Minorities in cartoons: Poison Ivy

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Poison Ivy, a longtime Batman nemesis. Poison Ivy (real name: Pamela Isley) first appeared in “Batman” #181 (June 1966), and was created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Sheldon Moldoff. Poison Ivy’s origin has varied over the years, and across media. For most versions, Dr. Pamela Isley (a botanist and … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Poison Ivy”

Minorities in cartoons: Catman

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Catman, a minor Batman villain. Catman’s real name is Thomas Blake; Blake first appeared in “Detective Comics” #311 (January 1963). Catman was created by writer Bill Finger and artist Jim Mooney. Blake’s backstory states he was a big game hunter (of big cats) who’d grown bored of both hunting and … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Catman”

“Life With Kevin,” reboot of “Betty & Veronica” coming soon

After going for awhile without hearing much new Archie comic-related news, two comics announcements were made on Tuesday. “Life With Kevin” to debut in June Kevin Keller‘s finally getting his long-promised series, scheduled to start in June as (for now) a four-issue miniseries, set in the traditionally done Archie setting. The series (written and drawn by Dan … Continue reading ““Life With Kevin,” reboot of “Betty & Veronica” coming soon”

“Lumberjanes” wins the 2016 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book

The winner of this year’s GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book has been announced. For the first time, “Lumberjanes” has won the prize! The other nominees for the award were: Angela: Queen of Hel (Marvel), by Marguerite Bennett, Kim Jacinto, Israel Silva, Stephanie Hans Harley Quinn (DC Comics), by Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Chad Hardin, John Timms, … Continue reading ““Lumberjanes” wins the 2016 GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Comic Book”

Minorities in cartoons: “Mission Hill”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Mission Hill,” an animated series that aired on The WB from 1999-2000, and Adult Swim in 2002. The series focuses on the lives of a group of roommates (siblings Andy and Kevin; Jim; Posey; and Andy’s dog, Stogie). The series is set in a neighborhood named “Mission Hill,” located in … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Mission Hill””

Jughead Jones revealed to be asexual

This week’s issue of the rebooted “Jughead” comic (“Jughead” #4) makes a pretty big revelation (or depending on point of view, confirmation) about its star, Forsythe Pendleton Jones III, as shown in the panel below. As written and drawn by Chip Zdarsky (of “Sex Criminals”) and Erica Henderson (of “Squirrel Girl”) a conversation between Jughead and Kevin … Continue reading “Jughead Jones revealed to be asexual”

27th annual GLAAD Media Award comics nominees announced

This year’s GLAAD Media Award nominees have been announced. The awards are meant to draw attention to positive portrayals of LGBT people in mainstream media. This includes the medium of comic books. The nominees this year for Outstanding Comic Book: Angela: Queen of Hel (Marvel), by Marguerite Bennett, Kim Jacinto, Israel Silva, Stephanie Hans Harley Quinn (DC … Continue reading “27th annual GLAAD Media Award comics nominees announced”

Minorities in cartoons: Iceman

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Iceman (real name: Bobby Drake). Iceman first appeared in “X-Men” #1 (September 1963), and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. A mutant, Bobby and his parents first discovered his powers of ice and snow generation while a youth. (Bobby was from a mixed faith household—his mother is Jewish, … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Iceman”

Minorities in cartoons: “Jayson”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Jayson,” a comic strip by Jeff Krell. “Jayson” debuted as a comic strip in 1983. It features the adventures of its star character, a gay man dealing with his off-and-on dating life. Jayson’s best friend and the strip’s main co-star is Arena Stage, whose life also isn’t exactly perfect. (If wondering, … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Jayson””

The best of minorities in cartoons: LGBT Pride Month

June is LGBT Pride Month, so I thought I’d look at previous LGBT characters I’ve written about. Specifically, I’ll focus on those who’ve either participated in the political side of LGBT life, been shown attending a pride parade, or stand out in some way as a particularly noteworthy LGBT character. Rick & Steve: The Happiest … Continue reading “The best of minorities in cartoons: LGBT Pride Month”