Thursday, May 1, 2014

The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder

The Boondocks

A political and social commentary comic about a young black boy and his family and friends in a middle class white suburb. Huey Freeman is intelligent and radically minded. His brother Riley is heavily influenced by gangsta rap and thug culture. Their grandfather was a Civil Rights activist and disagrees with both brothers' opinions on almost everything. The characters clash over and discuss current events in politics and the media. Huey hosts the "Most Embarrassing Black People Awards" each year, needles the naive biracial girl next door, and talks back to racism as it appears in the media.

Appeal: Liberal politics, black representation, satire, children in surreal situations, adults.

Art: Manga-influenced, the style changed slightly in 2003 when another artist took over drawing duty from the writer, Aaron McGruder.

Textual style: High-level vocabulary, heavily tied to current events, awash in irony and sarcasm. 

Other: The comic strip was adapted as an animated television show in 2005, and has aired four seasons to date. 

Awards: The animated adaptation won a Peabody Award in 2006.

McGruder, Aaron. Public Enemy #2: An All-new Boondocks Collection. New York : Three Rivers Press, 2005. Print.

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