When a cartoon strip became a popular internet meme, the internet had no choice but to laugh at it
SAN FRANCISCO — When a cartoon comic strip became popular internet memes, the Internet had no other choice but a laugh at them.
So, after years of being laughed at and ridiculed, this month, the first strip that’s been completely taken over is a satirical parody of The Simpsons.
The strips, which feature characters dressed as Homer, Marge, Bart and Maggie, have been shared more than 4 million times on Facebook.
It started out as a joke, but it was quickly taken too seriously by the Internet and the internet’s creators realized that they could make money by making it funny.
And they have.
Now, the creators of The Boondocks are selling the strips for a dollar a pop on eBay, which has more than 20,000 listings.
One of the strip’s creators, John B. Bemis, said the reaction has been overwhelming.
“We’ve had people emailing and sending us requests for tickets and things,” Bemis said.
They even went so far as to have a GoFundMe campaign to help with the costs of the comic book.
In total, Bemis has raised more than $200,000 for the comic, and has sold more than 1,200 copies in its first week on the market.
Bemis is also planning a second installment.
He has already hired an assistant and is planning to open a website that will include an updated version of the cartoon.
If all goes well, The Boonds will be in stores by the end of the year.
You can check out some of the most popular videos from the internet, as well as the original strips, at ABC News.com.