Boom Kids! becomes “kaboom!,” releases a Peanuts graphic novel

Boom Kids!, the all-ages imprint of Boom! Studios, has now renamed itself “kaboom!” Kaboom! will continue to publish child-friendly titles, including the non-Pixar Disney comics line (the Pixar comics have moved to Disney-owned Marvel Comics). One of kaboom!’s new titles is a graphic novel adaptation of a new “Peanuts” animated special, “Happiness is a Warm … Read more

Liferea article to appear in newest issue of Ubuntu User magazine

I’ve got another article appearing in the latest issue of “Ubuntu User” magazine, the magazine dedicated to the popular Linux distribution. While the article isn’t available online, issue #8 will be available on newsstands March 11 in North America and April 11 in Australia. Meanwhile, it’s been available for several weeks in Europe. The article … Read more

The metric system in animation

The metric system, the measurement system used by the entire world save the United States (and Myanmar/Burma and Liberia) saw a short-lived promotion in the US during the 70s, as the government made an unsuccessful attempt at converting the country to the metric system. Unfortunately, the conversion efforts didn’t succeed; my guesses why America never … Read more

Black animated and comic characters: Wyatt Williams (“6Teen”)

Heading back north of the border for today’s entry, we come to Canadian animated character Wyatt Williams, from Teletoon’s 2000s animated series “6Teen,” a show about a group of six friends and their hijinks at a Mall of America-sized shopping mall. Wyatt, an African-Canadian youth with a near-addiction to drinking coffee, is portrayed as the … Read more

RIP Dwayne McDuffie

I and the rest of the comics/animation enthusiast world was surprised today by the news that Dwayne McDuffie has died, due to complications from a surgical procedure. Comic Book Resources has this nice summary of McDuffie’s career. I was introduced to McDuffie’s work through reading the Milestone Comics line of characters when I was in … Read more

Washington’s Birthday/Presidents’ Day (and George Washington) in cartoons

(Updated 2/17/13) Today in these United States is Washington’s Birthday, or “Presidents’ Day” as it’s increasingly called (thanks to advertisers/possibly a push to combine Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays into one generic, days-off-minimizing holiday?). In honor of the country’s first president, mail isn’t delivered, banks are closed, and so forth. Cartoons don’t seem to make much … Read more

Black animated and comic characters: The Falcon

(Updated 7/16/14) Today’s entry is Marvel hero the Falcon (real name Sam Wilson). The Falcon is noteworthy as American comics’ first African-American superhero (Marvel’s earlier Black Panther is from Africa), and the first one without “Black” in his name. The Falcon first appeared in “Captain America” #117 in 1969, and was created by Stan Lee and Gene … Read more

Comic review: Darkwing Duck #9

Darkwing Duck #9 Written by: Ian Brill Art by: James Silvani This issue starts off by picking up the previous storyline’s plot about Darkwing’s reputation being ruined by the alternate-universe Darkwings running amok. With Launchpad’s help, DW attempts to improve his image. It isn’t long, however, before the main new plot begins: old Darkwing enemy … Read more

Comic review: Tiny Titans #37

Tiny Titans #37 Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco Art by: Art Baltazar This month’s issue features the “Shazam Family” (or “(Captain) Marvel Family” of course, if it weren’t for Marvel Comics trademarking the use of “Marvel” on a comic book cover). The overall story features Mr. Talky Tawny, the talking tiger, serving as a … Read more

Black animated and comic characters: John Stewart (“Green Lantern”)

Moving on in this series (and in time for the upcoming movie this summer), we come to John Stewart, one of Earth’s several Green Lanterns. John Stewart first appeared in “Green Lantern” (vol. 2) #87 in December 1971/January 1972, and was created by Dennis O’Neil and Neal Adams. Stewart (no relation to “The Daily Show” … Read more