This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That.” The series, based on the classic Dr. Seuss “Cat in the Hat” books (including an educational spin-off line), debuted on PBS in 2010. The series emphasizes teaching lessons about nature to its kid viewers.Read more
A look at what comics are coming out from Marvel in November 2016, including “Moon Girl,” “Champions,” “Squirrel Girl,” “Patsy Walker,” and the new Iron Man character Riri Williams, also known as “Ironheart.”Read more
A look at what’s coming out from DC Comics this month, including “Bombshells,” the crossover between “Batman ’66” and “Steed and Mrs. Peel” (aka the UK TV show “The Avengers”), and a new series from the creators of “Tiny Titans.”Read more
Starting tomorrow, NPR’s dropping comments from its site. NPR made the announcement last week, stating that while they want interaction with their users, very few people visiting their sites bothered to comment. They also noted spam and trolling, plus that most conversations about stories are taking place via social media.Read more
Snapchat’s made some racially insensitive blunders with its filters not once, but twice, this year. An example of why the tech industry needs diverse staff?Read more
This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “B,” a character on Teletoon’s “Total Drama” series.
B debuted during the series’ fourth season, “Total Drama: Revenge of the Island,” which featured a new batch of contestants competing for the show’s $1 million (Canadian) prize. B’s main two traits are that he doesn’t speak even once (and thus has no voice actor), and is an engineering genius.Read more
On Tuesday, Univision won the right (at a bankruptcy auction) to buy Gawker and its related sites (including Gizmodo and Lifehacker) for $135 million.
While Univision’s mainly famous as the US’ dominant Spanish-language broadcast TV network, it’s been on a big buying spree lately. Univision wants to expand its reach into English-language media; as such, it owns the online site Fusion, as well as its recent purchases of The Onion and The Root.Read more
If you’ve been reading my site over the past few days, you’ll notice one new change. I’ve moved the site from HTTP to HTTPS, thus giving the site a nice green lock icon next to the URL in your browser.
As Wikipedia summarizes, HTTPS is a secured, encrypted protocol for serving web pages, and a fundamental part of what makes online commerce possible. Regular HTTP pages aren’t secured, so information passed between your computer and its server can be more easily read by a third party.Read more
For the first time since October 2013 (according to Comichron), DC’s lead in comic sales over Marvel, thanks to their latest reboot/revamp, “Rebirth.” The top selling comic this month was “Justice League” #1.Read more
For decades, fans have debated who the most popular superheroes are. The “Big Two,” DC and Marvel, are more than glad to feed into this with constant crossovers, heroes fighting other heroes (see “Batman V Superman”), or whatnot. One popularity gauge might be who brings in the most money. While Marvel’s comics these days outsell DC’s, how do the companies’ superhero movies compare?Read more