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”

Minorities in cartoons: “The Legend of Korra”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “The Legend of Korra.” A spinoff of Nickelodeon’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” “Korra” aired for four seasons (of 52 episodes) from 2012 to 2014. To sum up both series, “Avatar” was a popular Nickelodeon adventure/fantasy series about the ability of some (“benders”) to manipulate various Earth elementals (fire, … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “The Legend of Korra””

Minorities in cartoons: “Clarence”

This week’s minorities in cartoons post is “Clarence,” an animated series that airs on Cartoon Network. “Clarence” debuted in 2014. The series focuses on the adventures of titular character Clarence, a very cheerful, optimistic young boy, who believes in goodness in everyone he meets. He’s accompanied on his adventures by his two closest friends, made … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Clarence””

Minorities in cartoons: “Steven Universe”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Steven Universe,” a Cartoon Network animated series. It’s their first series created by a woman, Rebecca Sugar. The series debuted in 2013. The show’s premise centers around the “Crystal Gems,” a trio of alien women who defend Earth (and the small oceanfront town they live in, “Beach City”) from various … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: “Steven Universe””

Caitlyn Jenner sets Twitter record

Caitlyn Jenner (formerly Bruce Jenner) has joined Twitter, coinciding with her appearing on the latest issue of “Vanity Fair.” Jenner is a transgender woman whose main claims to fame are being a 70s Olympic athlete and appearing on reality shows with the Kardashians (apparently an in-law/was married to one of them). Not being a reality … Continue reading “Caitlyn Jenner sets Twitter record”

Minorities in cartoons: Disney’s “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, … Continue reading “Minorities in cartoons: Disney’s “Mulan””