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

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

Liferea article to appear in newest issue of Ubuntu User magazine

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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 moreLiferea article to appear in newest issue of Ubuntu User magazine

The metric system in animation

Metric ruler

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. The US government made an unsuccessful attempt at converting the country to the metric system. Why the US didn’t go metric My guesses why America never … Read moreThe metric system in animation

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

Wyatt Williams

Today’s entry is about Wyatt Williams, from Teletoon’s 2000s animated series “6Teen.” The show is about a group of six friends and their hijinks at a Mall of America-sized shopping mall. Background A Black Canadian youth with a near-addiction to drinking coffee, Wyatt is the gang’s most mild-mannered member. As such, Wyatt is usually played as the “straight … Read moreBlack animated and comic characters: Wyatt Williams (“6Teen”)

RIP Dwayne McDuffie

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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 moreRIP Dwayne McDuffie

Presidents’ Day in cartoons

Peter Cottontail as George Washington

The month of February features both Lincoln’s Birthday and Washington’s Birthday. Nowadays they’re usually celebrated in most states under the generic single day of “Presidents’ Day.” Officially, “Washington’s Birthday” is still the federal holiday for the third Monday in February. However, various states have opted to use “Presidents’ Day.” Snopes explains its origins, but mostly, … Read morePresidents’ Day in cartoons

Black animated and comic characters: The Falcon

The Falcon

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.). He’s apparently also the first one without “Black” in his name. The Falcon first appeared in “Captain America” #117 in 1969. He was created by Stan Lee and Gene … Read moreBlack animated and comic characters: The Falcon

Comic review: Darkwing Duck #9

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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 moreComic review: Darkwing Duck #9

Comic review: Tiny Titans #37

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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 moreComic review: Tiny Titans #37