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Minorities in cartoons: “Unshelved”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the webcomic “Unshelved.” The strip’s written by Gene Ambaum and drawn by Bill Barnes, and debuted in 2002. “Unshelved” features the daily goings-on at the “Mallville Public Library” and its staff of librarians. (Wikipedia claims the library’s name is a play on “Smallville” of Superman fame.) The strip makes fun of various aspects of life at a public library; besides writing “Unshelved,” Ambaum also works as a librarian himself. The main characters deal with both each other and with the library’s patrons. Among…

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Jakeem Thunder

Minorities in cartoons: Jakeem Thunder

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Jakeem Thunder. Jakeem first appeared (under his original name “J.J. Williams”) in “The Flash” (vol. 2) #134 in February 1998, and was created by Grant Morrison, Mark Millar and Paul Ryan. Jakeem’s backstory states he grew up in Keystone City, the home of the original Flash (Jay Garrick) and the third Flash (Wally West). Jakeem came from a tough background (orphaned at a young age, etc.), and adopted a similarly tough attitude (including a foul mouth) in response. Meanwhile,…

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Harper Lodge

Minorities in cartoons: Harper Lodge

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Harper Lodge, a supporting character in Archie comics. Harper first appeared in “Archie” #656 in June 2014, and was created by writer/artist Dan Parent. (Possible spoilers below…) In her debut appearance, Harper is introduced as Veronica’s cousin, who’s visiting Riverdale from out of town. Like her cousin, Harper has a vivacious, outgoing personality. Besides being a student, Harper’s shown as a talented teen fashion designer, as well as running her own online advice column. Harper also makes use…

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Wallace Wells

Minorities in cartoons: Wallace Wells

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Wallace Wells, a supporting character in the comic series (and movie) “Scott Pilgrim.” Wallace was created by Bryan Lee O’Malley. “Scott Pilgrim” focuses on its eponymous character’s slacker-ish life in Toronto, and his attempt to win over Ramona, an American who’s moved to Toronto. To win her over, Scott’s forced to fight and defeat her multitude of “evil exes,” people Ramona used to date. The world the books take place in plays fast and loose with the laws…

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Kamala Khan

Minorities in cartoons: Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Kamala Khan, the current holder of the superhero identity Ms. Marvel. Kamala first appeared in “Captain Marvel” #14 (September 2013), and was created by writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Adrian Alphona. Kamala’s backstory states she’s the daughter of Pakistani immigrants who moved to Jersey City, New Jersey. Kamala grew up respectful of her Muslim background, but also wanted to fit in with her peers. She’s also a huge fan of Carol Danvers, the former Ms. Marvel who’d recently…

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Thomas Kalmaku

Minorities in cartoons: Thomas Kalmaku

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Thomas “Tom” Kalmaku, a supporting character in the Green Lantern comics. Thomas first appeared in “Green Lantern” (vol. 2) #2 in October 1960, and was created by writer John Broome and artist Gil Kane. Tom was a mechanic employed at fictional Ferris Aircraft, where his pal Hal “Green Lantern” Jordan also worked. Unlike Lois Lane, Steve Trevor, Jimmy Olsen, and other comic characters who’re close pals of the main hero, Tom was in on Hal’s secret identity from the start. He’d…

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Alysia Yeoh

Minorities in cartoons: Alysia Yeoh

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Alysia Yeoh, a supporting character to Barbara Gordon (Batgirl). Alysia first appeared in “Batgirl” (vol. 4) #1 in November 2011. Alysia was created by writer Gail Simone and artist Ardian Syaf. Alysia’s backstory states she moved to the United States from Singapore, and settled into Gotham City. There, Alysia works as a bartender, while also engaged as a painter and an activist (she’s against Bruce Wayne’s gentrification practices). Eventually, Alysia advertises for a new roommate, and finds one—Barbara Gordon. Barbara…

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Charles Xavier

Minorities in cartoons: Charles Xavier

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Professor Charles Xavier (also known as “Professor X“), the founder and leader of the famed mutant superhero team the X-Men. Professor Xavier’s first appearance was in the very first X-Men comic, “The X-Men” #1 in September 1963. Xavier (and the X-Men) was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. I’ll admit the following is a greatly shortened and glossed-over summary of Charles’ rather long and convoluted backstory. If you want the whole thing in detail, try Wikipedia, Marvel.com or the Marvel…

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Minorities in cartoons: “Daria”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the TV series “Daria.” A spinoff of “Beavis and Butt-Head,” “Daria” aired on MTV from 1997 to 2002. The series starred Daria Morgendorffer, an acerbic, cynical teenager who, in this spinoff, is shown moving from the fictional blue-collar town of Highland (the setting of “Beavis and Butt-Head”) to the also-fictional town of Lawndale, an upper-class community. Besides Daria, the Morgendorffer family (who she had little in common with) included her vapid-but-more-popular younger sister Quinn, her workaholic mother Helen, and panicky…

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Clay Walker and Kevin Keller's wedding

Minorities in cartoons: Clay Walker

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Clay Walker, a character in Archie Comics. (SPOILERS aplenty about the “Life With Archie” series below…) Clay exists in Archie’s “Life With Archie” series, which has just concluded as of this writing. The series presented the Archie gang as twentysomethings. Each issue featured two different alternate futures: one in which Archie married Betty, another where Archie married Veronica. Both futures had similar events. For instance, both futures saw Moose finally dumped by Midge due to his violent temper, which…

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