The Boondocks purge begins

With news last week that Aaron McGruder’s The Boondocks is on a permanent hiatus, it will be interesting to see how quickly the roughly 100 subscribing newspapers drop The Boondocks reruns and pick a new feature….  Perhaps a question of greater interest is how many papers will replace The Boondocks with another strip that features predominately African-American or minority characters such as Candorville, or Watch Your Head.

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Universal to launch new strip ‘Maintaining’ in January

Within the press release of Aaron McGruder’s news that The Boondocks’ hiatus may be permanent, is a little tidbit that Universal Press will be launching a new feature called Maintaining in January.  Maintaining is by Nate Creekmore, who developed the feature during college.  Nate is a two-time recipient of the Charles M. Schulz College Cartoonist Award in 2003 and in 2004 as well as best college cartoonist by the Associated Collegiate Press.  The feature is about a bi-racial high school student named Marcus. 

From an article in the Tennessean, we learn that the feature has been under a development contract for the last year.

You can see samples of Nate’s work on his web site.

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