Minorities in cartoons: “Ready Jet Go!”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Ready Jet Go!,” a PBS animated series that debuted in January 2016 online, and on TV in February 2016. The educational series teaches lessons about space, physics, and other science facts in each episode. The series stars Jet Propulsion, a young boy who’s actually an alien from another … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Ready Jet Go!””

Minorities in cartoons: “Curtis”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Curtis,” a newspaper comic strip by Ray Billingsley. The strip began its run in 1988. “Curtis” stars 11-year-old Curtis, an African-American youth who gets into various misadventures, usually from misbehaving or dealing with his family and friends. Curtis’ family includes Barry, Curtis’ obnoxious younger brother who usually manages to … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Curtis””

NY Public Library releases 180,000 public domain images

The New York Public Library has released over 180,000 public domain images from its collection. Said collection of images is largely photos and artwork, but also include various sheet music, manuscripts, maps, and so forth. Since all of the material is under the public domain, it’s free for anyone to use. NPR has more on this collection release. … Continue reading “NY Public Library releases 180,000 public domain images”

Minorities in cartoons: “COPS”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “COPS,” an animated series that ran in syndication from 1988 to 1989. The series was animated by DIC, and based on a series of toys by Hasbro. The series was set in fictional Empire City. The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) states that the series was set in the year 2020, … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “COPS””

Minorities in cartoons: Miles Morales

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Miles Morales, a Marvel Comics character. Miles is best known as being the Ultimate Marvel Comics line’s Spider-Man. Miles first appeared in “Ultimate Fallout” #4 (August 2011), and was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli. Miles first appeared in the Ultimate Comics line, a line of … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Miles Morales”

Minorities in cartoons: Tip

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Tip (full name: Gratuity Tucci), a character from the 2015 Dreamworks film “Home.” (Spoilers ahead…) “Home” is about a group of bumbling but highly advanced aliens, the Boov, who’re on the run from a powerful enemy, and looking for a new planet to settle. In an analogy to … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Tip”

Minorities in cartoons: Monica Rambeau

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Monica Rambeau, a Marvel Comics superheroine. She’s undergone several alternate identities, including Captain Marvel, Photon, Pulsar, and Spectrum. Monica first appeared in 1982’s “Amazing Spider-Man Annual” #16, and was created by writer Roger Stern and artist John Romita, Jr. Monica’s backstory states she was a lieutenant for the … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Monica Rambeau”

Minorities in cartoons: Superstretch and Microwoman

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the superhero duo Superstretch and Microwoman. The duo appeared as a segment in the 1977 CBS series “Tarzan and the Super 7,” a Filmation animated series featuring Tarzan and various other characters. Superstretch (real name: Chris Cross; no relation to the 90s hip-hop group) and Microwoman (real name: Kristy … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Superstretch and Microwoman”

Minorities in cartoons: “Gravity Falls”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Gravity Falls,” an animated series that debuted on Disney Channel in 2012. The series currently airs on Disney XD. “Gravity Falls” focuses on 12-year-old twins Dipper and Mabel Pines, a boy and girl who’re sent by their parents to spend the summer with their cranky great-Uncle Stan, or … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Gravity Falls””

Minorities in cartoons: “The Zeta Project”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “The Zeta Project,” a series that ran on Kids’ WB from 2001-2002. The series was set in the “DC Animated Universe” of shows—“Superman: The Animated Series,” “Batman: The Animated Series,” etc. Specifically, it’s set in the same future as “Batman Beyond.” While Batman appeared in a few episodes … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “The Zeta Project””