Minorities in cartoons: Skyrocket

Skyrocket

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Skyrocket, a DC Comics superheroine. Skyrocket (real name: Celia Forrestal) first appeared in “JLA” #61 (February 2002), and was created by Kurt Busiek and Tom Grummett. Celia’s backstory states she grew up in St. Louis, where her parents were scientists working for Argo Technologies. A lieutenant in the … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Oliver Wendell Jones

Oliver Wendell Jones

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Oliver Wendell Jones, a character introduced in 1983 in Berkeley Breathed’s popular comic strip “Bloom County.” Similar to “FoxTrot”‘s Jason Fox, and unlike fellow African-American costar Ronald-Ann Smith, Oliver spent much of his time engaged in geeky or scientific pursuits. This was to the dismay of his parents, … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Kitty Pryde

Kitty Pryde

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Kitty Pryde (full name: Katherine Anne Pryde), a member of the X-Men. Kitty first appeared in “Uncanny X-Men” #129 (January 1980), and was created by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. Kitty’s trademark mutant power is the ability to phase through any object like a ghost. Said ability can also … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Firestorm (Jason Rusch)

Firestorm

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Jason Rusch, a DC Comics character who’s the superhero Firestorm. Jason first appeared in “Firestorm” (vol. 3) #1 (July 2004), and was created by writer Dan Jolley and artist Chris Cross. Jason’s backstory states he was a 17-year-old who grew up in Detroit and had a rough background. … Read more

The best of minorities in cartoons: Women in STEM

SciGirls

This week, it’s a round-up post, featuring the minority girls and women I’ve written about so far who’re involved in some way in STEM areas. It’s also a nice way to round out Women’s History Month. STEM, of course, is short for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math,” and there’s been plenty of recent press about the lack … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Danielle Foccart

Danielle Foccart

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Danielle Foccart, a DC Comics character. Danielle first appeared in “Legion of Super-Heroes Annual” #2 (1982), and was created by Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen. Danielle first appeared as the preteen younger sister of Jacques Foccart; both siblings hail from the 30th century’s Ivory Coast in Africa. Suffering … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Transformers: Rescue Bots”

Rescue Bots

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the TV series “Transformers: Rescue Bots.” The show debuted on The Hub (now Discovery Family) in 2011, and has run for three seasons (totalling 64 episodes). The show’s pitched at younger viewers, and as such isn’t as violent as the usual “Transformers” entries. The premise of the series … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Natasha Irons

Natasha Irons

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Natasha Irons, a DC Comics character. Natasha first appeared in “Steel” #1 in February 1994. She was created by writers Louise Simonson and Jon Bogdanove, and artist Chris Batista. Natasha’s the niece of John Henry Irons, also known as the superhero Steel. Natasha’s shown as being quite intelligent; she’s introduced as … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Lumberjanes”

Lumberjanes #2

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Lumberjanes,” a comic published by Boom! Studios.  The first issue of “Lumberjanes” was published in April 2014. The comic was created by Boom! Studios editor Shannon Watters, writers Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson, and artist Brooke Allen. “Lumberjanes” is about a group of girls who attend an all-girl … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Bishop

Bishop

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Bishop, an X-Men character. Bishop first appeared in “Uncanny X-Men” #282 (November 1991), and was created by Whilce Portacio and Jim Lee. Bishop’s backstory is extremely convoluted and, well, extreme in general, being A) an X-Men character, B) involving time travel, and C) being a 90s comic character. … Read more