A Right to Be Hostile: The Boondocks Treasury

ISBN: 1400048575
ISBN 13: 9781400048571
By: Aaron McGruder Michael Moore

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I have man-love for Huey, and I'm not afraid to admit it.

Ryan Mishap

The Boondocks daily comics are mostly awesome and this collects a chunk of them. You should check this out just for the brilliant comics done after 9/11/2001: Flagee and Ribbon put a new satirical twist on unquestioning patriotism and Huey calls the CIA to tell them he knows from whom bin Laden got his start, “R-E-A-G-A-N.” The strip started off with two brothers moving with their grandpa to the white suburbs. Recommended.


Bought this and fell in love! My son always asks me when he sees my hubby and I watching the cartoon- "why that boy says bad words?" LOL!


The part where the neighbor and his wife argue over voting for Nader... Classic.


Way more than just a cartoon strip. Aaron McGruder (literally) draws a portrait of how Black America might be perceived both by its members and by those who never have and never will experience life as an African-American. These strips are hilarious and thought-provoking. They made me reconsider the perceptions I have of how race plays into every aspect of American society and especially the danger of taking related images in the media for granted.


Oh man, how much do I love this. It's funny because I began reading it long ago, as something to get me through the Bush era, war on Iraq, etc. And then I just picked it up to finish it, which became a trip down memory lane. Bringing me back to how the Boondocks was such a ray of hope during such a dark time! What great characters, engaging in the fight for justice while being able to find the humor in taking themselves too seriously. Three cheers for Aaron McGruder!

Michael Borshuk

A quick reread for this semester's graduate class. McGruder's strips from 1999-2002 still feel fresh to me in many ways, even if at times I feel like his satire is so free-floating as not to have an explicit social corrective in mind. Fun stuff, in any case.


One of two collections of the daily Boondocks strip produced by Aaron McGruder.It features two young black brothers living with their grandpa after the death of their parents. He moves out to a predominately white city with their inheritance. The book centers around political and racial tensions/relations and is completely anti-conservative (with most of the attacks directed at Bush).It's a shame his daily strip was abandoned for his cartoon which is late with its second season.


I want to marry Huey, even though he's ten, male, a cartoon, and hates white people.I miss Boondocks


I love this strip but as it starts to fade into the past it is becoming dated. It ended way too soon. I want to know what Huey would think of Obama.

Harold Spencer, Jr.

This is a damn good book from McGruder. I love his perspective on politics, culture, and comedy.


Many of the cultural and political references are now dated, so it would take a lot for a teen today to access most of these strips. But Huey is just so damn revolutionary, and Riley is this unknowing cog in the black culture wheel... so much value here, so much satire. I was a fan of McGruder from day 1, and his jabs at racial and economic injustices hold lots of weight today. I would definitely hand this to the kid who is developing a critical consciousness, and some strips are perfect for starting discussion. The strips are a gazillion times better than the show, IMO--but maybe that's because the background noises (Grandad whupping Riley, the drunken slurring of Ruckus) and the incessant use of the n-word make me uncomfortable (as a white woman). Even though it's still raunchy and punchy and outrageously anti-racist, it's much tamer than the cartoon on Adult Swim.


Wonderful comic collection. If you haven't started enjoying the daily Boondocks comic strip yet, go check it out.


I love this show and I love this strip even more. I could only hope to have kids this intelligent.


I miss the great newspaper comics. I know I still have access to them in multiple forms, but there is something about the daily ritual of reading a few panels with something to say. McGruder counts Breathed, Watterson, and Trudeau among his heroes, and I contend that he stands alongside them with the Boondocks. Huey Freeman is my soulmate.

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