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This Artist Reimagined 10 Cartoons With Black Characters, And The Result Triggers Some People
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This Artist Reimagined 10 Cartoons With Black Characters, And The Result Triggers Some People

Reimagined cartoon characters are a dime-a-dozen these days, how many more times can Disney princesses take on a different guise? That’s not to say it’s easy though. While some artists give a change of outfit or maybe a new hairstyle, capturing a uniquely different ‘feel’ of a popular cartoon character can be a real challenge.

Artist Tyron Handy has managed to do just that, giving famous cartoons like The Simpsons And Family Guy black characters, and doing it so well that people are calling for the animated series to be made in real life. “Most recreations that I see are just people putting designer clothes and jewelry onto the characters and changing their skin color. My recreations really look like they could be parallel versions of the characters,” he told.

“There weren’t a lot of cartoons that I felt represented me much growing up — most black cartoon characters and tv shows were stereotypical, slightly racial discriminating 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.”

These cartoon reimaginings are a side project to Tyron’s weekly comic. ‘Apple Dapple Tactics‘ is based around the main character Ty, a systems engineer for Coca-Cola (although his mama says he ain’t got no job) and his complicated relationships. Check it out!

Scroll down below to see Tyron’s work for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

More info: Instagram

This is Tyron Handy, a Cartoonist, Illustrator and Comic Artist from Philadelphia

He has reimagined some of his favourite cartoons with black characters

He started posting on his instagram 2 years ago and now more than 19 000 people love his work

He told BuzzFeed: “There weren’t a lot of cartoons that I felt represented me much growing up”

“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”

Handy wants to inspire the next generation of black artists

“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”

Handy also has his own weekly comic, Apple Dapple Tactics

Not everyone accepted Handy’s message, some even thought it was racist

But others defended him and said what he was doing was good

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Robert Kienbaum III
Community Member
3 years ago

As a Caucasian American who loves these shows, I AM INCENSED! Not by the Blackification (is that a word? Screw it; it is now!) of these cartoons. They're awesome. I'm pissed at the racist assholes that find these images so offensive. FFS people, who cares?? First off, 100% of these characters are FICTIONAL. Secondly, the world is a rainbow. You can either accept it and enjoy it or keep staring at the storm clouds in misery.

JonCandy
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3 years ago

You rock, sir.

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Hallak65
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3 years ago

Tell me if I wrong, but the black Family guy is the The Cleveland Show

Person2638
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3 years ago (edited)

I love how well he nailed the art styles and I know that my sister would be happier if she had colored (especially Indian) cartoon people. For me, it was more books. Growing up, I only ever found one book with an Indian main protagonist, everyoone else was white (and occasionally black). I needed more of those. I think representation does matter a lot and this guy is not racist.

Whatevers not taken
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3 years ago

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He didn’t nail it. He just painted them brown. Not that hard. By the way half the shows he did it to weren’t white people. They are yellow or animals. So your point is invalid.

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Robert Kienbaum III
Community Member
3 years ago

As a Caucasian American who loves these shows, I AM INCENSED! Not by the Blackification (is that a word? Screw it; it is now!) of these cartoons. They're awesome. I'm pissed at the racist assholes that find these images so offensive. FFS people, who cares?? First off, 100% of these characters are FICTIONAL. Secondly, the world is a rainbow. You can either accept it and enjoy it or keep staring at the storm clouds in misery.

JonCandy
Community Member
3 years ago

You rock, sir.

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Hallak65
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3 years ago

Tell me if I wrong, but the black Family guy is the The Cleveland Show

Person2638
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3 years ago (edited)

I love how well he nailed the art styles and I know that my sister would be happier if she had colored (especially Indian) cartoon people. For me, it was more books. Growing up, I only ever found one book with an Indian main protagonist, everyoone else was white (and occasionally black). I needed more of those. I think representation does matter a lot and this guy is not racist.

Whatevers not taken
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3 years ago

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He didn’t nail it. He just painted them brown. Not that hard. By the way half the shows he did it to weren’t white people. They are yellow or animals. So your point is invalid.

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