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All the Rage: The Boondocks Past and Present (The Boondocks #5)

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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.
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 30th 2007 by Three Rivers Press
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Jon Hewelt
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Content: Fantastic, as always. But with The Boondocks, what else is there to expect?

Format: Eh. Not ideal for the way I like to read.

Even with books that encourage you to flip around and read sections out of order, my preference is to read books in order from cover to cover. And these days, I tend to only read comic strip anthologies on my breaks at work, in 15-minute increments. That way, I don't as easily lose my place.

All the Rage is broken up into three sections: a collection of strips, a co
Oct 10, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: uh... everyone?

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
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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 onl
Aug 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
"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 dea ...more
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
All the Rage stands out from other Boondocks books by featuring not only McGruder's superb comics, but transcripts of interviews with McGruder, and an entire section of Boondocks panels that were pulled from various papers - along with the given reasons why.

I enjoyed reading the comics and loved getting the inside scoop on which panels were puled from which papers, and why. I also found the interviews to be revealing. McGruder had a number of things to say, and not surprisingly some of it was q
Jun 19, 2008 rated it liked it
This book is huge and includes (as the back cover says), "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."

Part II ("The Media") got a little tedious and took me the longest to read. At first, it was really cool to learn McGruder's thoughts about things, often in his own words, but after the third time of reading the same information, I w
Josephus FromPlacitas
Aug 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
John Lamberth
Aug 04, 2012 rated it liked it
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 (sin
Michael Finocchiaro
The Boondocks is a brilliant comic series by Aaron McGruder which examines rap culture and the 21st C black america from the perspective of his protagonist who has been transplanted from NYC to the white burbs with his grandfather. Beautifully drawn and at times hilarious and others both maddening with truths about inherent racism and injustice, it is a critical read - particularly now that with the election of Drumpf, the racists have all come out of hiding and are wearing their racism on their ...more
Jnfr Fuller
Apr 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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 loa ...more
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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 pi ...more
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Well, seeing i'm on holidays i thought way not read a few comics i have bean eyeing for quit some time.
I tried to read all i got of boondocks, but im not sure its all that come out in the newspaper, but its all i could get. And it is awesome, and to think it was made in the Bush's administration, something showing a left critic from 1999 to 2005, openly showing the ignorance and the extreme that the media will goo just so it can claim that the US have two party's. But they are the same and in he
Jul 19, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 30, 2008 rated it really liked it
Aaron McGruder is my hero. I am really sad that the boondocks no longer exists as a comic. This book was a fitting end though, especially with all the extra insight of articles and extras. the articles were especially telling, although repetitive, and the side by side comparison of censored comics with their originals was a nice glimpse into a world i know nothing about (the newspaper comic writer world).
Jun 27, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: race, graphicnovel
Statements that I had a problem with

“Oh , and I actually went out of my way to not do any lesbian jokes , but people still accused me of questioning her sexual orientation. Is it my fault we don’t ever see her with a man?!” (229) This really disappointed me.

“And what I really like about this idea is that it isn’t the least bit sexist or chauvinistic…” (230).

It is unpleasantly surprising that Aaron McGruder is so ignorant.
Oct 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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!
Matt Sautman
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Boondocks All the Rage is unique as it is both a collection of Boondocks comics and also provides a documentative history of the comic's publication. This contains the last of the strip's running but it is easily accessible, predicting elements that would go on to appear on the television show. Interestingly enough the comic reads as if it were written for a modern audience.
Feb 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Patrick by: oriana
Shelves: 2008
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.
May 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
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!
Dec 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Cartoons were hit or miss, sometimes funny, often deep, sometimes I didn't understand the references. Disliked part II of the book, which was basically a bunch of articles about the author saying the same thing (you have a unique voice, you piss people off, etc).
May 23, 2011 marked it as to-read
Shelves: comics
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.
Jan 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Must read for any Boondocks/Aaron McGruder fan. Loved seeing the strips that were edited or never run and reading his take on them.
Aug 21, 2008 added it
i'm glad there's the boondocks.
there should be more comics like this.
Nov 26, 2007 rated it really liked it
Oh, God. I love Mcgruder's stuff so very, very much. I just... Grandad! Hee!
Joseph Young
Jul 06, 2012 rated it liked it
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.
R.K. Byers
Oct 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
too many interviews.
Nov 21, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Fun little treasury. It's great to see the history of the strips that caused the most fuss
Feb 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Jan 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
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.
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Aaron McGruder is an American cartoonist best known for writing and drawing The Boondocks, a Universal Press Syndicate comic strip about two young African American brothers from inner-city Chicago now living with their grandfather in a sedate suburb. Through the leftist Huey (named after Huey P. Newton) and his younger brother Riley, a young want-to-be gangsta, the strip explores issues involving ...more
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