|Claudia Grant and Bowie Grant from the Robotech cartoon series.|
Claudia Grant (left): A bridge officer on the SDF-1 with the rank of lieutenant commander. Her story took place during the First Robotech War, also known as the Zentraedi saga in the U.S. Read more about her on Wikipedia.
Bowie Grant (right): He is the nephew of Claudia Grant, a skilled fighter and musician. His story took place during the Second Robotech war, also known as the Robetech Masters saga in the U.S. Read more about him on the Robotech wikia.
Robotech was one of the first cartoons I remember that had black characters. I liked the fact that they weren't just throwaway characters. They played a crucial part in the story, right alongside the main characters. Seeing Claudia and Bowie on screen helped to set some good foundation for my own artistic development. The world is diverse, and animation should be as well.