Apple Pay

Retailers block Apple Pay from their stores, plan their own rival system

Apple’s recently launched Apple Pay, a means of using NFC (near-field communication) tech built into smartphones to pay for purchases at stores. Google’s had the similar Google Wallet for years; there’s also been a few other third party systems, such as Softcard (renamed recently from “Isis,” for obvious reasons). Despite being around for awhile, NFC-based payments haven’t  caught on with the public yet. Of course, Apple’s hoping to change this; the recent security breaches with credit cards and Target, etc. might help push Apple Pay…

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Minorities in cartoons: “Tutenstein”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Tutenstein,” a cartoon that ran on the Discovery Kids cable channel (now Discovery Family, by way of The Hub) from 2003 to 2008. The series’ premise is centered around its eponymous star, whose real name is “Tutankhensetamun,” a play on the name of real-life Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen (the famous “King Tut”). Dying as a 10-year-old, Tut’s sarcophagus ended up in a New York City museum 3,000 years later. There, Tut was somehow brought back to life as a living mummy (no relation…

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Cartoon Network’s “Clarence” to feature (sort of) same-sex kiss

While there are still no openly LGBT supporting characters on an American children’s TV series, some progress has been made in recent years. Disney Channel’s now-canceled “Good Luck Charlie” featured a pair of lesbian parents in its next-to-final episode. And now, we have news of a (sort of) same-sex kiss between a pair of non-recurring characters on Cartoon Network’s “Clarence,” as noted by gay media oriented blog Towelroad: Cartoon Network Features Gay Kiss In Kids’ Cartoon: VIDEO| Gay News | Towleroad Again, “sort of”… apparently…

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Captain Marvel film logo

Marvel announces its “Phase 3″ film slate: Black Panther! Captain Marvel! Inhumans!

Marvel today announced the “Phase 3″ film releases for its upcoming films (the “Marvel Cinematic Universe”). The film schedule has some welcome surprises: May 6, 2016: Captain America: Civil War November 4, 2016: Doctor Strange May 5, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 July 28, 2017: Thor: Ragnarok November 3, 2017: Black Panther July 6, 2018: Captain Marvel November 2, 2018: Inhumans May 4, 2018: Avengers: Infinity War, Part I May 3, 2019: Avengers: Infinity War, Part II The biggest news out of the above,…

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Archie #664

Anthony’s Archie Comics picks for January 2015

Here’s what’s of interest from Archie for January 2015. A full list of solicitations are available here. Comics Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #5, on sale Feb. 4, $4 Archie #664, on sale Feb. 4, $4 Trade paperbacks None. Comments We’re getting a “Game of Thrones” parody in “Archie”?! Not the most kid-friendly thing to parody, I suppose. Granted, I thought Jason Fox in “FoxTrot” liking “Game of Thrones” was a bit odd, though more for his aversion to anything involving romance/girls/”cooties,” given the show’s sexual…

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The Book of Life

Cartoons at the box office: “The Book of Life” earns $9.8 million this weekend

The top film at the box office this weekend was the horror film “Ouija,” opening with $20 million. Elsewhere, animated film “The Book of Life” dropped to fifth place (-42.4% from last weekend), earning $9.8 million. Its totals stand at $29.9 million domestic, $17.5 million overseas, and $47.5 million globally. I guess it’ll have one more weekend to earn some box office money, before “Big Hero 6″ opens, plus next weekend’s the “Day of the Dead” holiday (Nov. 1). “Alexander and the Terrible…Day” dropped to seventh place,…

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Squirrel Girl

Anthony’s Marvel picks for January 2015

Here’s what’s of interest from Marvel for January 2015. Full solicitations are available here. Comics The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1, $4 SHIELD #2, $4 All-New Captain America #3, $4 Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #4, $4 Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #9, $4 Storm #7, $4 Rocket Raccoon #7, $4 Trade paperbacks Rocket Raccoon, vol. 1: A Chasing Tale Premiere (HC), $25 Storm, vol. 1: Make It Rain, $16 Comments Squirrel Girl gains her own monthly title this month. No idea what it’ll involve, but…

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Fox to air a dramatic Archie series named “Riverdale”

News came out earlier today that Fox will be airing a dramatic live-action series based on Archie, named “Riverdale.” Details at the link below: Berlanti Set to Produce Archie Comics Drama “Riverdale” for Fox – Comic Book Resources. It sounds like it might be like the recently-ended series “Life With Archie,” set in the gang’s adulthoods in two possible futures. However, “Riverdale” will take place in the usual present-day setting. Nice that Kevin Keller will get a role, though I’d hope for the sake of…

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Madame Xanadu

Minorities in cartoons: Madame Xanadu

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Madame Xanadu, a DC Comics/Vertigo character. Madame Xanadu first appeared in “Doorway to Nightmare” #1 in 1978, and was created by David Michelinie, Val Mayerik, and Michael William Kaluta. A mystic, Madame Xanadu is sensitive to supernatural phenomena, and often uses tarot cards to interpret what she senses, including forecasting the future. She also has some limited magical abilities. “Doorway” was a short-lived horror/supernatural anthology series, with Madame Xanadu as the book’s recurring host (and story participant sometimes). “Doorway” fell victim…

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Wonder Woman

DC’s live-action news: at long last, a Wonder Woman movie! (Also: Static Shock! Cyborg! Aquaman!)

Last week, DC and Warner Bros. announced its planned slate of live-action film projects through the end of the decade. Among the most surprising news: Wonder Woman’s finally getting a stand-alone movie! The only downside is that they also made clear that this version of Diana will be based on the not-kid-friendly New 52 version, complete with the awful non-feminist “Zeus is my father” origin. (Sigh.) Warner/DC does know that despite their comics’ very narrow, limited target audience and/or wishful thinking, there’ll be tons of kids going…

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