Minorities in cartoons: “Lumberjanes”

Lumberjanes #2

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Lumberjanes,” a comic published by Boom! Studios.  The first issue of “Lumberjanes” was published in April 2014. The comic was created by Boom! Studios editor Shannon Watters, writers Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson, and artist Brooke Allen. “Lumberjanes” is about a group of girls who attend an all-girl … Read more

“DuckTales” is being revived for Disney XD in 2017

DuckTales

The classic 1987 animated series “DuckTales” is coming back to TV in a revival (or reboot). Disney’s announced a new “DuckTales” series will be produced for Disney XD, and will debut sometime in 2017. “DuckTales” was a turning point for TV animation, and in my opinion, the TV cartoon that helped spark the modern era of … Read more

My favorite comic readers by operating system

Simple Comic

Given my cross-platform and multiple operating system device usage, I have a fair amount of interest in software that’s compatible across multiple “eco-systems,” or “walled gardens” if you prefer. When this isn’t possible, I’ll just use the best native software available for each device. With that in mind, here’s a look at the best software … Read more

Google Wallet will be pre-installed on T-Mobile, AT&T, and Verizon Android smartphones

Google Wallet

Google’s own Wallet smartphone payment service hasn’t been getting as much traction as Google’s hoped. Despite the temper-tantrum thrown by a few stores over Apple Pay a few months back, Apple’s service seems to be gaining ground, thanks in part to its control over iOS/iPhones. Less so for Wallet, Softcard, and other services. To rectify this, Google’s … Read more

Apple to introduce more diverse emoji

Facebook emoji

For the unaware, emoji are graphic icons often used in text messages, social media, etc. that are meant to serve as a replacement for the more traditional emoticons. First catching on in Japan, they’ve since become wildly popular. As an example, if you want to type a “smiley face,” there’s the traditional emoticon: :-) With emoji, … Read more

Disney sweeps the 2015 animation Oscars, “Birdman” flies off with Best Picture

Baymax and Hiro

This year’s Oscars are over, and Disney’s swept this year’s animation categories. The winners are in bold type below. Animated Feature Film Big Hero 6 The Boxtrolls How to Train Your Dragon 2 Song of the Sea The Tale of the Princess Kaguya Animated Short Film The Bigger Picture The Dam Keeper Feast Me and My … Read more

Cartoons at the box office: “Fifty Shades” drops 73%, SpongeBob still soaks up third place

SpongeBob SquarePants

Last week’s box office champ, “Fifty Shades of Grey,” dropped 72.7% from its massive opening debut, earning $23.2 million. However, it’s still in first place for this weekend. In third place, “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water” pulled in another $15.5 million (-50.7%). To date, it’s earned $125.2 million domestic, $76 million overseas, and … Read more

Anthony’s miscellaneous comics picks for May 2015

Donald Duck #1

Here’s a look at what’s coming out from various comic companies in May 2015. IDW A full list of solicitations are available here. Superman: The Atomic Age Sundays, vol. 1: 1949-1953, $50 Donald Duck #1, $4 Uncle Scrooge #2, $4 Jem and the Holograms #3, $4 Powerpuff Girls Super Smash-Up #5, $4 Image A full … Read more

Lenovo installs security-breaking adware on its laptops

lenovo_laptop

Computer manufacturer Lenovo’s been caught doing what’s definitely a very bad thing. While all Windows laptop makers install junk software on their computers (to boost profit margins), Lenovo’s gone one “better.” Between September 2014 and January 2015, Lenovo installed on its laptops its own HTTPS certificate that replaces the standard encryption normally used by browsers, as a … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Bishop

Bishop

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Bishop, an X-Men character. Bishop first appeared in “Uncanny X-Men” #282 (November 1991), and was created by Whilce Portacio and Jim Lee. Bishop’s backstory is extremely convoluted and, well, extreme in general, being A) an X-Men character, B) involving time travel, and C) being a 90s comic character. … Read more