Aaron McGruder Biography
(Writer, Cartoonist & Public Speaker)
Birthday: May 29, 1974 (Gemini)
Born In: Chicago
Aaron Vincent McGruder is an American cartoonist and producer best known for creating the comic strip ‘The Boondocks’ which earned him a lot of fame and a little notoriety as well. A rebel at heart, he has been outspoken about his views from an early age and this attitude is reflected in the works he creates. As a young boy of color, he often faced harassment as a child which in a way liberated him instead of repressing him. Unhappy at school, he started drawing cartoons as a way of distracting himself and this paved the way for his future career. He went on to earn a degree in African American Studies from the University of Maryland. It was during his university years that he began his work on ‘The Boondocks’ which was run in the university’s newspaper, ‘The Diamondback.’ The comic became instantly popular and within a few years it was running in more than 160 newspapers. The resonating success of the comic strip led to McGruder’s creation of an adult animated sitcom of the same name on Cartoon Network's late-night programming block, Adult Swim. While much loved by the majority of the audience, the brash and politically incorrect content of ‘The Boondocks’ also earned McGruder quite a few critics.