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The Boondocks started out as a fallback plan.

Before creating the comic strip, Aaron McGruder was a semi-aimless University of Maryland student who didn’t expect to graduate; instead, he wanted to be a comic book artist for Marvel. After realizing that his drawing skills weren’t up to par and that…

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As with most things in 2020, comics got weird this year. The industry nearly became another casualty of the pandemic, with most series beset by months-long shipping delays. The world of sequential art faced its own #MeToo reckoning this summer as multiple prominent men were accused of sexual misconduct. All…

YYou’ve reached the end of the Netflix scroll, IG just doesn’t hit the same when travel budgets are moot, and you’re not shelling out $10 a month for BET+ just to get foggy episodes of Martin. You’re bored. So are we. It’s going to be a loooong quarantine.

Luckily, there’s…

Muhammad Ali vs. Joe Bugner, Kuala Lumpur, July 5, 1975. Photo: Central Press/Getty Images

I’I’m not going to bore you with Muhammad Ali’s legendary exploits, because for decades, journalists have regaled his every documented breath, his defiance of systemic oppression, and his magnetic belief in his abilities. …

Illustration: Freddy Carrasco

I was lucky to grow up a comic book fan.

My parents saw my early love of comic books — the way I’d hide out at the Waldenbooks in the first floor of West Jackson’s Metrocenter Mall while they shopped, the way I talked endlessly about storylines I’d written myself…

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WWhen I was six years old, I bought a VHS tape of the early-’90s cartoon X-Men: The Animated Series. At the beginning of the tape, Stan Lee discussed the Marvel mutants he’d created as being a stand-in for the civil rights movement of the ’60s. Professor X represented Martin Luther…

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