Minorities in cartoons: Lightning

This week’s “minorities in cartoons” entry is Lightning, a contestant on the fourth season of the Teletoon/Cartoon Network series “Total Drama Island,” dubbed “Total Drama: Revenge of the Island.” (Yes, there’s spoilers by the metric ton ahead; you’ve been warned.) Lightning, introduced this season as part of the batch of new contestants on the series, is depicted largely as a stereotypical jock, heavily into various sports, but most particularly football. (Despite the show’s setting and his overachieving jock nature, he doesn’t seem to be into…

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Pros and cons of the “New 52,” one year later

This started out originally as a comment on another site, but since apparently “what are the pros/cons of the New 52″ will be asked a lot with the one-year anniversary of DC Comics’ latest reboot now upon us, I thought I’d just write one post with my thoughts and link to that in the future (the next time someone asks). Thus, here’s my pros and cons for the “New 52.” Pros DC making some attempt at diversity, including giving some minority characters (including Static and…

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A look back over summer 2012′s blockbuster movies

Since Labor Day’s coming this weekend, marking the effective end of the summer movie season, I may as well look back now on this summer’s blockbuster films, and follow up on my post from May about how this summer’s films did or didn’t do, based on the “Jay Sherman” Test. For detailed box office information, see Box Office Mojo. Yes, some films are still in theaters, and thus their box office take can improve, but I’m just calling it as “hit,” “broke even” (if it…

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Superman and Wonder Woman a couple? Yawn.

The latest idea to come along in the bad fan fiction-like feel of the “New 52″ DC Comics reboot (now celebrating its one-year anniversary) is the announcement that Superman and Wonder Woman will be dating each other, starting in “Justice League” #12. See Newsarama’s article for details. While I haven’t had problems with seeing the two date in alternate universe set stories (“Kingdom Come,” etc.), it’s not something I want to see the “real” versions do at all. (Of course, given the “New 52″-ized “emo…

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Anthony’s trade paperback picks for November 2012

Here’s the trade paperbacks and comic strip compilations of interest coming out for November 2012. Information taken from the separate comics posts, as well as Amazon.com (for the comic strips). Marvel Spider-Man: Trouble on the Horizon TPB, on sale Dec. 19, $17 Fantagraphics Walt Disney’s Donald Duck, vol. 2: A Christmas For Shacktown (HC), on sale Nov. 7, $29 Boom Studios Garfield, vol. 1 TPB, on sale Nov. 28, $14 It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown TPB, on sale Nov. 6, $14 Comic strips Jasotron 2012: A…

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Anthony’s miscellaneous comics picks for November 2012

Here’s what’s coming out from various miscellaneous comic companies for November 2012. IDW Full solicitations available here. Love and Capes: What to Expect #4 (of 6), $4 Popeye #7, $4 Boom Studios Full solicitations available here. Garfield #7, $4 Garfield vol. 1 TPB, $14, on sale Dec. 4 Comments From the “Love and Capes” cover, I gather Zahler plans to use every joke involving how superhero comics treat babies he can. Which sounds hilarious to me… The first trade paperback of Garfield’s comic is out…

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Blog revamp 2012

As you can see, I’ve decided to give the blog a bit of a revamp. Or “quite a while of a revamp,” as doing this took longer than expected… not being satisfied with the various other WordPress themes I tried, for starters. Anyway, long-timers might recall I’ve used this “black and white” theme before; I wanted something a bit lighter than the old theme. The biggest change, of course, is that the blog now is on the main page of the site, instead of under…

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Minorities in cartoons: “Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast,” a comic strip written and drawn by Greg Fox. The strip focuses on the goings-on at a gay-oriented bed and breakfast located on Long Island. Given the strip’s setting (akin to the boarding house in 80s comic strip “Bloom County”), there’s a sizable cast of characters who’ve been added over the strip’s run. There’s also a variety of storylines, some dealing with aspects of gay culture, others with the characters’ relationship troubles. Most of…

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Anthony’s picks for Archie Comics for November 2012

Here’s what’s of interest that’s coming out from Archie for November 2012. Full solicitations are available here. Comics I’ll be buying Archie #639, on sale Nov. 28, $3 Kevin Keller #6, on sale Dec. 5, $3 Life With Archie #25, on sale Nov. 28, $4 Comics I might buy None. Comments More Christmas stories this month, as well as the George Takei crossover issue of “Kevin Keller.” Complete with Takei’s catchphrase (“oh, my”). The Christmas story in “Archie” interests me given A) the artwork (Gisele)…

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DC Comics timelines, part 1: Golden Age/Earth-2

Given the amount of online grumbling I’ve seen online about the (admittedly) compressed five-year span of DC’s current “New 52″ timeline, I thought I’d write a series of posts about DC Comics’ various timelines. I’ll also cover the timelines’ pros and cons, as they cover various takes on how to handle fictional characters’ aging, and to what degree. (For my general overview of the different ways aging is handled in cartoons, see here.) While there’ve been some minor modifications (such as the various Superman origin…

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