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I'm writing a multicultural comic book-I want to know what's your views on these ideas?

 
 
Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 04:06 pm
I am writing a multicultural family/kids comic book about streetfighting cats and dogs. Is it bad to use certain breeds of cats and dogs to represent different races/cultures? They've been doing stuff like that in cartoons and comics for years. I don't see anything wrong with that as long as they aren't racist ethnic caricatures.

Is this a bad idea to put in a comic book?

I'm writing a comic book about street-fighting cats and dogs, and they live in cat-and-dog towns. I want to make rabbits criminal and hail from a town that's a rabbit version of Brooklyn, NY- Bucktown. (Get it? Bucktown is a nickname for BrookIyn, and male rabbits are called bucks). I got that idea from some old hip-hop songs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UP2mlvJkAPY
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRNBY4BvylU
I want to have some "black" gangster bunnies attacking the cat-and-dog towns and going to these towns and acting like "dirty rabbits."

Is this idea offensive? I'm black-I don't see anything wrong with it.
 
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 04:21 pm
Yes, I see something wrong with making the criminal/bad boy gang villans all Black.
Can't you??
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 05:43 pm
@PUNKEY,
I didn't say they all the bad guys were going to be black.
djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 06:01 pm
@JGoldman10,
JGoldman10 wrote:

I didn't say they all the bad guys were going to be black.


some of them could be italian Wink
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 06:08 pm
@djjd62,
Or Hispanic or Asian or Arab.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 06:09 pm
@JGoldman10,
ecru?
djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 06:10 pm
@Rockhead,
silly, there are no bad ecru people, jesus was ecru with blonde hair and blue eyes (kinda like a surfer in the pictures i've seen)
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 06:23 pm
@Rockhead,
Just like there's different nationalities of people, there's different cat and dogs breeds. Some countires have their own cat and dog breeds that originated there.
I want to use these breeds to represent different countires/nationalities/races/ethinciities.
The point I'm making is I'm not going to use certain cat and dog breeds and make them look like culturalistic stereotypes, like:

http://images.wikia.com/looneytunes/images/4/47/Speedy_Gonzales.jpg
http://stormstrike.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/scrooge_mcduck1.png
http://www-static.weddingbee.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/06/26/pepelep.gif
Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 06:25 pm
@JGoldman10,
that's not a cat...
djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 06:31 pm
@Rockhead,
and none of them are rabbits

the only evil rabbit i know is white, and smokes
http://www.gravatar.com/avatar/d2b63e28bc34f2a3c2e0aa9c24bd68dc?r=R&d=identicon&s=60
Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 06:32 pm
@djjd62,
please don't stand so close to me when you say that...

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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 06:33 pm
@Rockhead,
They are ANIMALS and they are CULTURALISTIC stereotypes.
Rockhead
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 06:34 pm
@JGoldman10,
tell me about the french skunk, please...
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 06:36 pm
@JGoldman10,
I think whenever race and the possibilities of stereotypes are involved you are on thin ice. It's not that it can't be done, it's just difficult. No matter what you do someone will probably be offended just because that is how people are. People might see rabbits and think Brer Rabbit and Uncle Remis which leads to the tar baby...see? It's a slippery slope.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 06:46 pm
I bet none of you remember M.C. Skat Kat:

http://www.guyspeak.com/paulamcskatkat-200.jpg
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/0/04/Skatkat.jpg

An animated character who appeared with Paula Abdul in some videos. I don't consider him a culturalistic stereotype-he's more of a black caricature.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 06:47 pm
@Green Witch,
Cats and dogs are the main ones. I'm not sure about the rabbits.
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djjd62
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 06:51 pm
@JGoldman10,
i'm proud to say i've never seen a paula abdul video

in fact i've never seen paula abdul on anything
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Green Witch
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 06:58 pm
@JGoldman10,
I do remember it (yeah, I'm that old) , but I don't remember specifics as to how the character acted. Maybe instead of focusing on the "race" of your comic animals you can focus on their environmental conditions. Animals from the poor inner city will have certain traits as would an animal living in the luxury district. No race needs to be implied, just class.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 07:04 pm
@Green Witch,
He acted like Will Smith.
laughoutlood
 
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Reply Thu 17 Feb, 2011 07:38 pm
@JGoldman10,
I'm guessing the cats and dogs may triumph over the evil ones.
 

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