Tag Archives: Minorities in cartoons

 

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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War Machine

Minorities in cartoons: War Machine

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is James “Rhodey” Rhodes, an Iron Man supporting character who’s best known as the superhero “War Machine.” Rhodey first appeared in “Iron Man” #118 (January 1979), and was created by David Michelinie and Bob Layton. His debut as War Machine came in “Iron Man” #284 (September 1992). Rhodey’s backstory states he served in the military as a Marine on tours of duty in southeast Asia. While he was originally involved in the Vietnam War, comic book time’s retconned the war involved in…

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The Princess and the Frog

Minorities in cartoons: “The Princess and the Frog”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Disney’s “The Princess and the Frog.” Released in 2009, “Princess” was Disney’s first feature-length theatrical animated film (and first “Princess” film) with an African-American star. Based on the old fairy tale “The Frog Prince,” the film’s plot centers around Tiana, a young woman living in 1920s New Orleans whose dream is opening her own restaurant. Not being wealthy (far from it), she’s working hard at a restaurant to try to raise funds to open her own eatery. Meanwhile, Prince Naveen, a…

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Nubia

Minorities in cartoons: Nubia

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Nubia, a longtime Wonder Woman supporting character. Nubia first  appeared in “Wonder Woman” (vol. 1) #204 in January 1973, and was created by Robert Kanigher and Don Heck. Nubia was an early example of an attempt at introducing diversity into superhero comics. As such, she was introduced with an unusual origin story—by being retroactively inserted into Wonder Woman’s own origin! Nubia’s backstory stated that she too was sculpted from clay like her sister Diana, with both statues brought to…

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Fillmore

Minorities in cartoons: “Fillmore!”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is the Saturday morning series “Fillmore!” Airing on ABC from 2002 to 2004, the series was produced by Disney. “Fillmore!” focused on its titular character Cornelius Fillmore, a bald 12-year-old African-American kid who was once a juvenile delinquent. Caught planning to steal a shipment of chalk from his school (“X Middle School,” supposedly located in the Twin Cities per Wikipedia), the school’s safety patrol gave him a choice: help solve a case or spend the rest of middle school in detention. Fillmore…

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Minorities in cartoons: “Not Invented Here”

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Not Invented Here,” a webcomic about the staff of a software development company. The webcomic started in 2009, and is created by Bill Barnes, Paul Southworth, and Jeff Zugale. The strip’s lead characters consist of Owen and Desmond, a program manager and a developer respectively. Owen, a thin Caucasian man with a goatee, is the goofier of the two. However, that’s not by much, seeing as his best friend Desmond (a heavy-set bald African-American man) is also prone to odd behavior,…

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Keith White

Minorities in cartoons: Keith White

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Keith White, a minor supporting character in the Superman comics. Keith first appeared in “Superman: Man of Steel” #1 in 1991, and was created by Louise Simonson. Keith was introduced as a young boy sent to live in a Metropolis orphanage after his mother, suffering from AIDS-related complications, was unable to continue caring for him. One day, while wandering underground, Keith was caught and kidnapped by “Underworlders,” genetic experiments-gone-wrong (long story) who were living underneath Metropolis. Telling Keith they were…

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