Michele Bachmann has made another cover. The difference this time: The comics world is kinder than Newsweek.
The GOP congresswoman from Minnesota is ready for her cartoon closeup as she gets her own biographical comic book. Bluewater Productions has just announced that “Political Power: Michele Bachmann” will hit shops and shelves in November.
With the Bachmann bio, Bluewater will simply be revving up for the heat of election season. In December, the Washington state-based publisher will complete a conservative triptych, following up with “Political Power: Mitt Romney” and “Political Power: The Tea Party Movement.”
“Mitt Romney has been suggested to us by so many people in the last two years, so we decided to do one on him,” Bluewater President Darren G. Davis tells Comic Riffs on Wednesday of the GOP presidential candidates. “As for Michele Bachmann, we were going to do her as ‘Female Force,’ but we wanted to stay fair and unbiased and put her in the ‘Political Power’ series.”
As for the third book, Davis tells us: “To be honest, I did not understand a lot about the Tea Party Movement until I got the script for [the comic]. Not only are these fun for collectors, but they are informative for people like myself to learn from.”
So coming out of the Ames straw poll, does Bluewater have plans to do bio-books on Rick Perry, say, or Ron Paul?
“We have plans to do books up until the election,” Davis says, “so there is enough time to do the others.”
Bluewater’s previous political comics have profiled such figures as Michelle Obama, Al Franken and Sarah Palin. “The best nod to our success,” Davis tells ‘Riffs, “is getting signed copies of our books by Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin.”
The “Michele Bachmann” book is by writer CW Cooke and artist Luciano Kars; “Mitt Romney” is by writer Marc Shapiro and artist Jed Mickle; and “The Tea Party Movement” is by Shapiro and artist Nick Justus. All three covers are by Joe Philips. (The size of the print runs have not yet been determined, the publisher says.)
Bluewater first waded into political-bio waters during the 2008 election, and its creators didn’t always shy away from dialogue critical of the profile subject. Davis emphasizes, though, that he takes a nonpartisan approach.
“My goal as the editor is to make sure that both sides are treated fairly,” says Davis, noting that his comics have been used as teaching aids in schools. “We have a voice now with these ... and we take it very serious.”
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