August 11, 2011

Minorities in comics and animation: Maddie Blaustein

Minorities in comics and animation: Maddie Blaustein

Maddie BlausteinThis 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 was a transgender woman. She engaged in some activism for the transgender community.

Blaunstein died in her sleep in 2008, at age 48. YouTube contains many fan-made videos in tribute to Blaustein.

While I wasn’t the biggest Pokemon fan, Blaustein’s Meowth (and Team Rocket in general) was one of the more enjoyable aspects of the show. I also enjoyed the appearances of Rubber-Band Man in “Static Shock.” The super-stretching character was co-created by Blaustein for the original Milestone comics.

A few magazines (including LGBT newsmagazine “The Advocate”) also have done interviews with Blaustein (unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any links).

(Updated 11/14/16)

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