Tuesday, September 26, 2006

No More Boondocks?

Universal Press Syndicate announced on Monday that Aaron McGruder's wildly popular comic strip "The Boondocks" will be ending this November.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the comic strip, which is currently in reruns, was initially set to return with new material in October but Universal reportedly said that it could not get a commitment from McGruder on when, or if, he would return to work on the strip.

McGruder announced a six-month sabbatical in March reportedly to concentrate on other projects including the animated version of "The Boondocks" for Cartoon Network. While the strip is ending syndication, the cartoon will continue to be in production.

"Aaron is a brilliant cartoonist who brought a revolutionary voice to the comic pages," Universal President Lee Salem said. "Our hope is that we can work with him in the future, either in newspapers or in different media"

The strip began in April 1999 and at its peak had about 300 clients, according to Universal. The comic also spawned several book-length collections including Boondocks: Because I Know You Don't Read The Newspaper, A Right To Be Hostile and Public Enemy #2.
Newspapers and other media outlets currently carrying the strip will be allowed to until November 26.

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Source: SOHH

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