Birth of a Nation: A Comic Novel
by Aaron McGruder, Reginald Hudlin, with Illustrations
by Kyle Baker
Frankly we decided to sell this paper back "comic novel" version
before we read it. We're just sick of Aaron McGruder having his cartoons
censored all the time because he's a black man caught telling the truth.
Then we read this review from "Booklist":
"A Texas governor wins the presidency when some 1,000 blacks
are barred from voting because of phony felony convictions, and the
Supreme Court endorses that outcome. So the mayor of East St. Louis,
home of the disfranchised, takes the famously poor, black-majority
burg out of the union. With money from one old pal (now a billionaire)
and the prowess of another (now a jet-fighter pilot) and administrative
aid from the youthful New African People's Party and, heading the new
nation's military, gang boss Roscoe, Mayor Fred Fredericks, first seen
collecting trash in lieu of a bankrupt sanitation department, keeps
pulling rabbits out of hats throughout an unpredictable, frequently
hilarious satire reminiscent of the great 1940s moviemaker Preston
Sturges' best stuff. In fact, film writer-director Reginald Hudlin
brainstormed the story with The Boondocks comic strip creator
McGruder as a prospective movie, turning, after big-fish producers
failed to bite, to ace comics artist Kyle Baker for this graphic novel,
which, despite screenplay origins that have been incompletely sanded
down, remains highly entertaining."
There McGruder goes again, implying that the Busheviks tamper with elections
in order to win. Perish the thought!
This is written as a 137-page cartoon, in living color, of course.
Would anyone care if East St. Louis seceded from the Bushevik stolen
Find out in "Birth of a Nation: A Comic Novel" from Aaron
McGruder, creator of the brilliant "Boondocks."