Aaron McGruder Wants to Bring Back the Boondocks as a Video Game

The Boondocks video game concept art from Aaron McGruder
The Boondocks video game concept art from Aaron McGruder

Acclaimed comic creator, Aaron McGruder, has come out of the shadows with exciting news concerning The Boondocks!

Last week Aaron McGruder confirmed that he wished to return to The Boondocks in a new way. Here is a quote directly from Aaron McGruder from the official Boondocks Facebook fan page.

I’m Aaron McGruder, and this is my Boondocks Facebook page. Understandably there’s a lot of confusion out there so I’ll start by clearing that up.

It’s been a few years since The Boondocks went dark and in that time the world has gotten, well… interesting. There’s a lot of catching up to do. I won’t try and tackle it all at once. I know there’s a lot of fans who miss the show, and even more OG fans who probably hated the show and miss the comic strip. The sustained relevance of the characters to the generation who grew up with them has been heartening to see.

Returning to The Boondocks has always been a complicated prospect for a bunch of reasons, ranging from the legal to the personal, but the biggest challenge is always a point of view worth sharing. Inappropriate negro humor is serious stuff. I’m proud of the series and what it accomplished, but I don’t own it and can’t revisit it. Returning to a newspaper style comic also seems like looking backwards. Next year, The Boondocks turns 20 years old. Any new incarnation will have to find relevance for an entirely new generation.

After the election, new jokes and easy satire seemed self-evident. I’m often asked if I now finally miss the world of political humor. I don’t. It’s hard to miss The Boondocks when life has become The Boondocks. Uncle Ruckus is President. We’re all living a bizarre political satire that is largely about race, and inappropriate for children.

It’s tragically funny, especially if you have a profoundly dark sense of humor like myself, and it raises a new question. Now that we’re all trapped in a cartoon what do we do about it?

A few months ago I started playing with the idea of video games – something I always wanted to do but never made the time for. It’s a medium that feels right for our violently turbulent times, and right for The Boondocks. I have no idea what the App Store will let us get away with. It’s uncharted territory, and good to do something completely new with the characters. It won’t be for every fan of the show or the comic strip, but it’s equally as sincere, and still a bizarre political satire that is largely about race and inappropriate for children.

This is not an announcement of the show returning or anything nearly that exciting. It’s a bit of a labor of love over here with a small team including tech wizard/advisor John Imah and the legendary DJ Pooh on the help out. There will be more info coming soon so watch this space. Different canvas. Different generation. We’ll see where it goes.

Let that sink in for minute. The Boondocks… as a video game! I can’t think of anything better than that (except maybe another season of The Boondocks with Aaron on board)! Other than the concept art you see above, we have no further details on the project, but we plan to keep you informed on any new updates that come to light in the coming months.

Stay tuned to Junkie Monkeys for more happenings with The Boondocks!