Tyron Handy is a comic artist and children's book illustrator from Philadelphia. His latest series reimagine some of his favourite cartoons with black characters. It has garnered him a lot of attention, with a huge following on instagram.
Handy thinks that the positive attention he’s received is because of the creativity he puts into his drawings. He told us: “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.”
"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. He said: "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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