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Product Details

  • Series: Boondocks
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press; First Edition edition (October 30, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307352668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307352668
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 4.2 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #67,670 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.)
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About the Author

AARON MCGRUDER is the creator of The Boondocks, a nationally syndicated comic strip, which appeared daily in more than 350 newspapers around the country. Now a smash hit as a Peabody Award–winning animated series on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim, the second season of The Boondocks promises even more controversial events. Aaron is the author of the bestselling A Right to be Hostile, Public Enemy #2, and Birth of a Nation. He lives in Los Angeles and has been banned from more newspapers than you’ve ever read.

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Hilarious and thought-provoking!!!
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My husband loved it, that he read it in two days and has requested more Boondocks books.
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This book is definitely the best out of all the previous collections of strips.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Kim on October 30, 2007
Format: Paperback
I have been awaiting the release of this book for what seems like forever, it is SOOOOO amazing! This book is definitely the best out of all the previous collections of strips. The book has a bunch of interviews with McGruder & articles about the strip. As well as banned & censored strips, uncensored & reasons why they where censored. This collection is VERY substantial, 267 pages with little blurbs (both good & bad) in between strips from mostly newspapers as well some of the people McGruder disses, Larry Elder, Al Sharpton & the like. The book is divided into 3 parts...

Part 1: The Strips 12/04 - 12/05

Part 2: Media (interviews & articles about the strip & McGruder) 7/99 - 7/06

Part 3: The Controversy 5/99 - 3/06 (uncensored strips before & after, comments about which newspapers didn't run which strips, why people where offended, a really Great comment about the Washington Post "Now that I am safely retired from the print world, I'd like to say that the Washington Post were some real b****s on this one" about a Condi strip)

I have to admit when I read that previous comment about the Post, I was ever so sad, I still have even the tiniest of hopes the strip will return someday. I mean the show is fine, but the strip was so timely, which you can't get from a cartoon, that has to be created months & months ahead of its airdate. The only episode that was just as great as the strip was the MLK episode. If Aaron McGruder happens to ever see this, I am begging you, PLEASE BRING THE STRIP BACK! I HAVE NO REASON TO WAKE UP IN THE MORNING WITHOUT IT! I obviously miss it terribly, but this book does make me feel all warm & fuzzy, Thanks, Aaron!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. Converse on February 23, 2008
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For any fan of Aaron McGruder or his 'Boondocks' series, this book should be at the top of your list. I've bought two copies for my daughters and need to buy one to keep for myself.
Not only are the drawings great, but McGruder's comments are invaluable in painting a good picture of the current political climate, especially the ways in which Freedom of
Speech rights are being violated and squelched. Please read this book (and his others) and save it to pass along to your descendants.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Yamil Narvaez on November 17, 2007
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If you have never read a Boondocks book this is the perfect jumping on point. It has a lot of new strips that the first season of the hit show was based on and it also has a lot of the old strips that started the controversy. I love that McGruder isn't afraid to call out our "Leadership" in Washington and voicing his opinion. He will make you think about several issues from racism, the war on "Terror", G.W. Bush, and so many more!! Great read and it has some interviews with McGruder that offer some some insight into his state of mind. Definite Buy!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kashana Blunt on April 17, 2009
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I love the Boondocks. This book was perfect. It goes through all of the best comic strips that have been published over the years. Aaron Mcgruder tells his political views about the way America is the way most Black and other minorities see it. For those of you who don't see want to see America for what is and want to continue to live in this fairy tale where everybody is equal and there is no black or white, then this may not be the book for you and may I suggest you pick up the Wizard of Oz instead.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on March 3, 2008
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All the Rage: The Boondocks Past and Present is more than just the latest collection of the politically charged, African-American culture-centric newspaper comic strip - it also gathers a massive assortment of interviews with comic creator, writer and cartoonist Aaron McGruder, and even prints some of the most controversial strips for the first time. Young, unsmiling radical leftist Huey gives his cynical take on everything from McDonald's ridiculous attempts to emulate hiphop culture to high-level political hypocrisy, while his gangsta-wannabe little brother Riley represents the aspect of modern rap culture that is blindly obsessed criminality: "Man, I'd never steal music off the internet... it's easier to just steal it from the store." No cow is too sacred in All the Rage; there are jabs galore for the more questionable aspects of black and white culture alike. The interviews reveal a passionate side to McGruder, embedded in his desire to do more than make his readers laugh; he also wants to make them think, and in that All the Rage is a resounding success. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mychal D. Smith on January 17, 2008
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...is all the interviews and articles and other press on Aaron McGruder that's tacked on the end. The comic is great, but the interviews and such give you a real good understanding of where Aaron's head was at at the time of writing the strip. It's really valuable insight for his diehard fans

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Geer on January 19, 2009
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My husband loved it, that he read it in two days and has requested more Boondocks books. I read some of it and it had me in stitches. It was written very well. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys The Boondocks in the paper or on TV. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JNM on September 15, 2008
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This is a compilation, like the previous works by Mr. Magruder, but it retains its vitality and insight. Although his work continues to show a liberal bias, he doesn't hesitate to point out the fallacies and misrepresentations of all sides in the political and social arenas. Worth buying, reading, and keeping.
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