Jackie Ormes – Google Doodle celebrates Jackie Ormes, the first Black woman cartoonist

Date: September 1, 2020 Posted by: Rohit Gupta In: Google Doodle

Celebrating Jackie Ormes

Today, the search engine google is celebrating the Jackie Ormes day and shared a very interactive and attractive with slideshow Google Doodle in the United States, which has been illustrated by Philadelphia based guest artist Liz Montague. She was an American cartoonist and activist Jackie Ormes.

Jackie Ormes

Jackie Ormes Short Biography

Born Zelda Mavin Jackson
August 1, 1911
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Died December 26, 1985 (aged 74)
Chicago, Illinois

Nationality American

Area(s) Cartoonist

Notable works Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem
Patty Jo ‘n’ Ginger
Torchy in Heartbeats (originally titled Torchy Brown Heartbeats) and accompanying Torchy Togs (paper doll cutouts).

Awards National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame
Will Eisner Comic Industry Hall of Fame

Jackie Ormes was born on August 1, 1911 in in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She is recognized as the first African-American woman cartoonist and maker of the Torchy Brown comic strip and the Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger panel. She is widely known as the first and only Black female newspaper cartoonist of her time in the United States.

jackie ormes cartoons

By August 1945, Ormes’s work was back in the Courier, with the advent of Patty-Jo ‘n’ Ginger, a single-panel cartoon which ran for 11 years.

It contained a big sister-little sister set-up, with the precocious, insightful and socially/politically-aware child as the only speaker and the beautiful adult woman as a sometime pin-up figure and fashion mannequin.

The strip ran from September 1, 1945 to September 22, 1956

In this Google doodle, it gives a glimpse into stages of Ormes’ life, from her early stages as a self-taught artist to a powerhouse cartoonist and humorist whose work continues to inspire.

Jackie Ormes cartoons

After graduation, she go in the media landscape as a proofreader and freelance journalist for the countrywide circulated Black newspaper the Pittsburgh Courier.

Ormes’s first comic strip, Torchy Brown in Dixie to Harlem, first looked in the Pittsburgh Courier on May 1, 1937.

A pioneering expert woman in a male-dominated cartooning industry, Ormes retired in 1956 but sustained her promise to advocacy and community management throughout the rest of her life. In recognition of her accomplishments, Ormes was retrospectively inaugurated into the National Association of Black Journalists’ Hall of Fame in 2014 as well as the Will Eisner Comic Industry Hall of Fame in 2018.

When it has been asked about this doodle which was illustrated by Philadelphia-based guest artist Liz Montague that What message do you hope people take away from your Doodle?

A: I hope people are as inspired by Jackie’s bravery and creativity as I am. This doodle is really sharing the Jackie’s bravery and her creativity. She was so famous and Doodle is sharing this doodle in slideshow to remember this day.

Thank you, Jackie Ormes, for serving to strip away negative stereotypes one panel at a time.

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