Pioneering Cartoonists of Color
**Note to editor: I tried really hard to find good, quality links to all of the artists listed, but there is limited information on African American cartoonists on the web. I spent a lot of time searching everything I could think of, so I hope this suffices. Thanks.
In 2007, the art of cartooning celebrated its 100th anniversary. Although much attention has been given to notable caucasian artists, there has been little information put forth on the talents of African American cartoonists. African Americans have made groundbreaking contributions to the likes of Marvel and Archie comics as well as political cartooning and newspaper comic strips. Below are some of the most renowned African American cartoonists and their work.
Charles H. Alston
Muralist, Sculptor and Painter: an overview of Alston's works.
About the Charles Henry Alston Papers: biographical information and overview of his collections.
Who's Who of American Comic Books: features a listing of Ashe's works.
The Wizard: a look at Ashe's most noted character and comic.
Brumsic Brandon Jr.
Biography: the life and works of Brumsic Brandon Jr.
Bibliographies and Exhibitions: a listing of Brandon's works and displays.
Obituary: the 2007 notice of death that highlights Brown's most famous creations.
Robert 'Buck' Brown: an overview of the cartoonists works including Playboy's “Granny.”
Henry Brown: the official website of the artist.
E. Simms Campbell
E. Simms Campbell: a biographical overview as well as displays of his work.
Archive Cartoons: a display of Carr's political cartoons.
Interview: a PBS interview with Commodore about his life and work.
Commodore: examples of Commodore's work and information on his breakthroughs as an African American artist.
Elton C. Fax
The Elton Fax Collection: includes biographical information as well as an overview of his collections housed at Syracuse University
The Middle Passage: an overview of the 5 pages of drawings depicting the slave trade.
The Artist: a look at the life and accomplishments of Feelings.
Oliver Harrington Biography: a sketch of Harrington's life as well as suggested further readings.
African American Registry: more information on the life of the pioneering cartoonist Oliver Harrington.
Krazy Kat: information on one of Herriman's most noted comics.
Herriman Biography: a look at the pioneering work of George Herriman.
Art: examples of Hollingsworth's works.
The Jay Jackson Years: an overview of Jackson's comic Bungleton Green.
Samuel Joyner: a biographical overview of Joyner as well as images of his cartoons.
Cal Massey: a biographical overview of Massey's life and illustrations.
Further Information: more biographical information as well as a look at the 1996 Olympic Medallions designed by Massey.
Biography: a look at Powell's early life and interests in cartooning.
Leslie Rogers: an article on comic art that discusses Rogers' work on Bungleton Green and his relationship with fellow cartoonist Jay Jackson.
The Reaction to Real Life and “Reel” Life: a print of one of Rogers' comic strips.
Quincy: information Shearer's most notable newspaper comic strip.
Obituary: Shearer's New York Times obituary gives a biographical sketch of the artist's life.
Jim B. Watson
Pioneering Cartoonists: a listing of pioneering cartoonists as well as their works including Watson.