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Cartoonists of Color Datasets

posted on 28.09.2015, 17:15 authored by Thomas PadillaThomas Padilla, Mari NaomiMari Naomi

The Cartoonists of Color Dataset and the LGBTQ Cartoonists of Color Dataset are derived from the Cartoonists of Color Database (CoC). Dataset release is the result of a collaboration with CoC Database creator, artist, author, and illustrator MariNaomi. These datasets are provided in order to support folks interested in exploring the data computationally. 

:: Backstory ::

MariNaomi developed the CoC database, “For visibility. For Academia. For inspiration. For community building.” CoC contains contains biographical information (ethnicity, gender, creative roles, location, comic titles, genre, etc.) for 861 cartoonists who identify as non-Caucasian (non-white).

The CoC database is a unique resource that holds potential to support a growing conversation on diversity (race, gender, sex) in comics that spans academic, popular, creator, and fan discourse.

CoC data was gathered by hand and via completion of an online form. The database continues to grow.

:: Data Preparation ::

Data derived from the database have been minimally normalized. In some cases, data have not been normalized at all. I leave this to the discretion of the data user, but I would say to tread ethically. While the ethnicity data field contains more than 160 different types, (e.g. "mixed, black", "African American", "African-American + Afro-Bermudian / Irish-American") some of which you could interpret as acceptable candidates for normalization, keep in mind what the act of normalization does. Especially in light of the connection between data point and identity. Take the diversity of the data as a challenge. Strain those data models. Where they don't work, cast them aside. Perhaps make something new.

:: Data Summary ::

Cartoonists of Color Dataset - contains biographical information for all cartoonists of color


LGBTQ Cartoonists of Color Dataset - contains biographical information for the LGBTQ subset of the Cartoonists of Color Dataset


:: Acknowledgements ::

Source data compiled and maintained by MariNaomi. 

Devin Higgins advised on JSON data structure.