Aaron McGruder

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Aaron McGruder is a multiracial cartoonist most famous for his animated series, The Boondocks. He is a very leftwing Obama voter with a degree in African American Studies. But that doesn’t mean he shies away from criticizing the African American community, its leaders, or the Democratic party.  [Read more…]

 ?  Part of this wiki because he is pro free speech and fearlessly challenges race relations in the USA from BOTH perspectives.


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Leaked emails provide more light on the fight over the final season of The Boondocks.

Since the mid-'90s discontinuation of The Far Side, Outland, and Calvin And Hobbes (themselves holdovers from the '80s), the world of comic strips has seemed pretty dull. One person changing that is Aaron McGruder, whose strip The Boondocks made its debut last spring in more than 150 papers, a nearly unprecedented number for a launch. Set in the suburbs, The Boondocks follows the lives of several children, primarily two brothers transplanted from South Chicago to live with their grandfather. One, Huey Freeman, is a deeply opinionated Afrocentrist; the other, Riley "Escobar" Freeman, is a posturing would-be gangsta. From his strip's debut in daily papers, McGruder?whose work had previously appeared in The Source and the college paper of his alma mater, the University of Maryland?already seemed to have hit his stride, finding the right combination of winning characters, effective gags, and storylines that didn't shy away from racial issues and other political material. This latter facet served as the initial focus of most of the attention directed at The Boondocks (it landed the strip on some papers' editorial pages), but McGruder hopes, and The Boondocks' continued quality suggests, that audiences will find more to like. So far, McGruder has taken on everything from the identity problems of biracial children to his disappointment in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, to the hot button issue of lawn-mowing. Currently developing an animated version of The Boondocks with director Reginald Hudlin in addition to turning out his strip, McGruder recently took some time to talk to The Onion.

I chatted with the creator of 'The Boondocks' about black self-hatred, post-Obama race relations, and why Herman Cain is the real-life Uncle Ruckus.

The Boondocks artist and writer Aaron McGruder doesn't shy away from controversy. The main characters in his comic strip, two African-American boys, have plenty to say about the Patriot Act, BET, racists -- even bad rappers.

In the sleepy, tranquil nursing home that is the daily comics page, Aaron McGruder's The Boondocks is a scowling B-boy with a boombox blaring Public Enemy. McGruder's strip, about two angry black kids who move into their granddad's suburban home, has always divided readers. But after the Sept. 11 attacks, some of the strip's strongest criticism came from fans who accused McGruder of abandoning the thematic and visual sophistication of the strip's early days and turning it into a crude soapbox on which to fire direct shots at the Bush administration. Admirers, meanwhile, hailed McGruder's more confrontational direction, praising it as a vital source of dissent that brought urgency back to comic strips.

Gary Younge: How did a young African-American manage to sell a pro-black-power, leftwing cartoon strip to more than 300 newspapers - and a cable channel to boot? Gary Younge meets Aaron McGruder, creator of the Boondocks.

Why do editors keep throwing ?The Boondocks? off the funnies page?
On January 30, the creator of The Boondocks, Aaron McGruder, began seeking $200,000 through Kickstarter to fund his Uncle Ruckus movie. As one of the more controversial figures from The Boondocks, Uncle Ruckus ? an African-American ? has a narrative?

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