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Minorities in cartoons: “SciGirls”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the educational series “SciGirls.” Debuting in 2010, the series airs on PBS, and has had two seasons to date. “SciGirls“‘s goal is to promote STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields to preteen girls. As such, the show features both live-action and animated portions. The animated portions are wraparound segments at the beginning and end of each episode. The animated portion’s stars are Izzie, a friendly preteen girl who likes science, and her best friend Jake, who likes to…

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Girls With Slingshots

Minorities in cartoons: “Girls With Slingshots”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Girls With Slingshots,” a webcomic that’s been running since 2004. “Girls” is created by Danielle Corsetto, and runs on weekdays. The strip revolves around its two main characters, Jamie McJack (pictured above, left) and Hazel Tellington (pictured above, right), two friends who deal with various slice-of-life situations, including dating, their jobs, and so forth. The cast of characters has grown to a fairly large size. While there’s some wacky elements to the strip (such as a talking cactus),…

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Black Panther

Minorities in cartoons: Black Panther

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Black Panther (real name: T’Challa), a Marvel superhero.  Black Panther (no relation to the African-American political movement of the 60s) first appeared in “Fantastic Four” #52 (July 1966), and was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Black Panther has the distinction of being the first Black superhero in mainstream American comics. Earlier non-stereotypical Black comic characters were usually either non-superhero adventurers (like Lobo or Lothar) or one-shot characters (“Negro Romance“). T’Challa’s backstory is that he’s (usually) the…

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Minorities in cartoons: “Tutenstein”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Tutenstein,” a cartoon that ran on the Discovery Kids cable channel (now Discovery Family, by way of The Hub) from 2003 to 2008. The series’ premise is centered around its eponymous star, whose real name is “Tutankhensetamun,” a play on the name of real-life Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen (the famous “King Tut”). Dying as a 10-year-old, Tut’s sarcophagus ended up in a New York City museum 3,000 years later. There, Tut was somehow brought back to life as a living mummy (no relation…

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Madame Xanadu

Minorities in cartoons: Madame Xanadu

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Madame Xanadu, a DC Comics/Vertigo character. Madame Xanadu first appeared in “Doorway to Nightmare” #1 in 1978, and was created by David Michelinie, Val Mayerik, and Michael William Kaluta. A mystic, Madame Xanadu is sensitive to supernatural phenomena, and often uses tarot cards to interpret what she senses, including forecasting the future. She also has some limited magical abilities. “Doorway” was a short-lived horror/supernatural anthology series, with Madame Xanadu as the book’s recurring host (and story participant sometimes). “Doorway” fell victim…

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Dr. Hibbert

Minorities in cartoons: Dr. Hibbert

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Dr. Julius Hibbert, a supporting character on “The Simpsons.” Dr. Hibbert first appeared in the second season episode “Bart the Daredevil,” and is voiced by Harry Shearer. Dr. Hibbert’s a loose parody of Bill Cosby’s character from “The Cosby Show,” Dr. Huxtable. As such, Dr. Hibbert’s good natured, though prone to chuckling at odd times (and about almost anything). Being the Simpsons’ family’s doctor, he’s delivered all three of Marge’s children, as well as overseen their various medical emergencies, ranging…

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Sabrina and Llandra

Minorities in cartoons: Llandra da Silva

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Llandra de Silva, a supporting character in the “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” comic. (SPOILERS below…) As far as I can tell, Llandra first appeared in “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” (volume 3*) #45 (July 2003) as a fellow student and witch at the magical “charm school” Sabrina attends. Several issues after this point, the “Sabrina” comic assumed a manga style and extended storyline, which it kept for the remainder of its run. Llandra is shown as Sabrina’s best friend. Similar to Sabrina,…

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Roberto Reyes

Minorities in cartoons: Ghost Rider (Roberto Reyes)

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Roberto “Robbie” Reyes, the newest person to assume the role of Ghost Rider. Roberto first appeared in “All-New Ghost Rider” #1 (May 2014), and was created by Felipe Smith and Tradd Moore. Roberto’s backstory states he lives in a crime-ridden East Los Angeles neighborhood, where his interests include caring for his brother and street racing. Seeking a way to get himself and his brother out of poverty/their surroundings, Roberto enters a  street race with a $50,000 prize, borrowing a…

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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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