Minorities in cartoons: “Jayson”

Jayson Goes to Hollywood

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, … Read more

The best of minorities in cartoons: LGBT Pride Month

Wedding of Northstar

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 … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “The Legend of Korra”

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, … Read more

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 … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Steven Universe”

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 … Read more

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 … Read more

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, … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Apollo and Midnighter

Apollo and Midnighter

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is a duo: Apollo and Midnighter. Both superheroes first appeared in “Stormwatch” (vol. 2) #4 in February 1998, and were created by writer Warren Ellis and artist Bryan Hitch. The duo’s most prominent aspect are that they’re analogs of Superman (Apollo) and Batman (Midnighter). Unlike the actual World’s Finest, both Apollo … Read more

The Iceman Cometh… Out


Not a hoax, not a dream, and not an imaginary story, but it does sort of involve time-travel hijinks. This week’s issue of the comic “All-New X-Men” #40 reveals that original X-Men team member (and “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends” member) Bobby Drake, aka Iceman, will come out as gay. More details are available in this The … Read more

“Rat Queens” wins 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards’ comic category

Rat Queens

This weekend, the 26th annual GLAAD Media Awards were held. The awards showcase and highlight positive treatments of LGBT characters in mainstream media. This year’s winner for outstanding comic is “Rat Queens” (Image) by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch. The other nominees it beat: Hawkeye (Marvel) Lumberjanes (Boom! Studios) Memetic (Boom! Studios) Saga (Image) The … Read more