Minorities in cartoons: “Hero High”

"Hero High" cast

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Hero High,” a Filmation animated series that aired from 1981-82 on NBC. “Hero High” was about a high school for budding (but bumbling) teenage superheroes, where they learned the fine art of heroics and how to master their powers. (The same premise as the movie “Sky High,” but 25 years … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Nancy Whitehead

Nancy Whitehead

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Nancy Whitehead, a character in Marvel comics. Nancy first appeared in “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” #1 (March 2015), and was created by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. Nancy is a student at New York City’s fictional Empire State University (most famously known as the university Peter Parker attended), … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Sealab 2020”

Sealab 2020

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Sealab 2020,” a Hanna-Barbera animated series that aired from 1972 to 1973 on NBC. The series focused on the 250 residents of an undersea scientific research facility in the then-far-off year 2020; said facility was headed by Captain Michael Murphy. Plots usually revolved around underwater threats and challenges, including dealing with … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Cloak and Dagger

Cloak and Dagger

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the duo Cloak and Dagger. Cloak (real name:Tyrone “Ty” Johnson) and Dagger (real name: Tandy Bowen) first appeared in “Peter Parker, the Spectactular Spider-Man” #64 (March 1982), and were created by Bill Mantlo and Ed Hannigan. The duo‘s backstory states that Tyrone was a teenage runaway from Boston … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Ready Jet Go!”

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 … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Curtis”

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. His family includes Barry, Curtis’ obnoxious younger brother who usually manages to avoid … Read more

NY Public Library releases 180,000 public domain images

Harlem Dance

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. … Read more