Artists Reimagines Popular Cartoon Characters As Black

Reimagined 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 character can be a real challenge.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Handy wants to inspire the next generation of black artists

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“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”

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Handy also has his own weekly comic, Apple Dapple Tactics

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

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

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