Recommendation: Marvel’s History of Spider-Man

Marvel recently started covering the history of Spider-Man. I’ve been following along as they do this series with various characters. Most recently, they covered the Hulk and Black Panther. It’s a good look at where these characters started and where various writers and artists took them throughout their history. With Spider-Man: Homecoming on the horizon, now is a great time to dive into some Spider-Man comics and learn more about the character. The easiest way to read the comics they go through is likely Marvel Unlimited. It gives you access to thousands of comics and with Spider-Man having such a long history, you won’t be lacking for things to read.

While I’ve mainly just kept track of these character histories and haven’t actually read along as the posts come out, that might change with this one. Only two installments have been released and Marvel doesn’t give a schedule for when the posts come out. However, this is plenty to start with and I plan to do so soon.

tvOS Apps Can Now Be Purchased on iOS Devices and Macs

From MacStories:

Today, Apple added tvOS apps to its iTunes Link Maker web app and enabled tvOS app purchases on iOS devices, even if the tvOS app is available only on the Apple TV. iTunes Link Maker lets you search for and generate links to iTunes content. tvOS app links generated by the iTunes Link Maker open in iTunes on macOS and the App Store app on iOS where the apps can be purchased or downloaded. If automatic downloads are enabled on your Apple TV, any apps acquired this way should show up on your Apple TV the next time you turn it on. Links generated with the iTunes Link Maker also work with the iTunes Affiliate Linking program. This means that for the first time a customer can click or tap a link and purchase a tvOS app without leaving their Mac or iOS device and have it waiting for them they sit down in front of the TV.

This is a nice little move on Apple’s part.

Spotify Acquires Subscriber Analytics Firm Preact

From Billboard:

Spotify has purchased Preact, a four-year-old startup that utilizes machine learnings and audience behavior metrics via social media to draw and retain subscribers. Preact’s web site describes its service as having the ability to “identif[y] which of your customers are likely to churn, renew or upgrade by analyzing product usage patterns and operational data using big data, behavioral science and machine learning technologies.”

Spotify, the worldwide subscription leader in streaming with 100 million monthly users and 40 million paid subscribers (as of September), has had little trouble in beefing up its paying customer base as of late, having added 10 million of them since March. But as the company continues to build out product features — it has been continuously tweaking its playlist functions while beta testing new advertising products and tweaking its video strategy — a company like Preact would theoretically help guide which avenues its subscribers and potential new customers would gravitate towards and value most.


Instapaper Premium Goes Free

From Instapaper:

Before, some of our greatest features were limited to Instapaper Premium subscribers. Now that we’re better resourced, we’re able to offer everyone the best version of Instapaper. Starting today, all users will have access to:

  • An ad-free Instapaper website
  • Full-text search for all articles
  • Unlimited Notes
  • Text-to-speech playlists
  • Unlimited speed reading
  • “Send to Kindle” via bookmarklet and mobile apps
  • Kindle Digests of up to 50 articles

I currently happen to have a ton of articles saved in my Instapaper account so I look forward to checking out these new features I’ll have access to.

‘Captain America: Civil War’: Kevin Feige and the Russo brothers reveal why no Avenger got killed off

The Russo brothers and Kevin Feige recently discussed the decision to not kill anyone off in Captain America: Civil War over at Hitfix.

Anthony Russo: We never talked about killing  Cap in this one, right? no.

Joe Russo: We did for a beat. We talk about everything.

Anthony Russo: I think the thing to remember is, we do talk about every possible scenario over and over and over again for months and months and months. We talked about it. But it never made its way into a realistic outline.

Feige: Well, the ending was always more about fracturing the team completely before getting into Infinity War.

Joe Russo: We talked about lots of potential characters dying at the end of the movie. And we thought that it would undercut what is really the rich tension of the movie, which is this is Kramer vs Kramer. It’s about a divorce. If somebody dies, it would create empathy, which would change and allow for repair, and we didn’t want to do that.

Feige: In the amazing comic book story, which certainly the conceit of this movie is based on and some of the specifics — during their big battle, which has a hundred times as many characters, a character dies. And we talked about that for a while. And, ultimately, we thought what happened to Rhodey would be enough of a downer.

Anthony Russo: The tragedy is the family falls apart. Not that the family falls apart and then somebody dies.

Alan Moore Retires From Comics

Alan Moore has confirmed that he will be retiring from comics in an interview with The Guardian.

At a press conference in London for his latest work, Jerusalem, a weighty novel named after William Blake’s poem exploring the history of Moore’s native Northampton through several lives, Moore said he had “about 250 pages of comics left in me”.

He added: “And those will probably be very enjoyable. There are a couple of issues of an Avatar [Press] book that I am doing at the moment, part of the HP Lovecraft work I’ve been working on recently. Me and Kevin will be finishing Cinema Purgatorio and we’ve got about one more book, a final book of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen to complete. After that, although I may do the odd little comics piece at some point in the future, I am pretty much done with comics.”

With pieces of work like V for Vendetta, Watchmen, Batman: The Killing joke, and The Saga of Swamp Thing under his belt, plus so many more, it is sad to see him go. He’s a fantastic writer and I look forward to whatever he chooses to pursue next, if anything.

The Ringer Launches Website

The Ringer has officially launched their website. It’s great to see a ton of Grantland writers back on one site. Medium is a great publishing platform to team up with since they’ll provide a nice, consistent reading experience. Definitely check it out, there’s a ton of content up already. The site will be covering, sports, tech, pop culture, and more.