Minorities in cartoons: Rocket

This week’s entry is Rocket, from Milestone Comics’ “Icon” title. Debuting in “Icon” #1, Rocket (real name Raquel Ervin) was created by Dwayne McDuffie and Mark D. Bright. Raquel grew up in an impoverished neighborhood of the fictional city of Dakota. As a teenager, while attempting a robbery with friends, she meets Augustus Freeman IV, … Read more

Minorities in comics and animation: Maddie Blaustein (“Pokemon”)

This week’s entry is Maddie Blaustein, a voice actress who’s voiced various dubbed-for-English anime series. Her most well-known role was as the voice of Meowth for the various “Pokemon” incarnations up through the late 2000s. Maddie Blaustein also was a comic book writer, having written some stories for the Milestone Comics line. Blaustein was a … Read more

RIP Dwayne McDuffie

I and the rest of the comics/animation enthusiast world was surprised today by the news that Dwayne McDuffie has died, due to complications from a surgical procedure. Comic Book Resources has this nice summary of McDuffie’s career. I was introduced to McDuffie’s work through reading the Milestone Comics line of characters when I was in … Read more

Black animated and comic characters: Static

Continuing from the previous post about “Black superheroes with electrical-based powers,” we come to Static. Static (real name: Virgil Hawkins) was introduced in 1993 in “Static” #1, as part of the then-new Milestone Comics line, an imprint of DC Comics taking place in a world with a multicultural range of superheroes. Static’s origin: Virgil was … Read more

Anthony’s picks for DC Comics for August 2009

Yep, time for another round of “see what Anthony thinks is good from DC” for August 2009. What I’ll be buying:Nothing. What I might buy:- The Flash Chronicles, vol. 1 TPB, on sale Sept. 23, $15- Icon: A Hero’s Welcome TPB, on sale Sept. 30, $20 Comments:Wednesday Comics, the faux-Sunday comics section DC is offering, … Read more