Minorities in cartoons: Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Harley Quinn (real name: Harleen Quinzel), a Batman supervillain who appears in DC Comics. Harley first appeared in 1992’s “Batman: The Animated Series” TV series. She was created by series heads Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. Background As her backstory states, Harleen was originally a psychiatrist working at Gotham … Read more

Minorities in cartoons: Poison Ivy

Scooby-Doo Team-Up #12

This week’s minorities in cartoons entry is Poison Ivy, a longtime Batman nemesis. Poison Ivy (real name: Pamela Isley) first appeared in “Batman” #181 (June 1966). She was created by writer Robert Kanigher and artist Sheldon Moldoff. Background Poison Ivy’s origin has varied over the years, and across media. For most versions, Dr. Pamela Isley (a botanist … Read more

27th annual GLAAD Media Award comics nominees announced

Lumberjanes #11

This year’s GLAAD Media Award nominees have been announced. The awards are meant to draw attention to positive portrayals of LGBT people in mainstream media. This includes the medium of comic books. The nominees this year for Outstanding Comic Book: Angela: Queen of Hel (Marvel), by Marguerite Bennett, Kim Jacinto, Israel Silva, Stephanie Hans Harley Quinn (DC … Read more

“DC Super Hero Girls” finally launches

DC Super Hero Girls

DC’s finally launched its new girl-oriented initiative, “DC Super Hero Girls,” with the website and several episodes of the series online. The series’ premise is basically “Sky High” meets “Tiny Toon Adventures”: various classic DC heroes and heroines enroll as students at “Super Hero High” to learn all they can about being great heroes. The school … Read more

DC Entertainment launches a superheroine initiative aimed at girls

Comic book shop display

DC Entertainment has announced it’s planning to launch “DC Super Hero Girls,” a major initiative due this fall. Aimed at girls ages 6-12, it’ll feature teenage versions of various DC superheroines and supervillainesses, including Wonder Woman, Bumblebee (spelled “Bumble Bee” in the press release for some reason), Batgirl, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, and others. Designed … Read more