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

Minorities in cartoons: Trev Smith

Trev Smith

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Trev Smith of Archie Comics. Trev (short for “Trevor”) first appeared in “Archie” #631 (May 2012) and was created by artist/writer Dan Parent. Trev was introduced as the younger brother of Valerie of “Josie and the Pussycats” fame. (The introductory story seems to establish the Pussycats as being post-high schoolers/college aged, … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Girls With Slingshots”

Girls With Slingshots

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Girls With Slingshots,” a webcomic that’s been running since 2004. “Girls” is created by Danielle Corsetto, and runs on weekdays. The strip revolves around its two main characters, Jamie McJack (pictured above, left) and Hazel Tellington (pictured above, right), two friends who deal with various slice-of-life situations, including … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Tutenstein”

Tutenstein

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Tutenstein,” a cartoon that ran on the Discovery Kids cable channel (now Discovery Family, by way of The Hub) from 2003 to 2008. The series’ premise is centered around its eponymous star, whose real name is “Tutankhensetamun,” a play on the name of real-life Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen (the famous “King … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Dr. Hibbert

Dr. Hibbert

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Dr. Julius Hibbert, a supporting character on “The Simpsons.” Dr. Hibbert first appeared in the second season episode “Bart the Daredevil,” and is voiced by Harry Shearer. Dr. Hibbert’s a loose parody of Bill Cosby’s character from “The Cosby Show,” Dr. Huxtable. As such, Dr. Hibbert’s good natured, though … Read more

Amazon places racial stereotype warnings in front of “Tom and Jerry” shorts

Tom and Jerry

News recently broke that Amazon’s begun to place a warning in front of its Prime Instant video streaming service’s “Tom and Jerry” shorts. The warnings, which are pretty much the exact same ones that the collector-oriented Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD sets have had for years (as well as a few “Tom and Jerry” DVD sets), … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Unshelved”

Too Much Information

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the webcomic “Unshelved.” The strip’s written by Gene Ambaum and drawn by Bill Barnes, and debuted in 2002. “Unshelved” features the daily goings-on at the “Mallville Public Library” and its staff of librarians. (Wikipedia claims the library’s name is a play on “Smallville” of Superman fame.) The strip makes fun of … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Jakeem Thunder

Jakeem Thunder

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Jakeem Thunder. Jakeem first appeared (under his original name “J.J. Williams”) in “The Flash” (vol. 2) #134 in February 1998, and was created by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar and Paul Ryan. Jakeem’s backstory states he grew up in Keystone City, the home of the original Flash (Jay Garrick) and … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Daria”

"Daria" logo

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the TV series “Daria.” A spinoff of “Beavis and Butt-Head,” “Daria” aired on MTV from 1997 to 2002. The series starred Daria Morgendorffer, an acerbic, cynical teenager who, in this spinoff, is shown moving from the fictional blue-collar town of Highland (the setting of “Beavis and Butt-Head”) to … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Clay Walker

Clay Walker and Kevin Keller's wedding

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Clay Walker, a character in Archie Comics. (SPOILERS aplenty about the “Life With Archie” series below…) Clay exists in Archie’s “Life With Archie” series, which has just concluded as of this writing. The series presented the Archie gang as twentysomethings. Each issue featured two different alternate futures: one … Read more