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This Artist Reimagined 10 Cartoon Characters As Black And Triggered Some People On The Internet

Published 1 year ago

With many artists reimagining Disney princesses in various situations, illustrator and cartoonist Tyron Handy creates something different. He reimagines famous cartoon characters as black people, but people on the internet are quite conflicted on his art.

In an interview with Buzzfeed, the artist said he’s not just putting designer clothes and jewelry onto the characters: “My recreations really look like they could be parallel versions of the characters.” Although the illustrations are just his side project – his main project is a weekly comic about a character named Ty, called ‘Apple Dapple Tactics‘.

Tyron says there weren’t a lot of cartoons that represented him when he was growing up – “most black characters in cartoons and tv shows were stereotypical side characters and the best friend of the white main character.” He thinks that more black kids need to see themselves represented in the media. Sadly, people on the internet were seeing his illustrations differently – they started calling them racist and accused the artist of stealing characters.

Check out Tyron’s illustrations in the gallery below!

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Tyron Handy is a Cartoonist and illustrator from Philadelphia

He reimagines famous cartoon characters as black people

Over the course of 2 years, the artist’s illustrations gathered him over 19 000 followers on Instagram

“There weren’t a lot of cartoons that I felt represented me much growing up,” said the artist in an interview with Buzzfeed

“Most black characters in cartoons and tv shows were stereotypical side characters and the best friend of the white main character”

Black kids need to be able to see more representations of themselves in media”

Tyron aims to inspire black artists everywhere

“I hope that one day I can run my own animation studio. I want to create more cartoons with black lead characters that will better represent the black experience”

Tyron also creates a weekly comic about a character named Ty, called ‘Apple Dapple Tactics’

 Sadly, people on the internet were seeing his illustrations differently and even accused him of racism

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While others praised his works

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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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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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