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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Batman '66 #19

Anthony’s DC Comics picks for January 2015

We’ve finally reached the oh-so-futuristic year 2015 with comic solicitations. Here’s a look at what’s of interest coming out from DC in January; full solicitations are available here. Comics The Multiversity Guidebook #1, on sale Jan. 21, $8 Batman ’66 #19, on sale Jan. 28, $3 (digital first) Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #6, on sale Jan. 21, $4 (digital first) Scooby-Doo Team-Up #8,  on sale Jan. 7, $3 Astro City #19, on sale Jan. 14, $4 Trade paperbacks Batman ’66 Meets the Green Hornet (HC),…

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OS X Yosemite

Apple announces new iPads, a new Mac Mini model, and OS X Yosemite

Last Thursday, Apple made several announcements at a press conference about its new tablet and desktop offerings. My thoughts on the more noteworthy offerings follow. iPads The iPad Air 2 is an upgrade over the previous model, which is still being offered as the plain iPad Air for $100 less. Apple’s also announced the iPad Mini 3, replacing the previous model. Interestingly, said model is still being offered as the iPad Mini 2 for $100 less than the iPad Mini 3, while the original non-Retina iPad Mini is…

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The Book of Life

Cartoons at the box office: “The Book of Life” opens with $17 million, third place

This weekend’s top film was the Brad Pitt World War II drama “Fury,” earning $23.5 million at the box office. Elsewhere, the new CGI animated film “The Book of Life” opened in third place (behind “Gone Girl”), earning $17 million. The film, about the “Dia de los Muertos” (Day of the Dead) Mexican holiday with a Latino voice and production staff, has also earned $8.4 million overseas. Its global total stands at $25.4 million to date, half of its $50 million production cost. “Alexander and…

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"Superman Family" #208, July 1981. Art by John Calnan.

A look at Superman’s power of super-ventriloquism

On the heels of my previous Superman-related posts comes this new one about one of Superman’s more unusual powers: super-ventriloquism. This power’s often the first one cited by Superman haters as “proof” of how Superman is “too powerful” or “lame,” and has even made various “Lamest Superman power” lists. Still, nobody seems to have written about what it is, or why Superman even has such a power. What is super-ventriloquism, anyway? Super-ventriloquism is the ability of Kryptonians (like Superman) to literally “throw” their voice across great distances to a specific location or…

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Dr. Hibbert

Minorities in cartoons: Dr. Hibbert

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Dr. Julius Hibbert, a supporting character on “The Simpsons.” Dr. Hibbert first appeared in the second season episode “Bart the Daredevil,” and is voiced by Harry Shearer. Dr. Hibbert’s a loose parody of Bill Cosby’s character from “The Cosby Show,” Dr. Huxtable. As such, Dr. Hibbert’s good natured, though prone to chuckling at odd times (and about almost anything). Being the Simpsons’ family’s doctor, he’s delivered all three of Marge’s children, as well as overseen their various medical emergencies, ranging…

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Nexus 6

Google announces new Nexus devices and the newest version of Android, “Lollipop”

Today, Google announced (a day ahead of Apple’s own big new product news) several new products, as well as the newest version of Android, “Lollipop.” There’d been much debate over what the new Android OS name would be, including “licorice” or another licensed product (a la KitKat). Of course, now there’ll probably be various jokes about how “Lollipop sucks” or somesuch. Anyway, the new Nexus devices include: Nexus 6 The Nexus 6 is Google’s newest plain-Android smartphone, produced by Motorola. Unlike the previous few generations, including…

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Alexander and the Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Day

Cartoons at the box office: “Gone Girl” stays at #1, “Alexander” does great at #3

Moviegoers still think “Gone Girl” is a “real gone” film (50s/60s slang for “really cool,” if you’re wondering), as it came in first place at the box office again. “Gone Girl” earned $26.8 million this weekend (-28.6% from last weekend); its total stands at $78.3 million domestic, $62.1 million overseas, and $140.4 million globally. Opening in third place (behind another horror film, “Dracula Untold”) is the family film “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.” The film, based on the children’s book, earned…

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