Minorities in cartoons: Rocket


This week’s entry is Rocket, from Milestone Comics’ “Icon” title. Rocket (real name Raquel Ervin) was created by Dwayne McDuffie and Mark D. Bright. She first appeared in “Icon” #1 (May 1993). Background Raquel grew up in an impoverished neighborhood of the fictional city of Dakota. As a teenager, while attempting a robbery with friends, … Read more

Minorities in comics and animation: Maddie Blaustein

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This 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 … Read more

RIP Dwayne McDuffie

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I and the rest of the comics/animation enthusiast world was surprised today by the news that Dwayne McDuffie has died, due to complications from a surgical procedure. Comic Book Resources has this nice summary of McDuffie’s career. I was introduced to McDuffie’s work through reading the Milestone Comics line of characters when I was in … Read more

Black animated and comic characters: Static


Today’s entry is Static (real name: Virgil Hawkins), a Milestone Comics/DC Comics superhero. Static was created by Dwayne McDuffie, Denys Cowan, Derek Dingle, and Michael Davis. Background Static first appeared in 1993’s “Static” #1, as part of the then-new Milestone Comics line. Milestone was an imprint of DC Comics set in a world with a multicultural range … Read more