Let’s say you’re a small comics publisher and you see that another publisher is getting a lot of mileage out of its upcoming biographies of the presidential candidates. What do you do? What do you do?
If you’re Bluewater Productions, you “[break] new ground” with a comic-book biography of a former presidential hopeful — one Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“John McCain and Barack Obama have all of the spotlight,” Publisher Darren G. Davis says in the press release. “Our goal is to show the historical impact that maybe underrated from by those who are too facetted on the candidates to fully understand the historical impact of being a few votes show [sic] for the 1st female president. Many people are daunted by the endless stream of articles on the candidates. A visual medium provides perspective that is not only accessible but more relatable to the average person without loosing [sic] any of the information involved.”
The comic, called Female Force: Hillary Clinton, features a woman on the cover who doesn’t much resemble the senator. At all.
But I’m hoping the Female Force of the title is a super-team whose ranks include Barbara Boxer, Carol Moseley Braun, Dianne Feinstein, Claire McCaskill, Barbara Mikulski and Nancy Pelosi. Fingers crossed!
The issue is due out in time for Inauguration Day, with a side of salt and lemon to help soothe Clinton’s wounds.
Update: Holy cow! I just took another look at the covers for IDW’s Presidential Material comics — you can see them after the break — and compared them to the cover for Bluewater’s Female Force: They sport the same scroll at the top, same font for the title, similarly tilted flags, similar photo backgrounds, and similar poses.
That’s … What’s the word I’m looking for?