Encyclopedia of Black Comics by Sheena C. HowardThe Encyclopedia of Black Comics, focuses on people of African descent who have published significant works in the United States or have worked across various aspects of the comics industry. The book focuses on creators in the field of comics: inkers, illustrators, artists, writers, editors, Black comic historians, Black comic convention creators, website creators, archivists and academics—as well as individuals who may not fit into any category but have made notable achievements within and/or across Black comic culture.
Profiles in Black Cartooning
Quincy is an American syndicated newspaper comic strip published from July 13, to October 4, , created and produced by cartoonist Ted Shearer. Another predecessor, Wee Pals , features an African-American among an ensemble cast of different races and ethnicities. The comic strip Quincy , starring a 9-   or year-old  African-American title character being raised by his grandmother in Manhattan 's Harlem neighborhood, debuted on June 13  or June 17,  sources differ , syndicated to newspapers by King Features Syndicate. Shearer had previously sold single-panel gag cartoons to King Features' Laff-a-Day feature. After a chance commuter-train meeting with King Features artist Bill Gilmartin , where Shearer showed some of his work and noted that his cartoons had been published in The Saturday Evening Post , Collier's and other magazines, an impressed Gilmartin brought Shearer's work to wider attention at the syndicate. The strip ended in , upon Shearer's retirement. Quincy appeared in at least a half-dozen comic-book stories, most of them written and drawn by Shearer.
In arguably the greatest, most enlightening discovery since the Rosetta Stone, cat ambassador Gemma Correll has managed to get hold of the secret diary of Tiddles, a three-year-old moggy, whic Hot off the back of her incredibly popular Monday Punday online series, Gemma Correll has surveyed her army of punning fans to create this hilarious collection of her best illustrated puns, as Zelda Jackson Ormes, better known as Jackie, was the first African American woman to make a living as a cartoonist. Between and , her strips were syndicated extensively nationwide in the Black press, featuring Black women front and center in roles and social situations they were never accorded in the mainstream media of the day. Read the full profile.
Black people have been portrayed in comics since the medium 's beginning, with their portrayals often the subject of controversy. The integration of black characters in mainstream and superhero comics has endured various obstacles and challenges. Critics have noted that black men and women have often been portrayed as jungle or ghetto stereotypes, and have often been portrayed as sidekicks as opposed to primary characters. Cartoonist Lee Falk 's adventure comic strip Mandrake the Magician featured the African supporting character Lothar from its debut. He was a former "Prince of the Seven Nations", a federation of jungle tribes, but passed on the chance to become king and instead followed Mandrake on his world travels, fighting crime. Initially an illiterate exotic garbed in animal skins, he provided the muscle to complement Mandrake's brain on their adventures.