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Who wrote the Barack Obama comic?

As you may remember from a few months ago, BOOM! Studios jumped on the presidential-campaign bandwagon with its Decision 2012 comics, each of which features a different presidential candidate. The President Obama comic came out this week, and as Johanna Draper Carlson pointed out, no writer is credited — which is odd, in this day and age.

Odd enough that I e-mailed BOOM! Studios myself to see what the story was. Marketing Coordinator Emily McGuinness was quick to reply:

We hired a young, incredibly talented writer to do these, and that writer elected not to take credit. Why? Well, they saw it as a great opportunity to refine their craft but didn’t want to be associated as the ‘political comic book writer’ moving forward. They’ve got some cool projects coming up, and wanted the focus of their next stage of career development to be on that. It made sense to us and we were happy to be respectful of their decision (no pun intended).

That makes for an interesting parlor game in about five years: Which prominent comics writer was behind the Obama comic? I’d look for someone with a love of text boxes and footnotes; the comic consists mainly of juxtaposed pictures and text, and it reads more like an illustrated prose bio than a comic. It’s non-sequential, if that’s a word.

The writing isn’t bad, but if I were going to write a compelling comic (as opposed to a hagiography), I’d include the juicy details about Obama’s 2004 election to the U.S. Senate, in which his opponent self-destructed in a sex scandal and the Illinois Republican Party drafted Alan Keyes as a replacement. Heck, I could do an entire miniseries on that election alone, and it’s a shame the writer covered it in a single panel. Maybe they were too busy with that next project to give it much thought.

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I lived in Chicago during his 2004 election, and again in 2008. That 2004 campaign… yeah, wow. That would make a good comic, but definitely wouldn’t fit well in the context of a one-shot going over Obama’s entire career. The original GOP candidate was the ex-husband of “Star Trek: Voyager” actress Jerri Ryan, and Alan Keyes wasn’t even a resident of Illinois–he bought a house to claim residency to run for Senate, but didn’t live in it. There’s a bit more to that story, as well, and it’s pretty sad but it’s family business and not really worth dredging up here.

I know who wrote it (no, I will not betray the writer’s confidence) and I can assure you that looking for “someone with a love of text boxes and footnotes” will never reveal who it is.

Yeah, that was a great election. Coincidentally, the guy who got that sex scandal going is the same guy who is behind the recent sex scandal charges against Herman Cain. You do not want to be a Republican in the Daley Political Machine of Chicago… They’ll eat you up.

You also might not want to embroil yourself in a sex scandal!

Don’t forget the GOP’s failed attempt to get Da Coach, Mike Dita in the race too…

Ditka…Durrrrrr

Also a bad idea? Lying to reporters, especially when you are using your disabled child as a defense.

Aside from the lost opportunity, I thought it was a bit disingenuous to present Obama’s 2004 victory as some sort of landslide of popular opinion, when in fact he was the only viable candidate left in the race by election day.

Augie is so cute when he rants incoherently about politics.

Actually, “self-destructed in a sex scandal” is seriously wrong. Jack Ryan was a hell of a good man — he gave up a lucrative career to teach in an inner-city school — who fought like hell to keep his divorce records sealed. And when that failed, he fought like hell to keep the child custody records sealed. But they were opened, the allegations came out, and he was toast.

Barack Obama has a fascinating early political history. In one race, his campaign staff managed to contest enough signatures on nominating positions to remove every single one of his Democratic rivals. In another, his opponent’s divorce records were unsealed and forced that rival to get out of the race. He’s been remarkably blessed in having his opponents withdraw or be removed from the race long before the voters get to say.

I’ll let you decide who did the “blessing.”

J.

Jesus did the blessing, Jay. Jesus did it, because he loves Barack Obama.

That’s not a pun, it’s just using the same word twice.

It’d be nice if there was a comics equivalent of Alan Smithee.

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