Minorities in cartoons: “Questionable Content”

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Updated on December 10, 2021

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This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is “Questionable Content,” a webcomic by Jeph Jacques. The strip began running in August 2003, and has since become one of the more prominent webcomics.


“Questionable Content” is a “slice-of-life” strip about the lives of a group of mostly twentysomething friends, lovers, and so forth. Per Wikipedia, the strip’s set in Massachusetts, though in a “twenty minutes into the future” setting where commercial space stations, artificial intelligence, and robots are commonplace.

The cast is quite large (the strip’s website describes the major characters), but some of the main characters include:

  • Marten, a library assistant who’s interested in indie rock.
  • Pintsize, Martin’s small-sized “AnthroPC” robot. Tends to make crude jokes, misbehave, and serves as comic relief, but he does like Marten.
  • Faye, Marten’s roommate. A former coffee shop employee, she’s now working in robotics.
  • Dora, a former girlfriend of Marten, as well as bisexual and an ex-goth. The proprietor of the Coffee of Doom coffee shop.
  • Hannelore, an eccentric employee at Coffee of Doom. She’s also Martin and Faye’s neighbor.
  • Claire, a transgender woman who works at the local library as an intern. She’s also started dating Marten.
  • Clinton, Claire’s more reserved-acting younger brother. He’s a fan of Hannelore’s father, a scientist behind much of the artificial intelligence present in the strip’s world.

The cast is quite large, as I’ve noted earlier. A fairly diverse group of LGBT individuals are also present in the strip. Marten’s father runs a gay nightclub in Miami (and got married in one storyline).

(Updated 3/31/18)

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