It’s déjà vu all over again! We previously reported on a bunch of comic books being put out about important politicians involved in the upcoming election; namely Barack Obama, John McCain, Sarah Palin and Hillary Clinton. While there still appears to be no Joe Biden comic, you can add two more Obama and McCain comics to the fold.
These two are being put out by Antarctic Press, a company which up until now has focused more on fantasy and manga and less on biographical content. From the Previews posted on their site, I will say I am enjoying the art on the Obama book, which is done by Chris Allen. Both the cover and interiors are striking and manage to evoke an image of the man that looks and feels like he does in real life. The same can be said for the McCain comic, done by Allen along with co-collaborator and President of Antarctic Press, Joeming Dunn. The comics try to capture as much of both candidate’s lives as possible in 24 pages and they do not pull any punches, bringing up anti-Obama sentiment by some and McCain’s involvement with The Keating Five.
In an interview with The San Antonio Press News, Allen explains that they tried to stay as close to the middle as possible with these comics, even though he identifies himself as on Obama supporter.
“Again, we’re presenting biographies of people who have gotten to a very important place in American society,” Allen says. “We want to give a balanced picture, as balanced as you can in 24 pages. But at the same time we don’t overly dramatize one thing or another.”
What’s also neat is that when you stand both comics next to one another, the covers form one connected image. Unlike the IDW books focusing on McCain and Obama, these ones are in black and white instead of full color. Nevertheless, the comics are available for order on the Antarctic Press website for $4.99 a piece if anybody is interested in checking out a second take on these two individual’s life experiences. And thanks to Blog@Newsarama for bringing the comics to my attention!