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Click for more detail about Fresh For ’01… You Suckas: A Boondocks Collection by Aaron McGruder Fresh For ’01… You Suckas: A Boondocks Collection

by Aaron McGruder
Andrews McMeel Publishing (May 15, 2001)
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The Boondocks is a rich, multilayered comic strip that offers a frank yet often funny look at race in America. It starts with a simple premise: Two young boys, Riley and Huey, move from inner-city Chicago to live with their grandfather in the suburbs. The tension increases, however, because the two boys are African-Americans now compelled to adapt to a white suburban world. They must take all they’ve learned in the "hood" and apply it to life in the ’burbs. Superbly illustrated, The Boondocks has stirred controversy, attracted widespread media coverage, and won readers who’ve applauded McGruder’s unapologetic and humorous approach to race. In this second collection of Boondocks cartoons, readers can get another look at this innovative strip.

Click for more detail about Boondocks: Because I Know You Don’t Read The Newspaper by Aaron McGruder Boondocks: Because I Know You Don’t Read The Newspaper

by Aaron McGruder
Andrews McMeel Publishing (Aug 15, 2000)
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The Boondocks took the syndication world by storm. The notoriety landed Boondocks creator Aaron McGruder in publications ranging from Time magazine to People magazine which named him one of the "25 Most Intriguing People of ’99." Centered around the experiences of two young African-American boys, Huey and Riley, who move from inner-city Chicago to the suburbs (or the "boondocks" to them), the strip fuses hip-hop sensibilities with Japanese anime-style drawings and a candid discussion of race. In this first collection of Boondocks cartoons, you’ll discover the funny yet revealing combination of superb art and envelope-pushing content in one of the most unique strips ever.

The Boondocks information Excerpted from an interview of Aaron McGruder by Keith Phipps for The Onion

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.

Click for more detail about Jump Start by Robb Armstrong Jump Start

by Robb Armstrong
Andrews McMeel Publishing (Sep 01, 1997)
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""He does wonderful work. A strip needs good characters-and that’s what Jump Start has.""-Charles Schulz, creator of Peanuts Joe and Marcy Cobb are the quintessential young married couple complete with a baby, two busy careers, and eccentric parents. An eminently likable pair, Joe and Marcy juggle their relationship, their jobs-he’s a police officer, she’s a nurse-and raising their daughter, Sunny. Robb Armstrong’s characters are so popular that many readers of Jump Start tell him that they identify with the Cobbs. In fact, Jump Start features issues familiar to readers of all colors. From buying a home to volunteer work to handling the demands of parents and baby, Joe and Marcy manage life’s challenges with aplomb. ""Don’t say that word, Sunny!"" Joe intones, correcting their daughter’s newly discovered use of foul language. ""Bad, bad, bad, bad,"" corrects Marcy in agreement. In the next frame, however, Sunny’s trash-talking up a storm in church. ""Next time we won’t react so strongly,"" Joe says, embarrassed. ""It’s too late for next time,"" says Marcy, cringing in the pew. Still, Armstrong approaches many African-American-specific issues and does so in a decidedly humorous way, and he bases the strip on his own life. While discussing a movie they’ve heard everyone likes, Marcy tells Joe, ""It’s a shoo-in to get overlooked for an Oscar!"" To which Joe responds, ""That good, huh?"" Robb Armstrong offers a unique perspective that strikes a chord with audiences hungry for a positive, authentic portrayal of middle-class African-Americans. Jump Start’s humor crosses all lines because it’s just that: appealing, realistic, and downright funny!

Click for more detail about Where I’M Coming From by Barbara Brandon Where I’M Coming From

by Barbara Brandon
Andrews McMeel Publishing (Apr 10, 1993)
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This collection by the nationally syndicated cartoonist features such characters as Lekesia the activist, and man-dependent Sonya.

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