Thoughts on “The Looney Tunes Show” preview clips

The Looney Tunes Show

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 spin-off seems to be taking a more sitcom-like approach, keeping the characters in one setting (a suburban neighborhood), and more emphasis on dialogue … Read more

Easter specials that pass (or fail) the Bechdel Test

Marcie and Peppermint Patty

In the spirit of my post about Christmas specials that pass (or fail) the Bechdel Test, I thought it’d be fun to look at animated Easter specials. Pass It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown: One of the best of the animated TV Easter specials also passes this test easily. A key plot point is Peppermint Patty’s repeated failed-but-hilarious … Read more

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

Oriental Theater

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 … Read more

Comic review: Tiny Titans #38

Comic books

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 youth named “Aquagirl,” Aqualad (along with Lagoon Boy) join her underwater version of the Tiny … Read more

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

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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 … Read more

Anthony’s picks for Archie Comics for June 2011

Comic book shop display

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: 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), … Read more

Anthony’s picks for Marvel Comics for June 2011

Comic book shop display

Here’s my choices for what Marvel’s putting out for June 2011: 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 … Read more

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

Comic book shop display

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 … Read more

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

MacBook Air on a table

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 … Read more