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Comics | A Los Angeles Times article about women in comics concludes that “women in comics” really isn’t a topic for discussion any more; the number of women creators and editorial staff in the Marvel/DC world is slowly increasing, but outside the superhero realm the question is entirely irrelevant. It’s a good read anyway, because of the many quotes from interesting indie creators. “Teenage boys aren’t the only people with money, and unfortunately I think the mainstream comics juggernaut has just been focusing on this little section of readership for a long time,” Sarah Oleksyk says. “There’s this gigantic range of stories being told in indie comics — biographies, nonfiction, every sort of thing. So if you don’t want to read something about crime-fighting superheroes, you have 10,000 other subjects to choose, and most of those are independently published.”[Hero Complex]
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What’s that, you don’t know who Alvin Greene is? He’s the unemployed Army veteran from South Carolina who mounted an unsuccessful campaign last year for the U.S. Senate, during which he suggested that manufacturing action figures of himself would help create jobs. He also transformed his sparsely attended election-night celebration into a promotional platform for The Ultimate Warrior, a comic in which he stars as a superhero who saves people from foreclosures.
Well, Greene is back in the spotlight after paying the $165 filing fee on Christmas Eve to run in a special election for a South Carolina House seat left vacant by the death this month of Summerton Democrat Rep. Cathy Harvin. The primary is Feb. 15, with the special election scheduled for April 5.
Greene appeared seemingly out of nowhere last year, winning the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate with no experience, no money and little campaigning. Greene was indicted in August on obscenity charges from 2009, and then soundly defeated in the November election by Republican incumbent Jim DeMint.
Greene’s bare-bones Senate campaign website contains pre-ordering information for the 20-page Ultimate Warrior comic — “with the proviso that at least 2,000 people must pre-order or we cannot email any out (In that event, we thank you for the donation!)” — a PDF excerpt, and a call for artists and story ideas. (Note: The site states that all submissions become property of The Warren Group, a Los Angeles-based political consultant company whose sole client appears to be Alvin Greene.)
Soundly defeated Tuesday by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and shut out by the South Carolina Democratic Party, Democrat Alvin Greene used his sparsely attended election-night celebration, and what remained of his 15 minutes, to promote a cause: his comic book.
The Huffington Post and WBTV report that Greene, who battled obscenity charges and his own party in his unlikely bid for the Senate seat, quickly shifted the focus last night from his failed campaign to Ultimate Warrior, a comic in which he stars as a superhero who saves people from foreclosures.
“This superhero is greater than, um, Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk … and all those other characters,” he said, holding a printout up to the TV camera. Asked by a reporter whether he really thinks he could “take the Hulk,” Greene responded, “‘Nothing stops the Ultimate Warrior …’ before mumbling off and then saying ‘It makes all the sense in the world’.”
Indeed. WBTV reports that Greene, who didn’t deliver the traditional concession speech, went on to talk about his plans for an action figure: “He can see into the future. He is faster than [Olympic medalist] Maurice Green and he can out-leap [Michael] Jordan. See, I have projects like this … what is DeMint offering y’all — just more gridlock. Politics.”
You can read a five-page PDF of the comic, with art by Bob Raymond, on Greene’s campaign website.