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So that was kind of my hunch, and I think it worked. AVC: What was the hardest part of adapting The Boondocks for television?AM: I think it was going from working completely by myself to working with, not just a team of people, but really, several teams.
Right now, they're still largely attached to the newspaper world. And now all of that is coming back on us, and we've got 2000 soldiers dead, and if the 10-to-1 figure is true in terms of injuries to deaths, there's probably been 20,000 injuries. And I think there's a lot of people in the country who are guilty of allowing themselves to be duped in a very sloppy, sloppy manner.AM: I think revolution is always a little bit possible.I think it won't look or sound anything like what we would expect. It seems to be going in a really bad, bad place really quickly, and I don't have the answers and I don't have the solutions and I don't know what's gonna happen to change it. It was interesting, and I saw Nader shortly before the election and—I voted him the time before, because I liked the sort of long-term strategy of building a viable third party.And then, obviously, there's a million things we're allowed to say on late-night cable that you're not allowed to say on a primetime broadcast. AM: I think people were a little bit too concerned about what I would or would not be allowed to say. The restrictions and the watered-down and all the stuff that you thought was gonna happen really isn't the case." So we done got that out the way, and now we can just kind of move on.AVC: Within the first minute and a half of the first episode I saw, Huey talks about Jesus being a black man, Ronald Reagan being the devil, and the government lying about Sept. So let me just get that out of the way and get on to the business of telling, you know, a story, or two, or three, or 15. AVC: On the show, Huey and Riley look and sound adorable.Do you think you can get away with more because they're so cute?
AM: I think that's always been part of the thinking behind the script, that—and I really tried really hard to impress that upon the staff of the show, the animation staff—to try to get them to understand that we would only be able to get away with what we were writing if the visuals were appealing enough that it was like a balance, and even people who didn't like what they were hearing would still not want to turn away because what they were seeing was so nice.
Admirers, meanwhile, hailed Mc Gruder's more confrontational direction, praising it as a vital source of dissent that brought urgency back to comic strips. Club: You've been developing this show for four or five years. It's not the norm when creators have any protections with regards to creative control.
For the past few years, Mc Gruder has juggled the daily strip with regular engagements on the lecture circuit and attempts to adapt The Boondocks for television. Club recently spoke with Mc Gruder about being typecast as an angry guy, why the American political system is hopelessly broken, and why being one of People magazine's 50 Most Eligible Bachelors isn't all it's cracked up to be. What took it so long to finally make it onto the air? We went around with several places over five or six years until the deal with Sony happened, and then Fox and Adult Swim. And so it took some time, I think, for the strip to gain enough popularity where I had enough leverage to come in and say, "It has to be done in a certain way or it's not going to be done at all," and then have people willing to put up with that who were ultimately paying for it. AM: We did our best to do a Fox show, but, frankly, I don't think the difficulties we had at Fox would be exclusive to Fox, I just think broadcast television in general is a very restrictive place.
Well, if your intentions are already bad, and then you still make giant mistakes, it seems like things just get worse. But I don't see the left really winning anything out of this. Perhaps it's time to start examining countries that have made democracy work while still having some kind of the same relationship in covenant with their population.
I get little joy seeing this, because what I don't see is the public saying, "Wow, those guys are really bad, maybe we should re-evaluate everything." I don't see that response with the scandals, I don't see it with the indictments, I don't see it after Katrina, I don't see the public going, "Wow, let's really re-examine the entire direction this country is going." I read an article that pointed out that the people that are probably gonna benefit most from this is, like, Mc Cain. AVC: What do you think the Democratic Party could do to become relevant again? I think the two-party system is a complete sham; I think it is designed so that the voters can feel like they have the satisfaction of "throwing those bums out of office" every four to eight years, but without the direction of the country ever significantly changing. That's not saying there's not a bunch of good Democrats. Because at this point, the two-party system is really just a one-party system. And let's think about what that really means—there is no opposition party. Doesn't that kind of mean the country's falling apart? Perhaps we need to look at the Scandinavian countries, or Canada, or something else, but whatever we have now, I think we just have to acknowledge, ain't workin.
AVC: Do you feel like the comic strip is a dying art form? I felt that way when I got in it, and I was fortunate that I was able to get in before it died. I don't like the smog very much, but there are some days when L. So, you know, I don't really look for that, and I don't expect to find it in any city. I mean, I don't buy into that whole thing: Everyone in New York is all sophisticated, and they're into art and sophisticated things, and everyone in L. And quite honestly, I don't think they actually did a particularly good or sophisticated job, but I think everybody wanted to be fooled.