Donald Trump in cartoons

The Critic

Donald Trump, 1980s business and pop cultural icon, for some reason’s managed to linger in the public pop cultural landscape since that decade. Mostly helped by his 2000s reality show “The Apprentice,” Trump’s managed a large comeback in recent years, all of which has led to Trump becoming the Republicans’ candidate for president in the 2016 election. … Read more

Election Day in cartoons

Dipper in "The Stanchurian Candidate" ("Gravity Falls")

In the United States, Election Day is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November. This means Election Day can occur between November 2 and November 8. Like in other media, comics and animation have featured election-centric storylines. Here’s a list of some noteworthy ones. Peanuts The 1972 special “You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown” sees … Read more

“Bloom County” is back as a webcomic

Oliver Wendell Jones

“Bloom County” is Berkeley Breathed’s classic 1980s comic strip that satirized that decade’s social and political culture, in a hilarious manner. However, since Breathed ended its run at the decade’s end, it’s also partially become a period piece. His subsequent strips, the 90s’ “Outland” and 2000s’ “Opus,” weren’t as well received, and folded with little fanfare. Now, … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Oliver Wendell Jones

Oliver Wendell Jones

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Oliver Wendell Jones, a character introduced in 1983 in Berkeley Breathed‘s popular comic strip “Bloom County.” Background Similar to “FoxTrot”‘s Jason Fox, and unlike fellow “Bloom County” costar Ronald-Ann, Oliver spent much of his time engaged in geeky or scientific pursuits. This was to the dismay of his parents, … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Ronald-Ann Smith


This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Ronald-Ann Smith. She’s a recurring character in Berkeley Breathed’s comic strips “Bloom County” and “Outland.” Background Ronald-Ann Smith is named after then-President Ronald Reagan. She’s a grade-school aged African-American girl with a highly optimistic view of the world. This comes in spite of her impoverished environment. The strip says … Read more

Unions in animation and comics

Last Exit to Springfield

Comics and animated productions occasionally show their characters as members of unions. While it’s sometimes just a one-off gag, it can also drive the story’s plot. Below are a few examples of unions as the focus of a cartoon. The Simpsons Unsurprisingly, “The Simpsons” have poked fun at unions on various occasions (including their downsides/problems … Read more