Anthony’s miscellaneous comics picks for July 2015

Walt Disney's Comics & Stories #721

Here’s a look at what’s coming out from various comic companies for July. Archie A full list of solicitations is available here. The Shield #2, on sale July 15, $4 The Fox #5, on sale Aug. 5, $4 Archie vs. Sharknado #1 (one-shot), on sale July 22, $5 IDW A full list of solicitations is … Read more

DC Entertainment launches a superheroine initiative aimed at girls

DC Entertainment has announced it’s planning to launch “DC Super Hero Girls,” a major initiative due this fall. Aimed at girls ages 6-12, it’ll feature teenage versions of various DC superheroines and supervillainesses, including Wonder Woman, Bumblebee (spelled “Bumble Bee” in the press release for some reason), Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and others. Designed … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Skyrocket

Skyrocket

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Skyrocket, a DC Comics superheroine. Skyrocket (real name: Celia Forrestal) first appeared in “JLA” #61 (February 2002), and was created by Kurt Busiek and Tom Grummett. Celia’s backstory states she grew up in St. Louis, where her parents were scientists working for Argo Technologies. A lieutenant in the … Read more

Anthony’s DC Comics picks for July 2015

Batman '66 #25

Here’s what’s of interest coming out from DC Comics in July. A full list of solicitations is available here. Comics Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #12, on sale July 15, $4 (digital first) Starfire #2, on sale July 8, $3 Bizarro #2 (of 6), on sale July 1, $3 Bat-Mite #2 (of 6), on sale … Read more

Anthony’s Marvel picks for July 2015

Ms. Marvel #17

Here’s what’s of interest from Marvel in July 2015. A full list of solicitations are available here. Comics Ms. Marvel #17, $3 A-Force #3, $4 Giant-Size Little Marvel: AVX #2, $4 Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps #2, $4 Howard the Duck #5, $4 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7, $4 Trade paperbacks Star Wars: Skywalker Strikes, … Read more

The Iceman Cometh… Out

Iceman

Not a hoax, not a dream, and not an imaginary story, but it does sort of involve time-travel hijinks. This week’s issue of the comic “All-New X-Men” #40 reveals that original X-Men team member (and “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends” member) Bobby Drake, aka Iceman, will come out as gay. More details are available in this The … Read more

Women have written six of the New York Times’ top 10 graphic novels this week

Sisters

Making the rounds on Twitter today was this news: six of the top 10 graphic novels currently on the New York Times’ bestsellers’ list are written by women. The list (for the week of April 26) is as follows: Drama by Raina Telgemeier Smile by Raina Telgemeier Sisters by Raina Telgemeier Ms. Marvel, vol. 2, … Read more

Cartoons at the box office: “Furious 7″ still on top, now seventh top-grossing film of all time

Furious 7

As expected, “Furious 7″ once again topped the box office, earning another $29.1 million (-51.2% from last weekend). The “Fast and the Furious” installment’s current tallies stand at $294.4 million domestic, a whopping $858.3 million overseas, and a global total of $1.153 billion. That makes “Furious 7″ globally the top grossing film released in 2015 … Read more

Flickr photo account updated, now with more Creative Commons photos

Seattle's Fremont neighborhood, summer 2014

I’ve finally updated and sorted through my Flickr photos account, which has mostly lied dormant since moving my photo backups to Google+ Photos last year. While Google+ Photos is convenient and does a lot of good things, one area it’s admittedly still weak on is in sharing photos with others outside of Google+. I imagine the recent … Read more

Trailers for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Batman V Superman” on the same day?

Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens

“Your two favorite franchises in one day of trailers” was the story this week, as we got two noteworthy trailers within a day of each other. The first is for “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Due out in December, the new trailer shows more aspects of the film’s new characters, including Finn, aka “the Black guy … Read more