FAQs

Cartoonists of Color (CoC) is a play off of the acronym "PoC," which stands for "person of color." A PoC is anyone who identifies as non-white. On this list, you'll find comics creators of various ethnicities: African American, Korean Canadian, Indian Singaporian, Turkish American, Iranian British, Japanese American and so many more.
We created this database so that cartoonists of color can find each other. It's also great for finding comics to read and teach, and finding cartoonists to follow/befriend, promote, hire, and learn from.
The N/A fields are there because we don't have that information yet. If you are able to help us fill in the blanks, please use this online form.
Please use our online form to make any changes. If you are not the creator whose information you're correcting, please make sure you're giving us the correct info before submitting!
To add a new cartoonist of color to the database, or to add information to an existing entry, please fill out this form. As long as you indicate on this form that you are LGBTQ as well, you do not need to create an additional submission on the Queer Cartoonists site.
Yes, but please be sure you have the correct information before submitting. If you are not the creator, the update might not post if we at all suspect the information to be incorrect.
After you make a submission, the database admin (MariNaomi) has to review, edit, approve, and enter the submission. She adds new info in batches, usually on a weekly basis, but less frequently if she's touring or on a tight deadline. So please be patient! This is a very small operation.
We ask for an address in case we have any questions or concerns about your submission. Your email address is only visible to the administrator.
We're pleased to introduce a new feature that allows folks to contact creators, with their permission, through the site. The idea is that editors, publishers, fans, etc., have an easy way to contact creators, rather than having to search for a way to contact them elsewhere. If that makes you (the creator) uncomfortable (and we understand why it would), you are welcome to opt out. If you opt out, then your contact info would only be used if we have questions about your submission. But even if you opt in, your email address is only visible to the administrator and will never be shared with outside parties. PLEASE DO NOT OPT IN IF YOU ARE NOT THE CREATOR.
To ensure our creators are easy to find, only certain terms are allowed into the searchable areas. You're welcome to suggest other terms, which we will consider based on the volume of the suggestions and whether the terms are redundant to other preexisting terms. For example, the working title "Illustrator" is redundant in our database to "Artist," so we chose to keep the term Artist and remove Illustrator.
If your image isn't showing, please check your link to make sure it ends with .jpg, .gif, .png, or similar. Unfortunately, images from Facebook and Instagram, for example, aren't compatible with this requirement. Certain image hosting services may not allow third-party linking as well. Once you've got a proper link, submit your update using this form.
Tips for being a featured creator in the database:
  • Link to an image in your profile.
  • Have a personal website. Say something interesting about yourself and your work in the About section.
  • Your work titles should reflect your bibliography. Don't say you're a ___ unless you've got it on your resume.
  • Your genres should reflect your bibliography. Don't list genres you plan to get to someday.
  • Update your entry often.
  • Don't be a jerk.
  • If we haven't featured you yet, that doesn't mean we won't someday. We're keeping an eye on you. Keep making good work.
My name is MariNaomi and I am a cartoonist. This database, plus the Queer Cartoonists Database, is a labor of love I started in 2014. You can read about the origins of this project in an interview I did with Vice. I have also been greatly helped by my husband Gary, who helped build and maintain the original site, and graphic designer/programmer extraordinaire, Cameron Decker, who turned the databases into something more functional out of the goodness of his heart.
Spread the word! If you know of a comics creator that should be listed in this database but isn't, please add them by filling out this form. If you have a job or a panel you need filled, consider turning to the database for talent. And if you have a bit to spare, please support our Patreon.
We can be reached via email, but please understand that we are busy volunteers with full-time jobs, and must prioritize our paying work--so please be patient with our response time. Note that we will only respond to questions that have not been answered on the site, and that emails we deem rude will be deleted without response. No solicitors, please.