All the Rage: The Boondocks Past and Present

ISBN: 0307352668
ISBN 13: 9780307352668
By: Aaron McGruder

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Here are the latest, greatest, and last of the daily and Sunday strips; banned comics that have never been seen before, with Aaron McGruder’s commentary on them; and interviews and profiles of the man behind the rage. All the Rage is a must for any true Boondocks fan.

Reader's Thoughts


Fun little treasury. It's great to see the history of the strips that caused the most fuss


My first experience with the Boondocks. I'm going back for more.


"It's not always easy being hated on." In the politically charged atmosphere that is post-9/11 America, cartoonist Aaron McGruder summarizes, with that line, the experiences of anyone courageous enough to take a strong political stand nowadays. The first half of "All The Rage" contains most of the final "Boondocks" comic strips before McGruder discontinued the daily series in favor of converting it to animation for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Issues of politics, current events and race are dealt with strongly and humorously through the experiences of Huey, Riley and Grandad Freeman, who have moved from the south side of Chicago to the recently desegregated suburban community of Woodcrest. The second half of "Rage" shows transcripts of interviews with, and articles about, McGruder through the seven years he worked on the "Boondocks" strip, as well as never-seen-before cartoons altered or censored for their controversy. The famous (or infamous?) series, drawn less than a month after 9/11, depicting Huey phoning the FBI Terrorist Hotline with information on those who financed Bin Laden in the past ("OK, the first one is 'Reagan.' That's R-E-A-...hello? HELLO?") is shown in its entirety. Funny stuff, but not for the easily offended.

Josephus FromPlacitas

A decent collection, although there's a long middle section composed entirely of news articles about the man and his strip. Kinda dull, kind of egocentric, I didn't finish all of them. Bad packrat.It's funny how different the strip looked between the time he hand-drew them and when he switched to drawing with a computer. And then at some point after that he hired an illustrator to do it, but I can't tell the difference. It kind of lost some life once he switched to a computer, although the early strips (like all early strips) did have a rough, unpolished quality. It's especially funny because the TV show looks so good and it's clear an asston of effort went into the art. In the later strips it just seems like incidental pictures illustrating a verbal joke, drawn with the least effort manageable. Not that I could produce a daily strip.

RK Byers

too many interviews.

Jnfr Fuller

One of my students gave me this collection as a birthday gift this month and it is just awesome!!! He told me he was at the store with his dad and he knew this was what he should get for me (I have some strips up in my classroom) but his dad expressed trepidation... my student stayed the course and it has been good times. The satisfaction one can have from taking in a single strip is worth it. This collection includes some banned or censored strips and interviews with McGruder. I am happy to load to anyone in town.


This collection is rather padded with lots of similar interviews, the comic strips are pure gold. I loved McGruder's take on McDonald's hip hop-influenced "rebranding" strategy.


You know, I didn't really need the book, because I have his others (and apparently all of the banned strips), but I'm still glad I got it for a present (thanks Kim!). While it was a bit tedious, I enjoyed the media section because I hadn't seen most of the interviews before and, as a seasoned journalist who left MSM about 13 years ago, I sometimes get a kick out of seeing how the MSM deals with a guy that they simply just don't get (like Mike Wallace interviewing Ricky Williams). The money strip was the final one, which I not only hadn't seen before--that made it all worthwhile.




This a a great collection of strips from one of the boldest, most outspoken voices on the left. In the early to mid 00s (what, exactly, are we calling the first 10 years of this century?) when almost everyone in the political mainstream--not just Republicans but even Democrats--was beating the drum for the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, Aaron McGruder was one of the few who forcefully and often brazenly questioned America's foreign policy.McGruder criticized--I think quite appropriately---not only the merits of the two wars but also the policies of the Bush Administration and the simplistic, childish notion that the terrorists "hate us for our freedoms" and were pure evil. McGruder recognized that the reasons for the terrorist attacks were far more complicated than our political leaders were willing to admit, and despite this fact being fairly obvious to anyone not blinded by delusions (usually, self-delusions) that America is the greatest nation in the world and the savior of the world, almost no one in the media was willing to even discuss whether anything America did was even slightly questionable, but McGruder was willing to venture down that path.And McGruder did all of this on the comics page in his magnificent Boondocks strip. Many times, many papers pulled McGruder's strips because of the controversy that the strips engendered, but McGruder did not back down. His protagonist, Huey, although just a pre-adolescent kid living in the suburbs, spoke for many of us on the left who felt that no one was questioning America's ridiculous wars abroad and restrictions of freedoms at home.This collection showcases not only the most controversial Boondocks strips but also some original strips that either were changed or never run because of their content. Additionally, there are a number of excerpts from interviews with McGruder.If you enjoy sharp, biting political and cultural satire and you still enjoy reading the comics page, you should really check out this collection of Boondocks strips.


i'm glad there's the boondocks. there should be more comics like this.


Typical Boondocks fare here. I really miss this strip. The funny thing is that political cartoons in most magazines/newspapers were much worse. Unfortunately, media sources decided to make this syndicated comicstrip the posterchild of what's wrong with the world. Sad...But overall a great book!


Well I do have to admit that the whole 'banned strips' section at the back was a bit of a letdown, with mostly nothing you haven't seen before. Clearly a publisher's gimmick to make people buy the book. But here's the thing, Andrews McMeel: why bother? Aaron McGruder is a genius ( Birth of a Nation notwithstanding) and he doesn't need your bullshit trickery to make people buy anything his beautiful hands have touched. The other thing is that, by putting all the interviews and articles one right after the other like this, you kind of start to hate the interviewers a little, because you see that everyone asks the same goddamn questions. Hello? Originality maybe? We all know how and why he's angry, we've heard about the scandal with the post-September 11th strips, and we're tired of hearing him obfuscate and hedge about all the fallen-through TV deals that preceded The Boondocks being picked up by Adult Swim. Anything else please? Like who were his influences and what his friends are like and what kind of socks he wears and whether he will go on a date with me perhaps? (Obvs I'm not a journalist either, but still.)Anyway, no matter. Clearly why don't you have this book in your bathroom yet? It's amazing.**************************************************************Ok, this is totally not me cheating on Pynchon — I am still firmly ensconced in Against the Day — but sometimes a girl needs a break, you know? And ok, though I was kinda sorta trying to deny it, I have to admit that I have a really serious crush on Aaron McGruder. In addition to tons and tons of strips, All the Rage has a collection of interviews, articles, and other stuff by and about Aaron, and he is just as articulate, furious, passionate, and humble as you would hope. Apparently the last section of the book is all the strips that were banned (or got the strip canceled) from various newspapers, but I read books from start to finish and haven't gotten there yet. Holy crap The Boondocks is fucking great.


So far, so good. Part 1 is comprised of comics with a lot of the controversial matter that THE BOONDOCKS has been noted for by many out there, and on certain pages, there are quotes that either laud or condemn the cartoonist for his comic and whatever he wrote about with it.


Must read for any Boondocks/Aaron McGruder fan. Loved seeing the strips that were edited or never run and reading his take on them.

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