Minorities in cartoons: “The Legend of Korra”

Legend of Korra

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “The Legend of Korra.” A spinoff of Nickelodeon’s “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” “Korra” aired for four seasons (of 52 episodes) from 2012 to 2014. To sum up both series, “Avatar” was a popular Nickelodeon adventure/fantasy series about the ability of some (“benders”) to manipulate various Earth elementals (fire, … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Clarence”

"Clarence"

This week’s minorities in cartoons post is “Clarence,” an animated series that airs on Cartoon Network. “Clarence” debuted in 2014. The series focuses on the adventures of titular character Clarence, a very cheerful, optimistic young boy, who believes in goodness in everyone he meets. He’s accompanied on his adventures by his two closest friends, made … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Steven Universe”

Steven Universe

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Steven Universe,” a Cartoon Network animated series. It’s their first series created by a woman, Rebecca Sugar. The series debuted in 2013. The show’s premise centers around the “Crystal Gems,” a trio of alien women who defend Earth (and the small oceanfront town they live in, “Beach City”) from various … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: “Mulan”

Mulan

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Mulan,” a 1998 Disney animated feature. “Mulan” is based on the ancient Chinese ballad “The Ballad of Mulan.” The film’s story: when China is being invaded by Huns, the nation’s emperor enlists a draft of all families to send a male member to repel the enemy. Fa Mulan, … Read more

The best of minorities in cartoons: Talk shows

Dave Stevens and Tina Ames

With David Letterman’s final talk show this week, I thought I’d list a few examples of favorite characters who’ve made appearances on (in-universe) talk shows of some sort… Cleveland Brown Cleveland created his own talk show on an episode of “The Cleveland Show.” Cyberchase Jackie, Inez, and Matt all have appeared on a cyberspace talk … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Tommy Lee

Tommy Lee

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Tommy Lee, a DC Comics character. Tommy first appeared in “Superman” (vol. 1) #362 (August 1981), and was created by writer Bob Rozakis and artist Kurt Schaffenberger. Tommy was shown as one of Clark Kent’s roommates during his college years at Metropolis University; the other three were Dave … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Linda Park

Linda Park

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Linda Park, a long-running character in DC Comics’ “The Flash.” Linda first appeared in “Flash” (vol. 2) #28 in July 1989, and was created by writer William Messner-Loebs and artist Greg LaRocque. Linda, born in Chicago to a third-generation family of Korean descent, works as a television reporter. … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Apollo and Midnighter

Apollo and Midnighter

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is a duo: Apollo and Midnighter. Both superheroes first appeared in “Stormwatch” (vol. 2) #4 in February 1998, and were created by writer Warren Ellis and artist Bryan Hitch. The duo’s most prominent aspect are that they’re analogs of Superman (Apollo) and Batman (Midnighter). Unlike the actual World’s Finest, both Apollo … Read more

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