmaku

Minorities in cartoons: Thomas Kalmaku

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Thomas “Tom” Kalmaku, a supporting character in the Green Lantern comics. Thomas first appeared in “Green Lantern” (vol. 2) #2 in October 1960, and was created by writer John Broome and artist Gil Kane. Tom was a mechanic employed at fictional Ferris Aircraft, where his pal Hal “Green Lantern” Jordan also worked. Unlike Lois Lane, Steve Trevor, Jimmy Olsen, and other comic characters who’re close pals of the main hero, Tom was in on Hal’s secret identity from the start. He’d…

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Batman '66: The Lost Episode

Anthony’s DC Comics picks for November 2014

Here’s what’s of interest coming out from DC Comics for November. Full solicitations are available here. Comics The Multiversity: Pax Americana #1, on sale Nov. 19, $5 Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet #6 (of 6), on sale Nov. 5, $3 (digital-first) Batman ’66: The Lost Episode #1, on sale Nov. 19, $10 (digital-first) Batman ’66 #17, on sale Nov. 26, $3 (digital-first) Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #4, on sale Nov. 19, $4 (digital-first) Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #6 (of 6), on…

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The Lego Movie

The best digital video store for cross-platform support?

I’ve written previously on the issues surrounding digital media support if one happens to not have all of one’s devices in the same “walled garden”/”ecosystem.” In my case, my current devices consist of: a Mac Mini; an Xbox 360; a Nexus 4 smartphone; a Nexus 7 tablet; a Chromebook; and an HP laptop with Linux Mint. Since the major tech conglomerates seem bent on pushing their own devices/stores as much as possible, cross-platform support has historically been mediocre. Thanks to digital rights management (DRM), it’s…

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Cartoons at the box office: Turtle power (and Michael Bay) drives TMNT to a second week at #1

Apparently, the general public likes Michael Bay films plenty (despite heavy criticism of his filmmaking), as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” topped the box office for a second week in a row. The reboot starring the hideous-looking CGI turtles earned $28.4 million. (They got the “mutant” part right, I suppose.) Its totals to date stand at $117.6 million domestically and $67.5 million overseas, for a global total of $185.1 million. A sequel’s already been approved for 2016. “Guardians of the Galaxy” again came in in second place,…

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Alysia Yeoh

Minorities in cartoons: Alysia Yeoh

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Alysia Yeoh, a supporting character to Barbara Gordon (Batgirl). Alysia first appeared in “Batgirl” (vol. 4) #1 in November 2011. Alysia was created by writer Gail Simone and artist Ardian Syaf. Alysia’s backstory states she moved to the United States from Singapore, and settled into Gotham City. There, Alysia works as a bartender, while also engaged as a painter and an activist (she’s against Bruce Wayne’s gentrification practices). Eventually, Alysia advertises for a new roommate, and finds one—Barbara Gordon. Barbara…

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Thoughts on the Chromebook two weeks later

It’s been a bit over two weeks since I’ve bought the Acer C720 Chromebook. So far, I’m enjoying owning the Chromebook, and have put it through its paces to see if my initial ideas about Chrome OS paid off. My thoughts on it so far: Typing is OK, though it’s taken getting used to not having physical buttons on the trackpad, unlike the ones on my old HP laptop. Fortunately, one can plug in an external mouse (corded or wireless) to use the Chromebook that…

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Robin Williams

RIP Robin Williams

Today brought sad news of the death of actor/comedian Robin Williams at the age of 63. Williams had a presence in the world of animation, where he did voice work for cartoons, including an animated version of his hit primetime sitcom “Mork and Mindy.” He also did guest voices on series such as “Tiny Toon Adventures.” However, his most famous voice was the Genie in Disney’s “Aladdin.” Williams didn’t return to voice Genie in the direct-to-video spinoff “The Return of Jafar” or the TV series (Dan Castellaneta,…

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Cartoons at the box office: The heroes in a half-shell exhibit “turtle power”

This weekend’s box office was topped by the latest reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this time by Michael Bay of “Transformers” fame. Despite the CGI-Turtles’ lousy looks, they topped the box office this weekend, earning $65 million. It’s already earned $28.7 million overseas, for a global total of $93.7 million. Meanwhile, last week’s champ, “Guardians of the Galaxy,” dropped to second place, earning $41.5 million. Its totals to date stand at $175.9 million domestic (topping its $170 million budget) and $137.3 million overseas,…

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Moose and Archie

Lesson learned from Archie this week: “bullying is bad, unless they’re your pal?”

This week, I bought the newest (and long-delayed) issue of “Kevin Keller“, which shows our openly gay teen hero being heralded in-story for standing up to a mugger, and later stopping a pair of bullies from harassing a kid. Like other Kevin Keller stories, the message is clearly that bullying’s a bad thing. Then I moved onto the newest issue of the regular “Archie” title, a slapstick story with Riverdale’s girls trying to teach an egoistical Archie a lesson on how to treat girls better.…

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Rocket Raccoon

July 2014′s top-selling comic is…Rocket Raccoon?

Comics sales figures for July 2014 are in, and interestingly, the top-selling comic is… Marvel’s “Rocket Raccoon” #1. Apparently, a reseller of pop cultural merchandise bought a ton of copies, which probably helped its numbers. Speaking of anticipation for the film, Star-Lord’s own book came in at #9. Meanwhile, the top 10 graphic novels/trade paperbacks list looks like night and day in comparison to the superhero-heavy “floppies.” The top-selling trade paperback is “The Walking Dead” vol. 21. The only DC or Marvel material in the list is “Deadpool…

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