We all want to see more characters of color in books and stories — but for a white writer, getting these characters right can feel like an impossible challenge. You want to avoid stereotypes, but you don't want these characters to feel like white people with non-European names. So what do you do?

Over at Midnight Breakfast, cartoonist and writer MariNaomi talks about reading a friend's novel that had no people of color in it. And the twin pitfalls of either turning a white character into a POC with a simple name-change, or inserting dumb stereotypes. How do you avoid these two mistakes? She enlists the aid of some of the world's greatest cartoonists, to help you out.


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