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

Minorities in cartoons: Frozone

Frozone

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Frozone, a character from the 2004 Pixar movie “The Incredibles.” Frozone (real name: Lucius Best) is a superhero with ice-themed powers, similar to those of his corporate cousins Elsa (of Disney’s “Frozen”) or Iceman (of Marvel’s X-Men). As such, Frozone used his abilities to fight crime, until a … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Jackie Ormes

Jackie Ormes

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Jackie Ormes. Ormes has the distinction of being the first African-American woman to become a syndicated cartoonist. Born in the Pittsburgh area in 1911, Ormes eventually went to work for the weekly African-American newspaper, the “Pittsburgh Courier.” There, she drew her first comic strip, “Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem.” … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Fire (DC Comics)

Fire and Ice

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Fire (real name: Beatriz Bonilla da Costa), a Brazilian superheroine published by DC Comics. Fire first appeared in “Super Friends” #25 (October 1979), and was created by E. Nelson Bridwell and Ramona Fradon. Beatriz first appeared in the “Super Friends” comics as the “Green Fury,” a heroine with … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Tasmanian Devil (DC Comics)

Tasmanian Devil

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Tasmanian Devil (real name Hugh Dawkins), a DC Comics superhero and member of the team the Global Guardians. Tasmanian Devil first appeared in “Super Friends” #7 (October 1977), and was created by E. Nelson Bridwell and Ramona Fradon. Dawkins’ backstory doesn’t give the origin of his powers (besides … Read more