Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Jackie Ormes

Jackie Ormes (1911-1985) was the first African American woman cartoonist, who had a strip in the weekly black newspaper the Pittsburgh Courier. “Torchy Brown” ran from 1937-1938, and was reintroduced in 1950. The character was an independent woman, and showed a less stereotypical image of a black woman. In 2007, Cheryl Lynn Eaton founded The Ormes Society in her name, which is “dedicated to supporting black female comic creators and promoting the inclusion of black women in the comics industry as creators, characters, and consumers.”

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