Thoughts on “The Looney Tunes Show” preview clips

The other day I, like the rest of the online world, got to see clips of the upcoming new Looney Tunes TV series, “The Looney Tunes Show.” Unlike the original shorts, this spinoff seems to be taking a more sitcom-like approach, keeping the characters in one setting (a suburban neighborhood), and more emphasis on dialogue than slapstick humor from what I’ve seen. The series debuts May 3 at 8 PM ET on Cartoon Network. A few of the better aspects: The “Krypton” clip. Big surprise…

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Easter specials that pass (or fail) the Bechdel Test

In the spirit of last Christmas’ post about Christmas specials that pass (or fail) the Bechdel Test, I thought it’d be fun to apply the same thing toward the handful of animated Easter specials that’ve been produced. Pass: It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown: One of the best of the animated TV Easter specials also passes this test easily, thanks to Peppermint Patty’s repeated failed-but-hilarious efforts to teach Marcie how to prepare and color Easter eggs. Fail: Bugs Bunny’s Easter Special: One of the various…

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Comic review: Love and Capes: Ever After #2

Love and Capes: Ever After #2 Written by: Thom Zahler Art by: Thom Zahler The second issue of the five-part miniseries focuses on the happy couple (Mark and Abby) and their parents, as the two sets of parents pay their respective offspring a simultaneous visit. Mark and Abby also ponder whether (and how) to tell Abby’s parents about his alter-ego. All this, plus fun with temporal hijinks! Another fun issue. Favorite parts: the cover (reminiscent of a Silver Age Lois Lane or Flash cover); the…

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The “Jay Sherman Test” applied to summer 2011 animated and comic book films

Besides the well-known Bechdel Test, another possible set of rules for movie-viewing, though way more lenient than the Bechdel Test, might be the ones that were proposed by Jay Sherman in the 90s animated series The Critic. While the show had some flaws (too many forced attempts at being “wacky” at times, especially after it moved from ABC to Fox), it did have its moments. In an episode where he’s forced out of his job as a film critic and winds up hosting a show on public…

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Comic review: Tiny Titans #38

Tiny Titans #38 Written by: Art Baltazar and Franco Art by: Art Baltazar This issue centers around Aquaman’s youthful sidekick, Aqualad (the original Aqualad, not the current African-American one), and several misadventures he has under the sea. After meeting a young lady named “Aquagirl,” Aqualad (along with Lagoon Boy) join her underwater version of the Tiny Titans. There’s also several bits centering around the heroes’ aquatic pets (showing a few members of the underwater-Titans aren’t the brightest), and a funny sequence centered around the “Aquaman…

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Archie comic reviews: World of Archie Double Digest #5, Veronica #205

World of Archie Double Digest #5 Written by: various Art by: various This issue of “World of Archie” features a complete reprint of the “Tiny Titans/Little Archie” crossover storyline from last fall. Interesting that it’d be cheaper (at $4) to buy this digest than the individual issues (three issues at $3 each = $9), plus you’d receive extra material to boot. For newer (reprint) material, the rest of the digest begins with several stories about Mr. Weatherbee and Svenson (the school’s Swedish janitor). We then…

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Anthony’s picks for Archie Comics for June 2011

Here’s what I’m interested in for Archie for June 2011. As usual, the two dates are in order of comic shop and newsstand availability: http://www.majorspoilers.com/solicitations-archie-comics-for-june-2011 Comics I’m buying: Archie & Friends #156, on sale June 15/June 21, $3 Betty & Veronica Double Digest #192, on sale July 6/July 12, $4 Kevin Keller #1 (Veronica #207), on sale June 8/June 14, $3 Comics I’m considering buying: Archie & Friends Double Digest #6, on sale June 15/June 21, $4 Betty & Veronica #254, on sale June 29/July…

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Anthony’s picks for Marvel Comics for June 2011

Here’s my choices for what Marvel’s putting out for June 2011: http://www.newsarama.com/comics/marvel-june-2011-solicitations-110322.html Comics I’ll be buying: Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #15, $3 Marvel Adventures Super Heroes #15, $3 Comics I might buy: Human Torch & Hulk: From the Marvel Vault #1, $4 Hulk-Sized Mini-Hulks #1, $3 Comments: Lots of Thor and Captain America this month, per the two heroes’ movies being out this summer. “Super Heroes” features Cap, among others. Meanwhile, “Spider-Man” features Spidey at the UN fighting some plot by Dr. Doom. Should be an…

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GLAAD awards this year’s “outstanding comic” to “X-Factor”

LGBT media watchdog group GLAAD’s announced its winners in this year’s award show. For the category of “outstanding comic,” the winner this year is Peter David’s “X-Factor,” one of the (875) monthly X-Men-related titles. I was hoping for “Veronica” to win, given it’s broken ground by being a comic mainly aimed at children/preteens with a positive gay character introduced. Still, it’s nice (if unusual) to see an Archie title just get nominated nominated…

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AT&T to buy T-Mobile: not a good sign

In the tech news here this week is the announcement that US telecom giant AT&T is buying smaller mobile carrier T-Mobile, which will reduce the number of nationwide major carriers to three (AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, though Sprint is smaller than the “big two”). Ars Technica reports all the ugly details of this, and why such a merger is a bad idea: http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2011/03/analysis-higher-prices-fewer-choices-once-att-swallows-t-mobile.ars As the article (and a million other people online) have noted by now, this is definitely a bad thing for the already-sorry…

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