The comic book world is about to become more partisan, with a new political character and a fresh look at an already popular existing one.
Bluewater Productions, a Washington state-based comic book company, says it will feature Texas Gov. Rick Perry in a forthcoming 32-page spread, telling the story of the “mercurial and often combative governor… his rise from Eagle Scout, through his mastery of the dog-eat-dog world of Texas politics and to his entrance into the 2012 Republican primary.”
The company also plans an expanded, 48-page edition of its Barack Obama comic, including details from the president’s first term such as “the federal bailout of the financial and auto industries, the fight for health care reform, his handling of various foreign policy situations, and the recent showdowns with Congress.”
Both books are due for release in January, the company said in a statement.
“Politics aside, these men couldn’t be any more different,” said Bluewater president Darren Davis. “But both have an uncommon charisma that appeals to their side of the aisle. And both have compelling stories that make for fascinating reading.”
A spokesman for Bluewater, which also sells comics featuring Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, said the editorial and artistic contents of each book were produced independent of each candidates’ campaign. They are “non-authorized” biographies, said Bluewater’s Jason Schultz.
The “Political Power” series debuted in 2008 with a comic rendition of then-vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Her book sold more than 15,000 copies in three printings, the company said.
The Barack Obama comic book has sold more than 35,000 copies in two printings since 2008, while a Michelle Obama edition has topped 75,000.