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Well, now that outgoing email is working again here, I found an
interesting feature article on The Boondocks from the New Yorker hidden
on Romenesko's Media News. It was titled as "Ex NYTer Blair was the
first person to run 'The Boondocks'", which probably led most non-media
people who for whatever reason stumbled onto Media News to blot the link
out. Blair comes in for his appearance around paragraph 20 in a very
long feature about the McGruder's mission to make The Boondocks into a
multimedia extravaganza, which also goes long to explaining how the
strip nosedived in quality. Granted, I still like the strip... but I
read it probably once a month. Anyway, even with his focus largely on
the TV Show, and giving the artistic reins to someone else, he's working
himself ragged.

The article at http://newyorker.com/fact/content/?040419fa_fact2 is
linked to in the ticker... there is a bit of talk about his pilot for
Fox, which includes a character who could either turn out to be a
brilliant archetype, or a frightening stereotype gone wrong...

> Among the new characters that McGruder and Hudlin plan to introduce is
> a neighborhood handyman called Uncle Ruckus—“just the worst, most
> bitter, angriest motherfucker you could imagine,” as McGruder sees
> him—who will serve as the town bus driver, the school janitor, the
> local gardener, the babysitter, the massage therapist. “Everywhere you
> look, he’s there,” McGruder said, almost giddily. “This guy just loves
> all the little white children in the neighborhood”—Uncle Ruckus is
> black—“and he’s basically straight out of the eighteenth century. I
> mean, he is a slave.” Uncle Ruckus brings a new, fully realized
> archetype to the varieties of haters in McGruder’s universe; he is
> “the world’s most self-hating black man.”

Good luck, McGruder...
* Sterling via email -- resending a post he wrote to TVBarn2 to his LJ. Yep, I'm that lazy today!


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Apr. 12th, 2004 06:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Boondocks isn't what it used to be, but it's still more interesting than most of the stuff in the WaPo comic section. But as with pretty much every American daily paper, that's because it's chock full of stuff that's been around since about the Cro-Magnon era, or maybe the fifth day of Creation, depending on your belief system.

Comic strips need term limits even more than op-ed columnists do. You can't even kill 'em when the author dies, darnitall. Schulz dies, MacNelly kicks off, and it still doesn't open up any room on the comics page.
Apr. 12th, 2004 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that's the sad thing...
I didn't mention it (I just changed the address of the email to @post.livejournal.com) but since I stopped reading the Boondocks, I stopped reading the Post comics page alltogether. And at 3 pages, they are the best funny pages I've seen. Maybe if I ever 'got' Zippy the Pinhead, I'd read again. There's a million comics out there but the selection in the Post manages to rival the stock pages as best way to make me fall asleep.

Though you must admit B.C. is very interactive. After getting flack for the ...

strip, which looked very much to be an attack on Islam,
Hart wrote all of his 'sound effects' in a single I column, as to say I do this all the time!
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