Minorities in cartoons: Rocket

This week’s entry is Rocket, from Milestone Comics’ “Icon” title. Debuting in “Icon” #1, Rocket (real name Raquel Ervin) was created by Dwayne McDuffie and Mark D. Bright. Raquel grew up in an impoverished neighborhood of the fictional city of Dakota. As a teenager, while attempting a robbery with friends, she meets Augustus Freeman IV,

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Minorities in comics and animation: Maddie Blaustein

This week’s entry is Maddie Blaustein, a voice actress who’s voiced various dubbed-for-English anime series. Her 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, having written some stories for the Milestone Comics line. Blaustein was a transgender

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RIP Dwayne McDuffie

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

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Black animated and comic characters: Static

Today’s entry is StaticĀ (real name: Virgil Hawkins), a Milestone Comics/DC Comics superhero and star of the animated series “Static Shock.” Static was created by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Derek Dingle, and Michael Davis. Static first appeared in 1993’s “Static” #1, as part of the then-new Milestone Comics line, an imprint of DC Comics taking place

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Anthony’s picks for DC Comics for August 2009

Yep, time for another round of “see what Anthony thinks is good from DC” for August 2009. What I’ll be buying:Nothing. What I might buy:– The Flash Chronicles, vol. 1 TPB, on sale Sept. 23, $15– Icon: A Hero’s Welcome TPB, on sale Sept. 30, $20 Comments:Wednesday Comics, the faux-Sunday comics section DC is offering,

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