Like the fact is that nobody’s objecting to comic strip characters being drawn on-model. The character models for “the Boondocks” comic strip were so consistent that you could call up Aaron McGruder tomorrow and say “if you make new Boondocks Comics, you’re not allowed to draw anything new, you can only copy-paste heads, bodies, and backgrounds that have previously appeared in your comic” and he could probably come up with years of great comics without anybody noticing, because the art is still good and the jokes are still funny, and the ugly Tumblr Relatable 2013 Comix by Adam Buzzfeed can’t make either claim. It’s not just that all of his comics might as well have been made in his own personal bitmoji knockoff, or that he re-uses comics and tries to pass them off as something new. The art looks bad and the words aren’t funny, even if he painstakingly hand-drew every panel and varied the face, body, angling, and positioning of his characters he would still deserve every word of mockery directed at his tired, hackneyed comics
As a young black kid who was a lifelong fan of cartoons, I learned early on that there was a pink elephant in the room that the large majority of the cartoons I watched. I never complained, but I couldn’t help but notice a dearth of characters that….looked like me. I would see the occasional black supporting character (Susie Carmichael) or black best friend (Gerald Johanssen), but cartoons with a focus on black protagonists or black families were novel. At the top of my head, the black cartoons I can remember from my childhood are The Proud Family, the short-lived C Bear and Jamal (don’t ask me how I remembered this!), the shorter-lived Waynehead (which I had never heard of until college), Bebe’s Kids (which I was too young to catch in theaters at the time), and Hammerman (which is one of the worst cartoons of all time so who cares).
For those who don’t know the final season of the Boondocks ended last night and now that things have wrapped up it’s time to weigh in and share some thoughts on it. (Warning this will contain spoilers)
1st Panel Huey Freeman: Ahem… In this time of war against Osama Bin Laden and the oppressive taliban regime…
2nd Panel Huey Freeman: We are thankful that OUR leader isn’t the spoiled son of a powerful politician from a wealthy oil family who is supported by religious fundamentalists, operates through clandestine organizations, has no respect for the democratic electoral process, bombs innocents, and uses war to deny people their civil liberties. Amen.
Robert Freeman: This is the last time you say grace, boy.
Aaron McGruder did not give a single f**k during the Bush era!