Although Aaron McGruder has made no statement about retiring or resuming The Boondocks for print newspapers, Universal Press Syndicate is announcing that newspapers should not count on it coming back in the foreseeable future.
Numerous attempts by the syndicate to pin McGruder down on a date that the strip would be coming back were unsuccessful, says Lee Salem, president of Universal Press Syndicate.
“It was obvious that Aaron would not be able to meet his original six-month target of returning The Boondocks to newspapers,” says Salem. “His Sunday strips needed to be in by mid-September to meet newspapers’ deadlines of publishing The Boondocks by the end of October. We had to consider the newspapers currently running The Boondocks reruns and expecting its return. It was unfair to keep them guessing any longer.” Salem added that questions from editors looking for answers on The Boondocks’ return have been coming in daily for weeks.
“Aaron is a brilliant cartoonist who brought a revolutionary voice to the comic pages,” says Salem. “This situation is a far cry from the end of our relationship. Our hope is that we can work with him in the future, either in newspapers or in different media.”
“We want to thank the editors who gave this provocative new strip and talented cartoonist a chance when it was first launched in April 1999,” adds Salem. “And we thank them for their patience as we awaited word about The Boondocks’ status.”
Newspapers still running The Boondocks reruns may do so free of charge until the last Saturday in November. The Boondocks reruns will continue to be offered online through uclick for a fee.
Earlier this year, McGruder came under fire from Rev. Al Sharpton when the Cartoon Network aired an episode of the The Boondocks entitled "Return of the King.” In the episode, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. awakens from a coma after 32 years and let’s Black people have it. He calls Black people "niggers" and moves to Canada.