Day 2 – Fave Graphic Novel/Comic: Ok who doesn’t love The Boondocks?! I love this comic for it’s laugh out loud humor and it’s pertinent social commentary. The Boondocks explores the world through the eyes of two African-American brothers from the inner city of Chicago that are living with their grand-father in quiet suburb. I started reading A Right to Be Hostile on Sunday and hope to have it finished at some point this month. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading The Boondocks I recommend this one and another one of my favorites The Boondocks:Public Enemy #2.
“Here’s the first big book of The Boondocks, more than four years and 800 strips of one of the most influential, controversial, and scathingly funny comics ever to run in a daily newspaper.”
“With bodacious wit, in just a few panels, each day Aaron serves up—and sends up—life in America through the eyes of two African-American kids who are full of attitude, intelligence, and rebellion. Each time I read the strip, I laugh—and I wonder how long The Boondocks can get away with the things it says. And how on earth can the most truthful thing in the newspaper be the comics?”
—From the foreword by Michael Moore (back cover of A Right to Be Hostile)
Aaron McGruder, Chicago born, started The Boondocks as a comic strip on an online music site called Hitlist.com. McGruder is a jack of all trades since he is a cartoonist, writer, and producer. He was also involved with screenwriting for the movie Red Tails, which covers the story of the prestigious Tuskegee Airmen during World War II, executive produced by George Lucas. McGruder is also known for his frankness, his leftist views, and controversial statements made about BET (Black Entertainment Television) and attacks on black conservatives. He often invited to speak on cultural and political issues.
My copy: A Right to Be Hostile, paperback – 256 pages
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