Anthony’s Archie Comics picks for October 2014

Comic book shop display

Here’s a look at what’s coming out from Archie in October. Full solicitations are available here. Comics Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #2, on sale Nov. 5, $4 Archie #661, on sale Oct. 29, $4 Betty and Veronica #273, on sale Oct. 15, $4 Trade paperbacks None. Comments For those wondering, there’s no “Afterlife With Archie” … Read more

The best of minorities in cartoons: How the characters saved Christmas

Doc McStuffins

Merry Christmas, everyone! I thought I’d look at how various characters I’ve written about have “saved Christmas.” It seems to be mandatory for cartoon characters to save said holiday. For some reason, it’s more “endangered” than every other holiday. So, let’s look at how our heroes and heroines have saved the 25th of December. Doc McStuffins … Read more

Top 10 favorite animated Christmas specials

Santa Claus

In the spirit of “top 10” lists and the holiday season, here’s a list of my 10 favorite Christmas specials, listed in no particular order. Everything below is available on DVD or Netflix. A Charlie Brown Christmas One of the all-time classics, this one’s got lots of great moments: Sally’s Christmas wish list (“all I … Read more

Christmas in July in cartoons


Christmas in July is not only a marketing phenomenon—a way for stores in North America to kill time until “back to school” shopping season fully kicks in in early August—but also an occasional pop cultural reference, including in cartoons. The website TV Tropes has a list of cartoons (and other media) that reference Christmas in … Read more

Films I’ve missed: “The Nightmare Before Christmas”

The Nightmare Before Christmas

The next entry on my long list of films I’ve meant to finally get around to seeing is a famous one. However, despite being two decades old, I’ve never gotten around to seeing until now: Tim Burton’s “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Background The stop-motion animated film features a heavy amount of musical song numbers. However, … Read more

NORAD Tracks Santa, now with smartphone apps

Santa Claus

Since the 1950s, NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) each Christmas Eve tracks Santa’s trip through the skies as part of its annual “NORAD Tracks Santa” program. The tech used to promote the tracking has improved over the years. NORAD now offers: Facebook Twitter An official website NORAD Tracks Santa also offers apps for iOS and Android … Read more

“Yogi’s First Christmas” on DVD

MacBook Air on a table

Last week, I purchased a copy of “Yogi’s First Christmas” on DVD from the Warner Archive program. Of course, in the Archive’s case, it’s actually a DVD-R. This being the first time I’ve bought anything from the Warner Archive, I thought I’d write up my experience with the purchase. I’ve written about this special last … Read more

Cartoon collectibles: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stuffed toy

MacBook Air on a table

As a bit of “Christmas in July,” here’s a collectible that I *used* to own: a large Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer stuffed toy. This one has an interesting backstory: about five years ago, I entered a mall contest by answering various trivia questions about the Rankin-Bass “Rudolph” Christmas special. Some time later, I received a … Read more