Mc Gruder said his team was “given all the leeway we needed to say what we wanted to say” at Adult Swim.
He went further, saying that Mike Lazzo of Adult Swim “has a really smart idea of what a network should be, and also works with creators really well, and just lets them make the shows they want to make.” He continued, “The other thing is that Adult Swim has a genuine appreciation of art and animation, and other places we talked to looked at [an earlier] Fox pilot and said, ‘I don’t think it needs to be this pretty. ’ I do think that’s what makes Adult Swim the ideal place for this, because they really do ‘get it’ and appreciate everything I’m trying to do here…They were very aggressive and wanted to do the show real bad, and they’ve been completely supportive every day after that.” The Boondocks comic strip often takes on extremely current events, raising questions about whether the television show, with its much longer lead time, will be able to keep up.
I don’t think you have to be right on top of the news in order to do that.” The Boondocks strip has been on the receiving end of a lot of criticism, but Mc Gruder stated that he tries “to insulate myself from as much of the feedback on the strip as possible, because it makes it difficult to do the job…ultimately, you go into this knowing that some people just will not like what you do and you can’t let it interrupt the creative process.” He continued, “I just basically avoid it all…I try to avoid the fan mail and the hate mail, just to stay focused on what I have to do.” Mc Gruder’s thick skin will undoubtedly get a workout after the show’s debut, with upcoming episodes involving fisticuffs between Granddad and a blind old man, the potential for intimate encounters between prison inmates, a plot where “international criminals…with Riley tagging along decide to try and kidnap Oprah (Winfrey),” and an episode which asks, “What if Martin Luther King hadn’t been assassinated, but rather went into a coma after he got shot and wakes up in modern day and has difficulties sort of fitting in to the modern political discourse.” Mc Gruder stated that plot lines were not selected or avoided based on their shock value or potential to stir up controversy, noting that a Rosa Parks joke was removed in the wake of her passing.
However, with a 15-episode season and no guarantee of a second one, he felt it was more important to tell the stories he wanted to tell now rather than avoid ruffling feathers, since he may not get a second chance at it.
Right now we're having a lot of communication issues and everything seems like a power-struggle these days.
The Hippocratic oath is, “First, do no harm.” Aaron Mc Gruder isn’t a doctor, but if he has an oath when it comes to his comic strip The Boondocks, it’s probably “First, make sure it’s funny.” A genial Mc Gruder participated in a teleconference with the news media on Tuesday to promote the new Boondocks animated show.
Six years in the making, the show is premiering on Nov.
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I presume that will be less of a concern as time goes on.” He added, “I don’t illustrate [the strip], and no I don’t miss it,” since it allows him to focus more on writing.