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Posted: 29540.3 hours ago
The Boondocks by Aaron McGruder “The Boondocks was a daily syndicated comic strip written and originally drawn by Aaron McGruder that ran from 1996 to 2006. Created by McGruder in 1996 for, an early online music website, it was printed in the monthly hip hop magazine The Source in 1997. As it gained popularity, the comic strip was picked up by the Universal Press Syndicate and made its national debut on April 19, 1999… The strip depicts Huey Freeman and his younger brother Riley, two young children who have been moved out of the South Side of Chicago with their grandfather Robert to live with him in the predominantly white fictional suburb of Woodcrest (in Maryland, as seen from the area code stated in the March 16, 2000 strip). This relates to McGruder’s childhood move from Chicago to Columbia, a diverse Maryland suburb. The title word “boondocks” alludes to the isolation from primarily African-American urban life that the characters feel, and permits McGruder some philosophical distance. Huey is a politically perceptive devotee of black radical ideas of the past few decades (as explained in the May 4, 1999, strip, Huey is in fact named after Black Panther Huey P. Newton) and is harshly critical of many aspects of modern black culture. For example, he is at least as hard on Vivica Fox and Cuba Gooding, Jr. at times as he is on the Bush administration. Riley, on the other hand, is enamored of gangsta rap culture and the “thug”/bling-bling lifestyle. Their grandfather Robert is a firm disciplinarian, World War II veteran, and former Civil rights activist who is offended by both their values and ideas… The Boondocks was very political and occasionally subject to great controversy, usually sparked by the comments and behavior of its main character, Huey. The comic strip has been withheld by newspapers several times. In this respect, it is similar to Doonesbury. In particular, the principal characters often discussed racial and American socio-economic class issues. Because of its controversy and serious subject matter, many newspaper publishers either moved the strip to the op-ed section of the paper, pulled more potentially controversial strips from being published, didn’t publish the strip at all, or canceled it altogether. Similar reactions have been faced by other strips, such as Doonesbury.“ (X) Get it now here [ Follow SuperheroesInColor on facebook / twitter / tumblr ]
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Posted: 28871.8 hours ago
#Inktober 26 🐸 My foul mouth is gonna get me into trouble one day. It’s november now (so late)! Only 5 drawings to go 👍
Posted: 29086.8 hours ago
ARTISTS against POLICE BRUTALITY (APB), my new anthology co-edited by Bill Campbell and John Jennings, comes out this Monday from Rosarium Publishing. All proceeds from the book go towards The Innocence Project. This book was born out of anger on the evening of December 3rd, 2014, when a Grand Jury opted not to indict Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner, and after talking about how we would do such a book, we opened submissions on December 15th, 2014. We compiled over 50 comics, cartoons, pin-ups, essays, and short stories from over 60 creators and, on 9/11/2015 (10 months later), the book went to print. I’d like to talk about five pages from the book. The first two pages (which are the first two pages of the book), make up a two-page pin-up by the amazing Ashley A. Woods. Titled “Family Portrait,” this piece shows 12 victims of recent (at the time) police violence: John Crawford, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Carry Ball Jr., Amadou Diallo, Tanisha Anderson, Miriam Carey, Yvette Smith, Rekia Boyd, and Aiyana Stanley-Jones. Woods’s piece, which was one of the first pieces we received, knocked us right out with its simple yet powerful approach to saying names and remembering the deceased. Over the ten months we spent compiling this collection, we saw more and more reports of police violence and increasing tensions between communities. #blacklivesmatter was hijacked by #bluelivesmatter and #alllivesmatter, the conversation we were supposed to be having was turning into a group of people thumbing their nose at the issues while kids were getting beat at a pool party in McKinney, Texas. While Freddie Gray’s back was being broken in Baltimore. While Sandra Bland was dying in a jail cell in Waller County, Texas. So that brings me to the next three pages I want to talk about. When the book was finished, I told Bill Campbell I had three pages left. “Don’t put ads in it,” he said, “This isn’t the right book for that.” He gave me carte blanche, so I put together three pages that I felt closed the book out in a way that Woods’s piece opened it. By saying names. 881 names, to be exact. The 881 people killed by police between the time we opened submissions and the the time we went to print. 881 people in ten months. I hope you think about picking up a copy of APB. Whether you buy your own or get it at the library. The anthology is meant to highlight the issues. To move the conversation along. To say names. And, remember, all proceeds benefit The Innocence Project. We felt, from the start, that no profit should be made on this book. It should be used as a weapon of improvement, from the contents to the profits. Thanks for listening. Jason Rodriguez APB will be available at local booksellers and libraries, and online at Amazon.
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