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Posted at 06:01 PM ET, 03/11/2010

Coming soon: Senator AL FRANKEN, comic book 'hero'

For its line of political comic books, Bluewater Productions has featured such figures as Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin. In May, the publisher will have an entirely new subject.

Why? Because -- as the old "Saturday Night Live" catchphrase went -- he's Al Franken.

Bluewater announces its bio-comic "Political Power: Al Franken" -- to hit comic shops in May -- will "trace the senator's rise 'from Saturday Night Live' writer ... to radio talk-show host to viable Senate candidate."

The comic's writer, Jerome Maida says his research gleaned just how multifaceted Franken is. Maida says he learned that Franken became smitten with comics at a young age and that Franken co-wrote the Meg Ryan/Andy Garcia film "When a Man Loves a Woman," based it on his own wife's alcoholism. Maida also notes that his digging showed Franken to be "a real person, a character instead of a caricature."

So was the Minnesota politician at all involved in the project?

Darren G. Davis, publisher and editor-in-chief at Bluewater tells Comic Riffs: "Al Franken's people said they were very excited about the project, but due to the fact that they are on the taxpayer's dime and have to follow very stringent ethics laws, they could not be actively involved in any way in its production."

Jess McIntosh, a spokesman for Franken, told The Post's Jason Horowitz that the senator's office had no involvement in the project, but that his office was "looking forward to seeing it."

Davis also explains to Comic Riffs: "When we told someone from his office that we would direct a percentage of the proceeds toward the charity of his choice, they said if Sen. Franken had his druthers, he would like to see it go to the USO -- but with the rules they are under, they cannot even officially direct that. We usually donate money in the name of the subjects."

Davis continues: "When I said I would like for Sen. Franken to receive a copy and possibly sign it, [his office] said, 'Sure.' but that the value of the book or books we sent him would have to be under $50."

Which means they could ship about a dozen books. The Bluewater publisher tells 'Riffs that "Political Power: Al Franken" will retail for $3.99.

By  |  06:01 PM ET, 03/11/2010

Categories:  The Political Cartoon, The Political Cartoon | Tags:  Bluewater Productions, Darren G. Davis, Sen. Al Franken

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