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20 Cartoon Characters Reimagined As Black People To Raise Awareness

Published 4 months ago

Growing up as a black man, artist Tyron Handy never felt represented in cartoons – that’s why he decided to take it upon himself to do something about it. Nowadays the artist reimagines popular cartoon and TV show characters as black people, and has gathered quite the following on social media.

In a recent interview with Bored Panda, the artist said most of the black characters he saw on TV were either the main character’s token black best friends or overexaggerated stereotypes. “So for fun, I just started reimagining some of my favorite cartoon characters as the black versions of themselves and most of my redesigns took off. It was cool to see a lot of positive reactions toward my artwork,” said Tyron.

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Tyron says his goal is to create his own original black characters and cartoon series that would inspire more black artists to create their own. “My comic series Apple Dapple Tactics was created out of boredom. I never really planned to do much with it, but after the first skit went viral on Twitter, I delivered,” says the artist. “Currently I’m working on making longer skits that feel more like mini episodes and posting them on my IGTV and YouTube page. I hope to get the series one day on a streaming platform like HBOMax, Hulu, or Netflix. It’s always been my dream to see my characters come to life on the screen.”

Check out more of Tyron’s illustrations below, and if you want more, see our previous post here!

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Aušrys Uptas

One day, this guy just kind of figured - "I spend most of my time on the internet anyway, why not turn it into a profession?" - and he did! Now he not only gets to browse the latest cat videos and fresh memes every day but also shares them with people all over the world, making sure they stay up to date with everything that's trending on the web. Some things that always pique his interest are old technologies, literature and all sorts of odd vintage goodness. So if you find something that's too bizarre not to share, make sure to hit him up!

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