Comic Artists Plan Black and White Protest

'Minority' strips not interchangeable, say fed-up cartoonists
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 6, 2008 3:01 PM CST
The cast of Aaron McGruder's "The Boondocks," arguably the most successful breakout among minority-penned comic strips. Due to "token" policies of some editors, argue protesters, achieving syndication...   (United Features Syndicate)
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(Newser) – Sick of seeing colleagues turned down by newspapers that already have their fill of cartoons depicting minorities, artists of color are planning a draw-in Sunday, the Washington Post reports. The minds behind strips like "Candorville," "Herb and Jamaal," and "Cafe con Leche" will wield their pens to portray a white reader writing off comic strips like theirs as "tokenism."

"I'd be shocked if an editor ever looked at a new white strip and said, 'We already have a white strip,' " says Darrin Bell, creator of "Candorville." But one syndicate rep argues that race is at most "a minor" factor. "How much uproar am I going to have if I drop a strip I currently run and replace it," he says.