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


I love this novel. I've read it twice & wrote about it in a college setting, which wasn't easy - trust me, but the fact that I was willing to put my college education on the line to broaden my professor's thoughts on literature should be enough to persuade you to pick up this graphic novel & learn something!


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


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!


I think this book was a very educational and comedic book I have read besides Diary of a Wimpy Kid


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.


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.

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.


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


The final year of strips collected, followed by various and sundry interviews, articles, tv appearance transcripts, etc. with Aaron McGruder, then a selection of "controversial" strips that were pulled from some newspapers, along with his commentary on them, and finally, a few "Fox Trot" strips reacting to his announcement of hiatus.

Joseph Young

It's very clever. It's a comic which tackles material no one else wants to touch. However, like Chapelle's Show, I can only handle so much of it at a time.


If you didn't read The Boondocks when it was in the papers, do yourself a favor and get caught up. This particular book helps frame how controversial the comic was--a huge sampling of daily strips, reprinted interviews, and historical/social context for some of the biggest instances of censorship. There are lots of pop culture references that feel dated only 10 years out, which could be problematic for younger readers to gain access; for them I'd recommend some of the other collections before picking at the big battles with this one.


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

John Lamberth

Okay, so I had never really read Boondocks before. I had people recommend it to me, but I wasn't really sure I was the right audience. I picked this one up after glancing at it and read most of it. It's actually funny! It's pretty fair with criticism and mocking of everybody (although it does lean left in politics). I'm definitely going to check out the other books and the cartoon.I only gave it three stars for two reasons:1) I would have liked more author commentary on the strips presented (since they were so "controversial"). 2) I lost interest in the middle section which is a whole bunch of transcripts of McGruder being interviewed by various media outlets. They became really repetitive and I honestly didn't finish that section.All in all, very fun read though.

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.

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