Tag Archives: Bloom County

Minorities in cartoons: Ronald-Ann Smith

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Ronald-Ann Smith, a recurring character in Berkeley Breathed’s comic strips “Bloom County” and “Outland.” Ronald-Ann (named after then-President Ronald Reagan) is a grade-school aged African-American girl with a highly optimistic view of the world. This comes in spite of her impoverished environment (the strip says she’s from the “wrong side of the tracks” of Bloom County, and her doll’s head was shot off in drug-related gang wars). Ronald-Ann often spent time around “Bloom County”‘s biggest star, Opus the…

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Unions in animation and comics

I’m sure everyone’s been following the brouhaha here in Wisconsin between organized public-sector labor (which—in interest of disclosure—includes Yours Truly) and newly-elected Republican governor Scott Walker’s bill in the state legislature to eliminate collective bargaining for almost all public-sector unions. (One guess which side of this debate I’m on.) All of which has led me to think about examples of how unions are portrayed in animation and comics… a few examples I’ve thought of: The Simpsons Unsurprisingly, “The Simpsons” have poked fun at unions on…

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AfterElton article on LGBT characters in comic strips

AfterElton, a website dedicated to covering LGBT people in various media, published an article today about gay and lesbian characters in comic strips today, or rather, their lack of such representation. Lawrence of “For Better or For Worse,” despite being at best a secondary character in the strip, was heavily cited as one of the *bigger* gay and lesbian characters in mainstream comic strips today (Mark in “Doonesbury” and a few characters in “9 Chickweed Lane” being the others). The article pointed out several decent…

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