Well, I guess we can all get settled in for another year+ of political comic book stunts again, with the announcement of Boom! Studios’ Decision 2012, in which fans – whether comic book or political – get to pre-order a biographical comic of the presidential candidate of their choice, with the most highly-ordered seeing print. No, really:
The whole concept of comic book’s first straw poll is that the comic book with the most pre-orders wins. That means that if you are a supporter of a particular candidate and you want him or her to win, you need to make sure you tell all your friends to pre-order your candidate’s comic book before September 29th, 2011.
I don’t know whether this means there will be lots of unseen material for the losers, or whether the stories will only be created once a winner has been chosen, but… this is either an awesome idea or a terrible idea. I mean, it’s A Death In The Family meets U Decide meets Bluewater’s political biographies and, if nothing else, that’s not what anyone was expecting, right…?
(In all seriousness, I’m fascinated by the outreach potential for this; the website includes a quick “What are comics, anyway?” in the FAQs, so clearly this is meant to go beyond the direct market faithful, so on that basis alone, I’m pulling for Boom! here.)