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Boondocks: Because I Know You Don't Read The Newspaper Paperback – August 1, 2000
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It's refreshing to see hip-hop treated with the respect it deserves by someone who clearly loves the culture. The discussions about race and politics are honest and thought- provoking. Plus, like the best Calvin and Hobbes strips, Boondocks is just downright funny.
I have to admit that I had no idea that Mr. McGruder's strip had caused such an uproar. After reading the book I hit up the website and was treated to a very telling display of all the hate mail and negativity that has been spewed by numerous people. It's not surprising. One thing that I've come to realize is that a lot of people have a very low tolerance and understanding of social satire. That's why people don't "get" movies like "Fight Club" and bad mouth the current Spike Lee Joint "Bamboozled". And since Boondocks is social satire at its finest it will be doomed to misunderstanding and attack by people who don't "get it" and read more into it than they should. Populated by characters like Huey Freeman, a conspiricy theorizing revolutionary and Reily, his foul-mouthed, bling-blinging little brother, Boondocks is not your typical Sunday paper comic strip.Read more ›
As an aside, besides Huey (the main character and "radical scholar"), my favorite character is Jazmine. As a girl who also struggles with being biracial occasionally, I think she does a wonderful job of representing this aspect of race in America. Aaron (the artist behind the Boondocks) handles a potentially volatile topic with consistant clarity and beauty. Check out Boondocks.net and look at the 7/23/00 comic (under the "Strips" link) to see what I'm talking about. If your reading this Aaron (maybe?), Thank you from the heart.
1. New Perspectives: Boondocks is almost always dealing with the issues of the day, which makes it fresh. It is also from a mostly black perspective, as so few comic strips are or ever have been.
2. More radical than Bloom County or anything I've ever seen in the papers.
3. No talking animals. At least none that I've seen.
None of this makes it better or worse than it's predocessors, but rather unique and refreshing. It's one of those strips that is very fun to look to each day for a radical, humorous perspective on what's being jammed down our throats by the media at the time.
The main character, Huey, acts as both the voice of the strip but a comical figure at the same time. There is a lot of wisdom in what he is saying and that gets across, but at the same time his personality and approach are constantly being poked fun at. Aaron McGruder seems to be indulging in healthy self-satire without making a mockery of his political views, and I assume that is quite tough.
All in all, if any strip deserves to be the next Calvin & Hobbes, this is it. Nevermind Dilbert - and put Garfield to sleep, already.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Product arrived in the condition described by the seller. Great copy, exactly what I was looking for. Thanks!Published 1 month ago by Betwixt_Twix
If you haven't read Boondocks... you SHOULD! And this is the book to take you back to the beginning. Like Doonsebury, Calvin, Dilbert, a 'One of a Kind' strip. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bob Vogel
I love Boondocks and this didn't disappoint in fact I like it better than the show and I wasn't expecting that.Published 15 months ago by Kindle Customer
McGruder is an absolute genius, a fresh voice in as many frames and sub genres as you can put him - not afraid to say what is on his mind regardless of the stake of his image,... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Garrett Zecker
There's nothing else out there that compares. Groundbreaking, creative and funny. Very sad that Mr McGruder couldn't have kept Boondocks world on Timid Deer Ln going like Dilbert's... Read morePublished 21 months ago by tieztoez
Aaron McGruder is a literal & comedic genius.... The Boondocks is definitely art imitating life (as well as life imitating art) depending on how you want to look at it. Read morePublished on July 21, 2014 by Fresh S-1
This book reads more like a graphic novel as opposed to a collection of comic strips. unlike the cartoon were the n word is used readily (does not appear in the strip) and crass... Read morePublished on April 26, 2014 by jason
Creative, humorous, intelligent and culturally relevant as a solution to the youth problems through the voice of Huey Newton. Magruder is a genius!Published on January 30, 2014 by Ellis O. Henderson