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2012 Election Merchandise Poll and Infographic Shows Most Interesting, Engaging Candidates

Not really comic book related, but rather interesting….

2012 Election Merchandise Poll and Infographic Shows Most Interesting, Engaging Candidates

Zazzle Study of 25 Million Monthly E-Commerce Consumers Identifies Voter Behavior and Highlights Recent Changes in Public Sentiment Towards Presidential Candidates

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., March 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Zazzle today announced its findings from the 2012 Election Merchandise Poll. With more than 25 million monthly site visitors, the world’s largest e-commerce customization company analyzed consumer search, product design, and purchasing behaviors to identify voter engagement and sentiment for the remaining GOP presidential candidates and incumbent Democrat, Barack Obama.

Based on two months of consumer data, all findings from the recent study are available in a new political infographic that charts candidate popularity over time, compares positive- vs. negative-themed sales and designs, and highlights the top political products.

“Massive amount of voters, including millions of users on Zazzle, physically express their ideas and opinions through online merchandise customization – this is a similar test of sentiment when compared to the use of Twitter and Facebook as platforms to express opinions through text,” said Josh Neuman, Zazzle’s head of political merchandising and analyses.

Voter Sentiment through E-Commerce and Product Design

To date, more than 3 million custom political products and 1 million political t-shirts have been developed and sold on Zazzle’s customization platform. These include candidate t-shirts for Obama, Ron Paul, Romney, Gingrich and Santorum.

Findings:

  • The upward swing in pro-Obama merchandise sales demonstrates a potential shift in consumer sentiment – of all Obama-related sales, 60 percent were anti-Obama designs in January, compared to 51 percent in March.
  • Since January, Obama has been included in more than 30 percent of all presidential-themed merchandise created.
  • The quantity of Ron Paul sales and searches more than doubles that of Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, combined.
  • Although Ron Paul’s overall popularity on Zazzle has dropped by nearly 40 percent since January, he continues to lead in sales, product design and searches among GOP candidates.
  • Romney has the greatest differential between the number of items created and the number of items sold.
  • Although Gingrich saw a major popularity spike in late January, current interest has fallen below that of Romney and Santorum.
  • Top products show that political satire is very popular among consumers of political merchandise.

More insights into politics and e-Commerce trends can be found in the official infographic and on the Zazzle blog.

About Zazzle
Zazzle is the world’s leading platform for quality custom products. Zazzle’s proprietary technology enables individuals, professional artists, and major brands, including Disney and Hallmark, to create and offer billions of unique products for customers worldwide. Zazzle’s rapidly expanding product base covers every topic imaginable and includes t-shirts, business cards and invitations, in addition to a variety of custom gifts. Upon creation, products are instantly and accurately visualized on the site and offered in the Zazzle marketplace. When ordered, each product is made on-demand, typically within 24 hours. Launched in 2005 and based in Redwood City, California, Zazzle’s vision is to redefine commerce, powered by the world’s imagination. Find more at www.zazzle.com.

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Around the Tubes

It’s Tuesday…. we’re adding a new section to these posts dedicated to the Stop Online Piracy Act and Protect IP….

SOPA/PIPA:

Mashable – Boycotting SOPA Supporters? There’s an App for That

Mashable – Paul Ryan, Target of Reddit Campaign, Won’t Support SOPA

Mashable – Fears of SOPA ‘Unfounded,’ Says Bill’s Sponsor

TechCrunch – As Congress Resumes Discussing SOPA And PIPA, Show Your Opposition With #BlackoutSOPA

GamePolitics – Consumer Electronics Association CEO: ‘SOPA is Shocking’

GamePolitics – Rick Santorum Comments on SOPA at NH Campaign Stop

 

Around the Blogs:

ComiChron – Retailers bought at least 3 million more comics in 2011 – So the industry is on the upswing? It even?

Bleeding Cool – Dave Dorman Speaks Out Against Breastfeeding In His ComicsUm… ok.

The Marines – Comics 4 HeroesGreat idea!

Bleeding Cool – DC Comics’ Kris Longo To Join Bonfire AgencyCongrats!

 

Conventions:

Washington City Paper – Photos: MAGfest X

 

Around the Tubes Reviews:

CBR – O.M.A.C. #5

CBR – Uncanny X-Men #4

Tomorow is the Iowa Caucus… What Superhero Would the Candidates Be?

Tomorrow is the Iowa Caucus, the first official vote of the 2012 Presidential campaign.  Leading up to it a rather ambitious young man decided to hit the candidates with some hard questions.  If they could be any super hero, who would they be?

Mitt Romney – Superman
Rick Santorum – Mr. Incredible
Herman Cain – Superman
Jon Huntsman – Spider-Man
Ron Paul – refused to play the game
Rick Perry – Superman
Newt Gingrich – Superman

I have to give nerd cred points to Huntsman, the man seemed like he could go a while about why he liked Spider-Man, though he also mentioned Batman.  As far as interacting, Newt comes off as human, not just willing to give an answer, but also listen to the kid’s.  Paul I can only picture yelling “get off my lawn.”

Comic Book Straw Poll: Decision 2012 Results

Official Press Release

DECISION 2012 RESULTS: OBAMA, PALIN WIN PERRY IN LAST PLACE

October 6th, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – BOOM! announces the results of DECISION 2012, the comic book industry’s first straw poll: Barack Obama has won, with the top Republican candidacy going to Sarah Palin and a shocking result for last place: Rick Perry!

The results:
1. Barack Obama
2. Sarah Palin
3. Ron Paul
4. Michele Bachmann
5. Mitt Romney
6. Herman Cain
7. Newt Gingrich
8. Jon Huntsman
9. Rick Santorum
10. Rick Perry

As explained in the original press release announcing the straw poll, only candidates who sell more than 1,500 copies of a book will have their biographical comic book printed. As a result, only the top 4 candidates made that benchmark: the other six candidates’ comic books will not be printed.

“I’m really excited about collecting all these comics,” said Brett Schenker, Online Political Strategist who has worked for such political luminaries as John Kerry and Chris Dodd. “I wish this were around when I was working on Presidential campaigns, it’s a fun thing to support, but a great souvenir to remember the people I tried to get elected.”

The DECISION 2012 line of comics and comic book’s first straw poll isn’t just a contest, but also a great way for voters and students to educate themselves on the candidates running in the 2012 Presidential Election. This series of biographical comic books details the history and political lives of the candidates for the 2012 Presidential Election, giving non-partisan background on the candidates. The DECISION 2012 line of comic books is aimed at anyone of any age who enjoys reading and discussing U.S. politics.

More information on the straw poll and the DECISION 2012 line of comics can be found here: http://www.decision2012comics.com

Interested in a biographical comic book from one of the top vote-getters? To find your local comic shop, just go to www.comicshoplocator.com, or call 1-888-COMICBOOK.

About BOOM! Studios
Founded by Ross Richie, 2009 and 2010′s “Best Publisher” BOOM! Studios, an Eisner and Harvey Award-winner, generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.

Graphic Policy Radio Episode 4 – DCnU and Which Comic Character Are the Presidential Candidates

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The entire gang is back, it’s Brett, Elana and Ken discussing the first round of the DC comics reboots.  Also, Rick Perry said if he could be any comic character, it’d be Superman.  That got us thinking, which characters would the rest of the Presidential field be?  Find out in the latest episode of Graphic Policy Radio.

First Comic Book Presidential Straw Poll

Official Press Release

DECISION 2012 PRESENTS: COMIC BOOK’S FIRST STRAW POLL FOR THE PRESIDENTIAL 2012 RACE

MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD! THE COMIC BOOK WITH THE BIGGEST PRINT RUN WINS!

PRE-ORDER YOUR CANDIDATE’S COMIC BEFORE SEPTEMBER 29TH, 2011 COMIC BOOKS TO SHIP THIS NOVEMBER WINNERS ANNOUNCED AT THAT TIME!

www.decision2012comics.com

August 17th, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA – It’s a comic book industry first! Make your voice heard! This November, DECISION 2012 debuts the comic book industry’s first straw poll — with biographical comic books for all the top candidates in the 2012 Presidential race. The decision is in your hands; it’s up to you to see who wins! All print runs of each series will be announced this November and the candidate with the highest print wins!

If you want your candidate to win comic book’s first straw poll, you need to call your local comic shop and pre-order your candidate’s comic book before September 29th, 2011! To find your local comic shop just go to www.comicshoplocator.com, or call 1-888-COMIC BOOK to find the shop near you.

The people of Iowa just had their straw poll and only Iowans could participate. Now with comic book’s first straw poll, all of America can participate!

“The DECISION 2012 line of comic books has something for everyone,” said Marketing and Sales Director Chip Mosher. “For those political junkies that love a good horse race, we have comic book’s first straw poll. For those voters and our young soon-to-be-voters, we have some great non-partisan biographical comics on all the major candidates – announced and waiting to be announced – in the presidential 2012 race. And finally, for the comic book collector we have a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime collectible. The DECISION 2012 comic line and comic book’s first straw poll is a great way to spotlight the upcoming 2012 election and get people excited about voting!”

The DECISION 2012 line of comics and comic book’s first straw poll isn’t just a contest, but also a great way for voters and students to educate themselves on the candidates running in the 2012 Presidential election. This series of biographical comic books details the history and political lives of the candidates for the 2012 Presidential Election, giving non-partisan background on President Barack Obama and such presidential hopefuls as Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum! The DECISION 2012 line of comic books are aimed at anyone of any age who enjoys reading and discussing U.S. politics.

More information on the straw poll and the DECISION 2012 line of comics can be found here: http://www.decision2012comics.com/

Remember to make sure you pre-order your candidate’s comic from your local comic shop by September 29th, 2011. If your candidate’s comic book does not get pre-ordered by at least 1,500 copies then it will not be printed.

About DECISION 2012
The DECISION 2012 line of educational nonpartisan political comics is an imprint of BOOM! Studios, one of the nation’s largest independent comic book and graphic novel publishers. Eisner, Harvey, and Best Publisher Award-winning BOOM! Studios (www.boom-studios.com) generates a constellation of bestselling comic books and graphic novels with the industry’s top talent, including Mark Waid’s series IRREDEEMABLE, new HELLRAISER comics written by Clive Barker, PLANET OF THE APES, 28 DAYS LATER, and Philip K. Dick’s DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?. BOOM!’s all ages imprint KABOOM! publishes Charles Schulz’ PEANUTS, Roger Langridge’s SNARKED, and Scholastic’s WORDGIRL. BOOM!’s lit comix-focused imprint, BOOM! Town, recently won the Eisner Award for its first book, Shannon Wheeler’s I THOUGHT YOU WOULD BE FUNNIER.