Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Candidate Red, Candidate Blue

Presidential Material

Every presidential election has its collectible memorabilia -- buttons, books, action figures, etc.

IDW Publishing's contribution to the genre is a pair of comic book biographies, one about Obama and one about McCain. J. Scott Campbell drew both covers. Each has its candidate standing, arms akimbo, in front of an American flag flapping in the wind -- but the sky on Obama's cover is pure blue, while the sky on McCain's has a distinctive red tinge.

Further, while McCain has a wide grin on his cover, Obama is scowling dramatically on his. Is there a reason for the difference?

For those on the fence, the publisher is offering a "flip-book" trade paperback that combines both biographies. And it will also make the comics available on cell phones, for those who just can't be bothered with that old-fashioned paper stuff.

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