Aaron McGruder's hilariously offensive comic strip has never been afraid to tell it like it is. Now Huey, Riley and Granddad have their own hit animated series on the Cartoon Network's Adult Swim, the masses are praising McGruder's precocious preteens and their brilliant politically and racially charged humour. Also available are Public Enemy # 2, Birth of a Nation and A Right To Be Hostile.
"When McGruder adapted Boondocks, his syndicated comic strip about two urban black youngsters sent to live with their grandfather in a mostly white suburb, for an animated TV series, little did fans know it signaled the end of its print incarnation in early 2006. In addition to the final strips, this valedictory volume features 17 articles and interviews from sources ranging from CBS News and the Washington Post to Tavis Smiley's talk show. A final section reprints the most controversial and most frequently censored episodes from Boondocks' seven-year print run, augmented by McGruder's behind-the-scenes annotations and some never-before-seen, rejected strips. But the meat of the volume is the section reprinting the strip's last year. McGruder's willingness nay, eagerness to tackle such matters as the Iraq War, black self-hatred, and Oprah, and to do it hilariously, drives home how sorely missed Boondocks has been since McGruder's questionable career move. Nothing that remains on the notoriously conservative and increasingly irrelevant comics pages approaches Boondocks' caustic political humor and unerring satiric eye.--Flagg, Gordon Copyright 2007 Booklist"
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
"Since it started national syndication in 1999, McGruder's comic strip has been famous for its sharp satiric perspective on African-American culture. The strip ended in 2006, following its debut as an animated series on Comedy Central's Adult Swim. This new collection serves as a farewell to the series' comics incarnation and takes a very unusual form. The first section of the book collects characteristically witty Boondocks strips from 2003 through 2005 on topics ranging from Iraq and Hurricane Katrina to the frustrations of computer help lines and the inanity of newly concocted slang. Part II, "The Media," consists primarily of interviews with McGruder from newspapers, magazines and television. These allow McGruder to express his political opinions more openly and point to various controversies that the strip aroused. This leads to Part III, "The Controversy," which reprints many of the strips from 1999 onward that various newspaper editors refused to run. What is especially striking is the outrage over McGruder's early criticism of the Bush administration's response to the 9/11 attacks. Hence this book is not only a retrospective of this decade's most impressive comic strips, but also a sharp reminder of shifting public opinion. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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