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Black cartoonists are often overlooked within the comics industry, but if you would like to learn more about pioneering black cartoonists you will find many resources available to you in the Research and Reference Division.
Jackie Ormes: The First African American Woman Cartoonist by
Call Number: Sc F 08-438
Publication Date: 2019
In the United States at mid-century, in an era when there were few opportunities for women in general and even fewer for African American women, Jackie Ormes blazed a trail as a popular artist with the major black newspapers of the day. Jackie Ormes chronicles the life of this multiply talented, fascinating woman who became a successful commercial artist and cartoonist. Ormes's cartoon characters (including Torchy Brown, Candy, and Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger) delighted readers of newspapers such as the Pittsburgh Courier and Chicago Defender, and spawned other products, including fashionable paper dolls in the Sunday papers and a black doll with her own extensive and stylish wardrobe.
Morrie Turner, Creator of "Wee Pals" by
Call Number: J B Turner E
Publication Date: 1986
Relates how a talented black boy in California, encouraged by sympathetic teachers, turned his interest in drawing into a career as a successful and popular syndicated cartoonist.
Pioneering Cartoonists of Color by
Call Number: Sc D 16-932
Publication Date: 2016
Syndicated cartoonist and illustrator Tim Jackson offers an unprecedented look at the rich yet largely untold story of African American cartoon artists. This book provides a historical record of the men and women who created seventy-plus comic strips, many editorial cartoons, and illustrations for articles. The volume covers the mid-1880s, the early years of the self-proclaimed black press, to 1968, when African American cartoon artists were accepted in the so-called mainstream.
All the Rage: The Boondocks Past and Present by
Call Number: Sc F 08-587
Publication Date: 2007
Aaron McGruder's hilariously offensive comic strip has never been afraid to tell it like it is. Now Huey, Riley and Granddad have their own hit animated series on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, the masses are praising McGruder's precocious preteens and their brilliant politically and racially charged humour. Also available are Public Enemy # 2, Birth of a Nation and A Right To Be Hostile.
Researching Black Cartoonists
The Library's catalog can be accessed by using the url: catalog.nypl.org
You may begin your research by conducting a subject heading search. Some sample subject headings for comic book and graphic novel include:
African American cartoonists.
African American women cartoonists -- Biography.
African Americans -- Comic books, strips, etc.
African Americans in art.