Minorities in cartoons: “Gravity Falls”

"Gravity Falls" cast

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 … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “The Zeta Project”

"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 … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Monique (“Kim Possible”)

Monique

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Monique, a character on the Disney Channel series “Kim Possible.” Monique is the best female friend of series star Kim Possible. Monique’s interests lied heavily in the area of fashion. This proved to pay off when she used her skills to get employment at “Club Banana,” the show’s … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Wade (“Kim Possible”)

Wade

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Wade, a supporting character on the 2002-2007 Disney Channel series “Kim Possible.” Like fellow kid cartoon characters Cameron, A.J., and Oliver Wendell Jones, Wade‘s a super-intelligent child genius—by the age of 10, he’d already finished college. As a genius inventor, Wade’s invents and manages many of the gadgets … Read more

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