Lack of black comic strips no laughing matter

The Austin Weekly has a good article on the lack of diversity on the comics page and how many newspapers are demanding more minority characters – and not just supporting/background colors.

It?s an awareness that has propelled many Chicago papers to take a serious look at their minority representation, in not only their news sections, but their comics as well. The distributors of strips “realize more and more that newspapers are interested in broadening their comics,” John O?Brien, associate managing editor of the Southtown said. And so the distributors, called syndicates, look for more and more racially specific cartoons to meet the demand, he said.