Minorities in cartoons: “Mulan”

Mulan

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Mulan,” a 1998 Disney animated feature. “Mulan” is based on the ancient Chinese ballad “The Ballad of Mulan.” The film’s story: when China is being invaded by Huns, the nation’s emperor enlists a draft of all families to send a male member to repel the enemy. Fa Mulan, … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Skyrocket

Skyrocket

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Skyrocket, a DC Comics superheroine. Skyrocket (real name: Celia Forrestal) first appeared in “JLA” #61 (February 2002), and was created by Kurt Busiek and Tom Grummett. Celia’s backstory states she grew up in St. Louis, where her parents were scientists working for Argo Technologies. A lieutenant in the … Read more

Women have written six of the New York Times’ top 10 graphic novels this week

Sisters

Making the rounds on Twitter today was this news: six of the top 10 graphic novels currently on the New York Times’ bestsellers’ list are written by women. The list (for the week of April 26) is as follows: Drama by Raina Telgemeier Smile by Raina Telgemeier Sisters by Raina Telgemeier Ms. Marvel, vol. 2, … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Oliver Wendell Jones

Oliver Wendell Jones

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Oliver Wendell Jones, a character introduced in 1983 in Berkeley Breathed’s popular comic strip “Bloom County.” Similar to “FoxTrot”‘s Jason Fox, and unlike fellow African-American costar Ronald-Ann Smith, Oliver spent much of his time engaged in geeky or scientific pursuits. This was to the dismay of his parents, … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Firestorm (Jason Rusch)

Firestorm

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Jason Rusch, a DC Comics character who’s the superhero Firestorm. Jason first appeared in “Firestorm” (vol. 3) #1 (July 2004), and was created by writer Dan Jolley and artist Chris Cross. Jason’s backstory states he was a 17-year-old who grew up in Detroit and had a rough background. … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Transformers: Rescue Bots”

Rescue Bots

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the TV series “Transformers: Rescue Bots.” The show debuted on The Hub (now Discovery Family) in 2011, and has run for three seasons (totalling 64 episodes). The show’s pitched at younger viewers, and as such isn’t as violent as the usual “Transformers” entries. The premise of the series … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Natasha Irons

Natasha Irons

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Natasha Irons, a DC Comics character. Natasha first appeared in “Steel” #1 in February 1994. She was created by writers Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove, and artist Chris Batista. Natasha’s the niece of John Henry Irons, also known as the superhero Steel. Natasha’s shown as being quite intelligent; she’s introduced as … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Frozone

Frozone

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Frozone, a character from the 2004 Pixar movie “The Incredibles.” Frozone (real name: Lucius Best) is a superhero with ice-themed powers, similar to those of his corporate cousins Elsa (of Disney’s “Frozen”) or Iceman (of Marvel’s X-Men). As such, Frozone used his abilities to fight crime, until a … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Jackie Ormes

Jackie Ormes

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Jackie Ormes. Ormes has the distinction of being the first African-American woman to become a syndicated cartoonist. Born in the Pittsburgh area in 1911, Ormes eventually went to work for the weekly African-American newspaper, the “Pittsburgh Courier.” There, she drew her first comic strip, “Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem.” … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Toni Topaz

Toni Topaz

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Toni Topaz, a supporting character in Archie Comics. Toni‘s first appearance was in “Jughead Double Digest” #176 (February 2012). Toni was created by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz. Toni’s an African-American girl whose signature look is her pink hair and preference for purple clothing. Her initial appearance states she … Read more