A Right to Be Hostile: The Boondocks Treasury

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

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Reader's Thoughts

Jason

Very good combination of light comedy and political insight(albeit a little outdated) that is good if you just need something to read while on public transportation or such.

Edward

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

Jenny

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!

Kevin

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.

Harold Spencer, Jr.

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

Tammy

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.

Peter

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

christopher

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.

Dave

i can't believe aaron mcgruder got away with publishing this strip in daily newspapers for so long. it wasn't just that its political content was alienating to huge chunks of the readership of centrist, mainstream print news. it wasn't just that the strip catered to a niche audience (be honest here - no matter how much _you_ like hip hop, your average newspaper reader has no idea who shyne or c-murder were, and had never actually listened to biggie, 2pac, or wu-tang). and even though the boondocks wasn't shy when it came to talking about race relations, even that isn't why i'm surprised so few newspapers dropped it. no, i'm amazed the boondocks ran until mr. mcgruder got tired of doing it every day because sooner or later, he made fun of pretty much everyone who could conceivably have been reading. and he wasn't gentle. read long enough, and he was going to go after you, personally. straight for the metaphorical jugular. it seemed like he was purposefully trying to piss off everyone who might possibly have any goodwill built up towards him. probably he managed it because the strips are fuckin' hilarious. since the boondocks have jumped to tv cartoon format on adult swim, it's changed in a lot of ways. he's got more time to build plots, and color and music to tell the story with. this is both an asset and a liability. more time to fill is less urgency to the pace of the jokes, and when the tv feeds you color and sound, you lose the opportunity to imagine your own. it's still funny, but i still miss the daily mouthful of the original. this collection is the next best thing, still wicked fun even if the topical jokes are more dated by the day.go remind yourself why your local paper put up with the boondocks until aaron mcgruder wouldn't put up with the local papers any more. if you missed it the first time around, keep an eye out for the strip that ran on thanksgiving 2001. that strip is a particularly sharp reminder why the best comedians are always angry - true comedy comes when something is so outrageous, the only sane way to deal with it is laugh.

James

Hilarious and biting. The local (Republican owned and operated) daily paper tried to cut this from their comic page and had to bring it back in response to popular demand. Some of the best social satire being done today.

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.

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.

Greg

Its the Boondocks without FCC regulations and restrictions...nor editorial cuts. RAW AND UNCUT. YES.

Andrew

Schultz with attitude. Laugh out loud funny. The animated cartoons are OK, but the strips are near perfect.

Mjhancock

This volume covers the first four years of the strip, from 1999 to 2003. And despite being nearly a decade old, it's still some of the hardest hitting, sharp political satire of contemporary politics that I've ever read. McGruder also tackles some American racial issues that you're probably not going to see dealt with in the same manner or degree anywhere else. It's very much a product of its times, responding primarily to Bush era politics, but it's still got a sense of political urgency to it.

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