Tag Archives: African-Americans

Toni Topaz

Minorities in cartoons: 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 attends Riverdale High’s rival, Central High School. Similar to Kevin Keller and Jughead, she also possesses a voracious appetite, which she put to use in a cupcake eating contest that…

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Trev Smith

Minorities in cartoons: 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, though under 21.) Still in high school, Trev begins attending Riverdale High when the Smith family permanently moves to Riverdale. While Veronica and Betty both take a liking to Trev,…

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Girls With Slingshots

Minorities in cartoons: “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 dating, their jobs, and so forth. The cast of characters has grown to a fairly large size. While there’s some wacky elements to the strip (such as a talking cactus),…

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Tutenstein

Minorities in cartoons: “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 Tut”). Dying as a 10-year-old, Tut’s sarcophagus ended up in a New York City museum 3,000 years later. There, Tut was somehow brought back to life as a living mummy (no relation…

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Dr. Hibbert

Minorities in cartoons: 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 prone to chuckling at odd times (and about almost anything). Being the Simpsons’ family’s doctor, he’s delivered all three of Marge’s children, as well as overseen their various medical emergencies, ranging…

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Tom and Jerry

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

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), note in part: “Tom and Jerry shorts may depict some ethnic and racial prejudices that were once commonplace in American society. Such depictions were wrong then and are wrong today.”…

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Too Much Information

Minorities in cartoons: “Unshelved”

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 various aspects of life at a public library; besides writing “Unshelved,” Ambaum also works as a librarian himself. The main characters deal with both each other and with the library’s patrons. Among…

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Jakeem Thunder

Minorities in cartoons: 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 the third Flash (Wally West). Jakeem came from a tough background (orphaned at a young age, etc.), and adopted a similarly tough attitude (including a foul mouth) in response. Meanwhile,…

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Minorities in cartoons: “Daria”

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 the also-fictional town of Lawndale, an upper-class community. Besides Daria, the Morgendorffer family (who she had little in common with) included her vapid-but-more-popular younger sister Quinn, her workaholic mother Helen, and panicky…

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Clay Walker and Kevin Keller's wedding

Minorities in cartoons: Clay Walker

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 in which Archie married Betty, another where Archie married Veronica. Both futures had similar events. For instance, both futures saw Moose finally dumped by Midge due to his violent temper, which…

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