A look back over summer 2014′s blockbuster movies

It’s time again to look back at what films this summer did well or lousy at the box office. I’ve broken them out by “success,” “broke even” (within ±10% of what it cost to make) or “flop” based on total global box office figures, with domestic successes or failures noted. There’s also further statistics listed at the end. A slight change from previous years—I figure while a film could flop here, it could still be deemed a success overall if the rest of the world liked…

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Guardians of the Galaxy

Cartoons at the box office: “Guardians” ends the summer movie season in first place

“Guardians of the Galaxy” is again the top-grossing film at the box office. The film earned $16.3 million; its domestic total stands at $274.5 million, and international total at $273.1 million, for a global take of $547.7 million. Not only has “Guardians” domestically surpassed “Transformers: Age of Extinction” to be the summer’s top-earning film, it’s also finally surpassed “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” to become the domestic top earning film of the year. Globally, “Transformers” is the top-earning film of the summer and year, with no…

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Chromebook with Mr. Peabody & Sherman

One month with the Chromebook

It’s been about a month since I bought my Chromebook, so I thought I’d give another update. Not much has changed since the last update a few weeks ago, but things are going fine. I’ve ordered from Amazon an actual sleeve for the Chromebook, which should fit much better than my old laptop bag, and should be here soon. There’s a minor scratch on the lid (thus a reason for a better-fitting sleeve), but doesn’t seem noticeable from a distance. I’m not sure if it’s…

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Kamala Khan

Minorities in cartoons: Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Kamala Khan, the current holder of the superhero identity Ms. Marvel. Kamala first appeared in “Captain Marvel” #14 (September 2013), and was created by writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona. Kamala’s backstory states she’s the daughter of Pakistani immigrants who moved to Jersey City, New Jersey. Kamala grew up respectful of her Muslim background, but also wanted to fit in with her peers. She’s also a huge fan of Carol Danvers, the former Ms. Marvel who’d recently…

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Miles Morales

Miles Morales to appear in upcoming episodes of “Ultimate Spider-Man”

News came that Miles Morales will be appearing in upcoming episodes of Disney XD’s series “Ultimate Spider-Man.” This particular incarnation of Spidey on TV features a fourth-wall-breaking Peter Parker being trained in heroics by Nick Fury of SHIELD. Peter isn’t alone in his training; accompanying him in training are fellow teen heroes Luke Cage, White Tiger, Nova, and Iron Fist. The show’s currently on its third season, and has renamed itself “Ultimate Spider-Man: Web-Warriors.” This season features Peter joining the Avengers, and a storyline involving Peter…

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Bob's Burgers

Animation winners of the 2014 primetime Emmy Awards

This year’s primetime Emmys were awarded last Monday night. As a followup to my post on the nominees, here’s a look at which ones have won (winners are in blue). The full list of Emmy winners is available here (plus the Emmys’ main site for the technical categories). Outstanding Animated Program “Archer” “Bob’s Burgers” “Futurama” “South Park” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program “Adventure Time” “Mickey Mouse” “Phineas and Ferb” “Regular Show” “Robot Chicken” Outstanding Character Voice-Over Performance “Mickey Mouse,” Chris Diamantapolous as Mickey “Dog…

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Lois Lane

Lois Lane is getting her own young adult novel

Some good news to report for Lois Lane fans. Despite DC’s comic side not publishing her own ongoing comic, Lois will be appearing in a young adult novel next May. Titled “Fallout” and written by Gwenda Bond, the story focuses on a teenaged Lois Lane, as the following publisher summary describes: Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas…

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All-New Captain America #1

Anthony’s Marvel picks for November 2014

Here’s what’s of interest coming out from Marvel for November. Full solicitations are available here. Comics Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #1, $4 Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #2, $4 All-New Captain America #1, $4 Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #7, $4 All-New Ultimates #10, $4 Trade paperbacks Amazing Spider-Man #1.1: Learning to Crawl, $18 Comments After a long absence from the blog, I thought I’d give listing Marvel stuff a go again. I’ve been trying to catch up via trade paperbacks on my…

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Yet more sexism in comics: Yale Stewart and Spider-Woman

Once again, sexism reared its ugly head in the comics medium during the past week… Last week, it was fully revealed (after being an “open secret” for awhile) that artist Yale Stewart had sent unsolicited lewd pictures of himself to various women. Stewart is the cartoonist of the popular webcomic “JL8,” about child versions of DC Comics’ Justice League members. Stewart’s placed his comic on an indefinite (and likely permanent) hiatus, while also issuing an apology. Meanwhile, Stewart’s also facing accusations from another artist (Ulises Farinas) that his fundraising artwork for…

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Breaking Stephan: A Pearls Before Swine Collection

Anthony’s miscellaneous comics picks for November 2014

Here’s what’s of interest coming out from various comic companies in November. IDW Full solicitations are available here. Cartoon Network: Super Secret Crisis War! #6 (of 6), $4 Image Full solicitations are available here. Oddly Normal #3, on sale Nov. 26, $3 Boom Studios Full solicitations are available here. Steven Universe #4, $4 Lumberjanes #8, $4 Fantagraphics Walt Disney’s Uncle Scrooge: The Seven Cities of Gold (HC), on sale Nov. 2, $30 Comic strip compilations Living the Dream: A Mutts Treasury, on sale Nov. 4,…

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