Squirrel Girl #3

Anthony’s Marvel picks for March 2015

Here’s what’s of interest from Marvel for March 2015. A full list of solicitations are available here. Comics Princess Leia #1 (of 5), $4 Princess Leia #2 (of 5), $4 All-New Hawkeye #1, $4 Howard the Duck #1, $4 Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man #11, $4 SHIELD #4, $4 Captain America & the Mighty Avengers #6, $4 All-New Captain America #5, $4 The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3, $4 Storm #9, $4 Trade paperbacks Captain Marvel, vol. 2: Stay Fly, $20 Comments For those wondering, no “Storm”…

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Multiversity #2

Anthony’s DC Comics picks for March 2015

It’s time to look at DC Comics solicitations for March 2015. A full list of solicitations can be found here. Comics Convergence #0, on sale Apr. 1, $5 The Multiversity: Ultra Comics #1, on sale Mar. 18, $5 The Multiversity #2, on sale Apr. 1, $6 Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #8, on sale Mar. 18, $4 (digital first) Scooby-Doo Team-Up #9, on sale Mar. 4, $3 Strange Sports Stories #1 (of 4), on sale Mar. 18, $5 Astro City #21, on sale Mar. 11,…

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The Penguins of Madagascar

Cartoons at the box office: Lack-of-diversity “Exodus” pulls in a lackluster $24.5 million

The top film at the box office this weekend is the lacking-in-diversity Biblical film “Exodus: Gods and Kings.” The film brought in $24.5 million. The amount’s lower than what others had expected the film to earn (versus films such as this year’s “Noah”), and “Exodus” will probably get crushed domestically by the onslaught of films opening in the next few weeks. Forbes figures it’ll make the bulk of its money overseas, where it’s doing well. In second place is “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1,” earning…

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Archie #1

“Post-Crisis Archie?”: Archie’s getting a reboot in 2015

After nearly 75 years, Archie’s announced something surprising for its core “Archie” monthly comic: a reboot. News came earlier today that in 2015, Archie will renumber its core monthly title with an all-new #1. Accompanying this is a new creative team, writer Mark Waid (of “Flash” fame) and artist Fiona Staples, who’ll be retooling the title into what’s described as a more “modern” direction. As the New York Times notes, Plans for the redheaded Romeo include a new look and an edgier tone, which will…

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Archie #664

Archie joins Comixology’s DRM-free publishers

It looks like Archie Comics is the latest major publisher to become DRM-free on Comixology. I say “latest” since this change happened back in October, but has gone largely little-publicized outside of Comixology’s own Tumblr page. (Smaller publisher “Alternative Comics” is also now DRM-free.) Comixology’s site also doesn’t list Archie in the list of DRM-free publishers, but looking through the various books, they’re all complete with the download/archive icon: Checking the “My Backups” section, all of my previous Archie comic purchases are also all available for…

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Toni Topaz

Minorities in cartoons: Toni Topaz

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Toni Topaz, a supporting character in Archie Comics. Toni‘s first appearance was in “Jughead Double Digest” #176 (February 2012). Toni was created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz. Toni’s an African-American girl whose signature look is her pink hair and preference for purple clothing. Her initial appearance states she attends Riverdale High’s rival, Central High School. Similar to Kevin Keller and Jughead, she also possesses a voracious appetite, which she put to use in a cupcake eating contest that…

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Thoughts on the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4

Last week, I bought a new tablet, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4. The first-generation Nexus 7 I’ve had since 2012 is starting to die (problems waking up, sluggish performance even before upgrading to Android Lollipop, etc.), and I ultimately decided it was time for a new tablet. I bought the Galaxy based on trying it out in person, strong reviews and few other tenable Android options; the leading alternative would’ve been the iPad Mini 2. The other Android tablets I looked at were either discontinued (the Nexus…

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The Penguins of Madagascar

Cartoons at the box office: No new releases leads to another “Hunger Games” win

As I noted last week, there’s not a single wide new release for this weekend (a few limited-release films don’t count). As such, this is one of the slowest weekends of the year. Topping the box office is “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1,” which earned $21.6 million (-62.1% from last weekend). Its totals now stand at $257.7 million domestic, $302.8 million overseas, and $560.5 million globally. Forbes notes it’s tied for the third top-grossing film of the year with “The LEGO Movie,” and should…

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Roku Streaming Stick

Streaming video to my devices: Plex, Roku Streaming Stick, and my Mac

For several years, I’ve used my Xbox 360 as a way to stream video from my computer (via DLNA server software) to my TV. Unfortunately, the Xbox is rather finicky: when streaming works, it works fine, but it’d occasionally stop working for no discernable reason or refuse to play certain videos. I suspect it’s the nature of the 360’s age—it was originally designed/produced at a time when streaming wasn’t as prominent, plus when Microsoft was more proprietary about supported media formats. Although there’s been software updates…

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Samsung's Nook tablet

Microsoft, Barnes & Noble to split up; Nook continues its slide

It’s bad news in general lately for Barnes & Noble’s Nook property. Its tablet and digital media store haven’t fared well against the stiff competition of Amazon, Apple, Google, Kobo, and others, even with the demise of its one time chief rival bookstore chain Borders. While B&N entered a deal with Microsoft several years ago that saw the big Redmond company back Nook, it didn’t take off as well as hoped. Neither has B&N making a deal with Samsung to produce its current line of tablets (7″…

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