This was a research project that looked over the 25 latest installments of 100 web comics and studied the characters that appeared within.
A character was defined as:
The webcomics had to fit the following parameters:
How the webcomics were chosen:
Characters were studied to find:
Race was the most difficult to discover, but it was done to the best of my ability. Most frequently, race was decided by skin color and the origin of the character’s name. Occasionally there were additional visual cues or contextual clues, but those rarely appeared. Because of this, sometimes race could be decided and sometimes ethnicity was what came up instead.
This is an incrediblysimplified way to find race and not one that would work in real life. However, representation in comics is simplified, sometimes almost to the point of abstraction, and this sometimes made skin color and name the only way to discern race or ethnicity.