Minorities in cartoons: Rocket

Rocket

This week’s entry is Rocket, from Milestone Comics’ “Icon” title. Rocket (real name Raquel Ervin) was created by Dwayne McDuffie and Mark D. Bright. She first appeared in “Icon” #1 (May 1993). Background Raquel grew up in an impoverished neighborhood of the fictional city of Dakota. As a teenager, while attempting a robbery with friends, … Read more

Minorities in comics and animation: Maddie Blaustein

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This week’s entry is Maddie Blaustein, a voice actress who’s voiced various dubbed-for-English anime series. Background Blaustein’s most well-known role was as the voice of Meowth for the various “Pokemon” incarnations up through the late 2000s. Blaustein also was a comic book writer. She wrote some stories for the Milestone Comics line, including Static‘s comic. Blaustein … Read more

RIP Dwayne McDuffie

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I and the rest of the comics/animation enthusiast world was surprised today by the news that Dwayne McDuffie has died, due to complications from a surgical procedure. Comic Book Resources has this nice summary of McDuffie’s career. I was introduced to McDuffie’s work through reading the Milestone Comics line of characters when I was in … Read more

Black animated and comic characters: Static

Static

Today’s entry is Static (real name: Virgil Hawkins), a Milestone Comics/DC Comics superhero. Static was created by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Derek Dingle, and Michael Davis. Background Static first appeared in 1993’s “Static” #1, as part of the then-new Milestone Comics line. Milestone was an imprint of DC Comics set in a world with a multicultural range … Read more