A talented comic artist and children’s book illustrator Tyron Handy is from Philadelphia and is now winning the internet with his reimagined black characters of our all-time favorite classic cartoons. He has been publishing his works on Instagram for more than two years now. And till now, he has recreated tons of our favorite childhood cartoon characters in their black avatars.
He has already recreated our favorite cartoon characters from ‘Rugrats’ to ‘Hey Arnold’ to ‘The Simpson’. And, his black characters of those classic cartoons are now winning the internet as he already gathered 26,000 avid followers in his Instagram profile. Many people are just loving his recreations of the classic cartoons. And, some are even suggesting names for his characters. Many of his fans also suggest him on what will be the next classic character he should reimagine next time.
Tyron Handy thanks his fans and expressed that he wanted to make his creations go viral on the internet. But, he didn’t expect that kind of positive responses that he is getting now for his black characters. He now thinks that he is receiving the positive responses due to his hard work and the creativity he puts into his cartoons.
While talking about his reimagined classic cartoon characters, he told to BuzzFeed that “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.”
Tyron Handy also expressed that “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.”
Besides his famous reimagining of classic characters, Handy also has his own weekly comics called “Apple Dapple Tactics”. He is not just grateful towards his fans but also wants to inspire the next generation of black artists through his creations. Handy 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.”