Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013
An Evening with Aaron McGruder
As a general rule the daily-paper comics page doesn’t much welcome controversy, unless you consider talking animals or Dagwood’s excessive calorie intake controversial. Aaron McGruder disregarded comic conventions, however, with his strip The Boondocks, which must rank as one of the most incendiary daily-paper comics of all time, and also one of the angriest. Through the narrative of two black boys who relocate from the inner city to the white-washed suburbs, McGruder weighed in not only on race relations and hip-hop culture but also the current events of the day, commenting on the Bush administration and the post-9/11 through a far-left lens that made even Doonsbury look like Mallard Fillmore. McGruder will speak about the strip and its controversies tonight as part of UWM’s Distinguished Lecture Series.