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President Bill Clinton to Provide Blurb for Top Shelf and Cong. Lewis’ March

March-cover-100dpi.105340One of my most anticipated graphic novels of this year is Top Shelf‘s March created by Congressman John Lewis, the legendary civil rights icon. The graphic novel is co-written by Andrew Aydin with art by Nate Powell.

Along with the fact the graphic novel can now be pre-ordered, it has also been announced that March: Book One will feature a back cover blurb from none other than the 42nd President of the United States President Bill Clinton! To the best of our knowledge, this is the first graphic novel ever endorsed by an American president:

President Clinton has said:

Congressman John Lewis has been a resounding moral voice in the quest for equality for more than 50 years, and I’m so pleased that he is sharing his memories of the Civil Rights Movement with America’s young leaders. In March, he brings a whole new generation with him across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, from a past of clenched fists into a future of outstretched hands.

This graphic novel is also getting lots of coverage. Congressman Lewis will appear on The Colbert Report on its release day, August 13th. He’ll then head over to CNN to promote it as well. This is a first time guest will be on Colbert to specifically promote a graphic novel. Something we’ve been pushing for a while now.

The Congressman will also be touring to promote the graphic novel, starting before its even out.

  • BookExpo America in New York (speaker at VIP author breakfast with Chris Matthews, Diana Gabaldon, and Helen Fielding, Saturday June 1)
  • American Library Association Annual Conference in Chicago (featured auditorium speaker, Saturday June 29)
  • Comic-Con International in San Diego (special guest, July 20-21)
  • National Conference of African American Librarians near Cincinnati (closing keynote speaker, August 11)

And that’s just the start.

One of Congressman Lewis’ chief goals for the March trilogy is to engage the next generation of readers, in order to keep the lessons of the civil rights movement alive. So Top Shelf is proud to present an 11-page Teacher’s Guide to March: Book One, developed by comics/education expert Peter Gutierrez, packed full of resources for using this graphic novel in the grade 6-12 classroom and beyond. It even includes correlations to national & state standards for English and Social Studies! Teachers and librarians can download this guide today, absolutely free, and get ready to teach March: Book One in the fall.

That’s a hell of a promotion for a graphic novel, sounds pretty close to what we’ve been calling for, for a long time. Hats off to Top Shelf and can’t wait to read this.

President Clinton Comic Book Retailer?

Speaking before the National Retail Federation‘s (NRF) 101st Annual Convention & Expo, former President Bill Clinton recalled his first job, being a comic book retailer.  From Convenience Store News:

The former U.S. chief then recalled his first retail job, working for a grocery store at age 13. He subsequently talked the grocery store owner into allowing him to set up his own retail business within the store that sold used comic books. “I had two chests filled with perfectly preserved comic books,” he recalled. “During the months I worked at the grocery store, I sold every one. I made about $100 and I felt like a millionaire. I now know I was a fool. If I had saved those comic books, they’d be worth $200,000 to $300,000 today. But it was a good experience.”

So, turns out President Obama wasn’t the first Commander in Geek.

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The Supreme Court decided yesterday that video games are protected free speech like movies, books and comic books, so we’ve got that going for us…. While you were out partying in celebration, here’s the news you might have missed.

Around the Blogs:

The Mary Sue – Former President Bill Clinton Knows Everything About My Little PonyJust accept the fact the man knows all.

Bleeding Cool – Frank Cho Wins An Emmy. And Doesn’t He Look Pleased.Congrats on the award!

Graphic Journos – Behind the Scenes of the Interactive Nisoor Square ComicI always like to check out the behind the scenes of how comic books are made and what goes into them.

Con Coverage:

Bleeding Cool – Wizard World Drops Out Of Canada Comic ConInteresting….

Around the Tubes Reviews:

Saffron Walden Reporter – Captain America: Hail Hydra!

Mouth London – Snow Trap

Review – Resurrection #8

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Resurrection #8Marc Guggenheim has shaken up what would of been an average alien invasion/post apocalyptic story with the introduction of President Clinton as a main character.  The story has quickly shifted from surviving in a destroyed world to what happens to the government that’s filled the void when the last President of the United States returns.  Constitutional crisis’s and issues with succession abound.  But the story isn’t bogged down by arcane law that you’d never learn in the most advanced political science class.

But this issue deals with the events of last issue with the discovery of Baltimore, Spock and their statuses.  President Clinton must deal with the loss of his family and the possibility of losing his country.  And we learn a little bit more as to why he was locked in the vault.

The “Church of the Cosmos” arc continues as Bill Clinton takes revenge on the Bugs for the deaths of Hillary and Chelsea and Susanne has an encounter with Book One fan favorite, “Spock.”.

Plot: Marc Guggenheim has crafted an original tale in what could easily have been the usual “post destruction of the world” story.  The introduction of President Clinton as a character didn’t just up the possibilities of where stories can go but also added tension.  What’s even more brilliant is President Clinton is sharing the role of the “every person.”  To think the President of the United States can realistically fit that role shows the strength of Guggenheim’s writing ability.  Rating: 8.75

Art: Justin Greenwood’s art in this issue is better than the last few.  He’s been approving and becoming more consistent.  While there are times characters might not look like themselves it’s no longer a drag on the overall product.  It’s not the greatest but this is a series you’re reading for the story, not for the art.  Rating: 7

Overall: Again Guggenheim has thrown the series in a twist with the introduction of Baltimore and what that represents.  The series is now not s straightforward world post alien invasion, but now perspective has been added into it.  Is one person’s slayer another’s savior?  Overall Rating: 8

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32    Price: $3.99     Release: Wednesday 2/17/2010

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

Choice Quotes

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Barack the Barbarian #4

Bill – Ha! We’ve got the Elephant cultists on the run, Manny!

Cultist 1 – How could this happen to us?  Shouldn’t they be grateful to us for our fiscal responsibility?

Cultist 2 – Or our superior understanding of global economic and diplomatic finesse?

Cultist 3 – If we can just make it to the warehouse, we can hide under the tea bags!


Barack the Barbarian – It is a goddess!  But how is she also a treasure?  And what exactly… does she want from me?

Hilaria – Her name is Liberty.  And she wants you to re-light her torch.


Barack the Barbarian – She’s right.  A sword might help you win liberty, but it takes more than that to sustain it.

Black Panther #12

News reporter – …calling itself the Desturi have overthrown the government of Wakanda in what is being called a ‘nearly bloodless coup’.  All Ambassadors have been recalled and all foreigners have been ordered out of the country immediately…

Cinderella: From Fabletown With Love #3

Aladdin – But even so, Islam is not nearly as restrictive as you in the west might think.  In many ways, we are even more progressive than you.

Cinderella – Tell that to the pair of tourists arrested in Dubai last year for drinking orange juice in public during Ramadan.  Or what about the Afghani women jailed on charges of “illegal sexual relations” after they’d been raped by strangers?

Aladdin – That’s hardly fair.  You’re judging an entire belief system by the actions of a few extremists.

Review – Resurrection #6

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Resurrection #6Marc Guggenheim’s Resurrection could easily just fall into the convention of a post apocalyptic world.  With his introduction of President Clinton as a regular cast member the focus is no longer a tale of survivors, but instead a story of rebuilding a nation ravaged by an alien invasion.  How does the return of the last President of the United States affect the landscape?  Can he bring all the factions together?

In the back up feature, we’re treated to a tale of one person’s mission to save “important works of art” for future generations.

From Oni Press:

After the dramatic attack on Red Lion, the survivors of the alien occupation have found a surprising player in the battle to restore civilization. But will conflict within their ranks rip them apart? Plus: What is Sara Lisco’s secret?

Plot: Marc Guggenheim has crafted an original tale in what could easily have been the usual “post destruction of the world” story.  With the introduction of President Clinton as a main character, the focus is no longer another Mad Max, instead we’re given political intrigue as our rag tag team attempts to reestablish leadership in a destroyed nation.  But, behind it all is a sense of foreboding that maybe not all’s right with oru protagonists. Rating: 8.75

Art: Justin Greenwood’s art is a drag on the series  While 99% of it is good, the occasional panel doesn’t look like the character it’s supposed to be.  For the most part Greenwood’s art is a pleasure to look at and doesn’t distract from Guggenheim’s story.  President Clinton is recognizable though not “picture perfect.”  The artwork for the series has been at least consistent.  Rating: 6.5

Overall: The introduction of President Clinton as a regular cast member is a political nerd’s dream.  The twist of a nation rebuilding after an alien invasion with a focus on the political ramifications is original and entertaining.  The series is worth a read from a writer well known in the comic and television industry.  Overall Rating: 7.75

Recommendation: Buy

Page count: 32    Price: $3.99     Release: Wednesday 1/6/2010

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

Review – Resurrection #5

Resurrection #5 CoverMarc Guggenheim’s Resurrection continues this week with the release of issue 5.  After the last issue’s revelation that President Clinton is still alive and well post alien invasion and occupation, the survivors must protect Clinton from the Road Agents in hopes of rebuilding the United States.

Oni Press’s official plot description from the press release of the issue:

The secret of Red Lion has been revealed! But is it too late? An attack by the barbarous Road Agents threatens to destroy the best hope the United States has for its own resurrection.

While the issue is primarily action, I’m sucked into seeing how Guggenheim will write the former President and the world he weaves pre-invasion/occupation, during the invasion/occupation, and post invasion/occupation.

Story: This is a pure action issue as the group must get President Clinton to safety.  What’s fantastic is even with this being a straight action issue, we learn more about Ben’s past and are left with a pretty unexpected ending.  What would be a boring action issue with little plot is book-ended with a fantastic opening and ending.  There’s also something fun seeing President Clinton wielding a pistol. Rating: 8

Art: As I said in my previous review of the series I’m not the biggest fan of the art but it’s growing on me.  The biggest draw back of this issue is random action panels that just show guns shooting from cars that doesn’t quite seem to add anything to the narrative. Rating: 6.5

Overall: I’ve become a fan of the series regardless of the involvement of former President Clinton.  The mix of the current turmoil, alien occupation, and the pre-invasion/occupation world weave an excellent narrative where you don’t know what will happen next. This issue Rating: 7.5

Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

Bill Clinton’s Resurrection

This week sees the release of issue #4 of Marc Guggenheim’s series Resurrection.  This issue is notable because it introduces former President Bill Clinton as a regular cast member.  This is not a publicity stunt, this is not a one-off, this is the 42nd President of the United State as a full time cast member.

Tensions mount as Red Lion is attacked by Road Agents. How will Susanne deal with the sudden arrival of her worst nightmares? The turmoil forces Ben and Sara to follow Morrell into the deeper recesses of the Red Lion Bank, where they discover the stakes are much, much higher than they knew.

I had a chance to read an advance copy of the upcoming issue and here’s my take:

Story: I’ve enjoyed Guggenheim’s story so far as it’s focus isn’t society in the immediate face of danger but instead how they deal when the danger has abated.  He’s consistently brought up the issue of Presidential succession, and the philosophical question of what makes up a country.  It very much reminds me of the television series Jericho which I was a huge fan of. Rating: 8.5

Art: The art is definitely the weaker spot of the series with inconsistent drawing.  The style is reminiscent of what you’d find in Hellboy but not as stylized.  It’s not bad, but not great. Rating: 6

Overall: If you enjoy post-apocalyptic stories or the television series Jericho, this comic book series is for you.  There’s just the hint of political process in the ongoing story of line of succession and constitutional rights with a nice mix of action. This issue Rating: 8

Recommendation: Buy

Oni Press provided Graphic Policy with an advance copy of this issue for FREE for review.

President Clinton Joins Resurrection

Marc Guggenheim has written some good books and television shows.  His run on Young X-Men was underrated and Eli Stone was a television series that just never quite caught on and was canceled too soon.

His Oni Press series Resurrection gets a Presidential boost when the 42nd President of the United States joins the cast in issue #4.  The series takes place after an alien invasion and ten year occupation of Earth.

Oni has revealed that President Clinton will join the series as a regular cast member in the next issue.  His entrance will further complicate the struggle of rebuilding society post-invasion. Comic Book Resources spoke with writer Marc Guggenheim about what the President’s appearance will mean for the “Resurrection” cast.

President Clinton first appeared in the series in the first issue of volume 2.  While addressing the nation from Air Force One he was attacked by alien invaders.  What he’s been up to since that attack will be a central mystery of the series’ latest arc.

“I don’t want to spoil too much, obviously, but he does survive the crash landing of Air Force One. But there’s a very real question of whether he’s in charge of the country after that point,” Guggenheim told CBR.

With numerous groups jockeying for control of a rebuilding society how does the return of the last American President affect the order of things?

“One of the questions I want the characters to ponder is whether the Constitution is a document that can survive its physical destruction. Are laws something that are written down, or are they part of something more enduring? Interesting questions that I hope will make for an interesting story.”

There have been numerous appearances of Presidents in comic books with President Obama becoming a fad lately, helping to boost sales.  This might be the first instance of a President becoming a regular cast member of a series.

“For me, the challenge is remembering to write him the same way I would write any of the other characters in the book and not shy away from moments that make him seem real, human and/or vulnerable,” Guggenheim said. “The whole point in bringing Clinton into the book as a regular cast member is to treat him like a regular cast member. It’s tempting to put him on some kind of presidential pedestal, but even the ‘real life’ Clinton is, after all, just a man. I’m not making it a story point or anything, but he puts his pants on one leg at a time, y’know?”