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NYC Council Member Ben Kallos Sends Out a “Superhero Alert” Stating “He Can Do This All Day!”

New York City Upper East Side Democratic City Council Member Ben Kallos is an admitted geek. Back in 2013, he built a website for a Battlestar Galactica themed Passover seder.

"I can do this all day" gif

Today, his campaign for Manhattan Borough President sent out an email “Superhero Alert.” The fundraising pitch has a Captain America theme even quoting the iconic superhero stating “he can do this all day!” in the subject line. The quote comes from Captain America (or Steve Rogers) standing up to “bullies” numerous times in the film showing he’s a fighter no matter the odds.

It’s always fun to see politicians weave in comic culture into their campaign and fantastic to see many more wearing their fandom on their sleeves.

Check out the full email below (with email addresses removed):

From: Superhero Alert via Team Kallos
Date: November 15, 2019 at 8:35:27 AM EST
Subject: he can do this all day!
Reply-To: Superhero Alert via Team Kallos


Yeah, sure, we could have said “not all heroes wear capes” but we thought it was important to get straight to the point.

In all seriousness, while Captain America was pretty busy fighting Hydra, sleeper agents, Loki, Ultron, and Thanos, Ben’s been fighting for everyday New Yorkers.

He’s taken on corruption by forcing politicians to give up outside income, won campaign finance reforms, and stood up to billionaires building supertalls for other billionaires that would leave the rest of us in their shadow. He’s been fighting for New Yorkers, making sure that everyone has equal opportunities to succeed all while opening more school seats and affordable housing, and improving commutes.

But he doesn’t have the Hulk to help him—he has you! And now, Ben’s hoping to continue to fight the good fight as Manhattan Borough President—so before our next big fundraising goal on November 30th, can you make a contribution so our campaign is ready for whatever comes our way?

And while the real Captain America has super strength, Ben’s power comes from us.

This campaign won’t be funded by real-estate developers or corporations. That’s why we’re hoping we can count on you (and a few hundred boots on the ground!) so we have what it takes to shield him from whatever comes his way.

And like Captain America, he can do this all day, but we’ve got to make sure he’s got the resources to keep fighting.

{{FirstName or ‘Please’}}, make a contribution today.

Thanks, True Believers!

Team Kallos

Oni Press’ Draw Out the Vote is Here

Why rock the vote, when you can draw it? Oni Press has launched Draw Out the Vote, a free state by state comics voting guide to view, download, print, and share, available now! Join creators Kiku Hughes (ELEMENTS: Fire – A Comic Anthology by Creators of Color), Jarrett Williams (Super Pro K.O.!), Bianca Xunise (The Nib), Shamus Beyale (Ghetto Klown), Melanie Gillman (As The Crow Files), Christina “Steenz” Stewart (Archival Quality), Natalie Riess (Space Battle Lunchtime), Arigon Starr (Super Indian), Terry Blas (Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom), Rashad Doucet (Alabaster Shadows), and more, discussing a variety of topics centered around the act of voting.

Fifty-two different artists explore what voting, politics, and living in American mean to them in this collection of black-and-white comics. Cartoonists from each state (plus Washington, DC and Puerto Rico) were invited to contribute to the project, which Oni hopes will increase voter awareness and encourage comics readers to vote in the November midterm elections. Included with each comic are instructions on how to register to vote in each state—as well as what to do to actually vote, and other things to note that may affect your ability to vote. (Can you wear a campaign shirt to the polls? Can you vote if you have a felony conviction?) Voting is our civic duty, and Oni Press wants to make it as easy as possible for people to register and vote in 2018.

Wrestler Kane, aka Glenn Jacobs, Wins Mayoral Bid for Knox County, Tennessee

While we don’t regularly cover wrestling, we do have a political bent, so we bring the news that the Big Red Machine is heading to the Mayor’s office. Glenn Jacobs, who is better known as the WWE wrestler Kane, won his bid for Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee.

Jacobs beat his opponent by a wide margin garnering 51,804 versus the Democratic nominee Linda Haney’s 26,224. Jacobs won the Republican primary by just 23 votes over fellow Republican Brad Anders.

Knox County is the home to Knoxville and the third-most populous count in Tennessee.

Jacobs originally wanted to play pro footbally but a knee injury ended those dreams. Instead, he focused on wrestling and spent years in local promotions before joining the WWE in 1995. He debuted “Kane” two years later.

Jacob’s new position isn’t a strange turn for a wrestler. Jesse Ventura was elected governor of Minnesota on the third-party Reform Party ticket in 1998 and served as mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota from 1991 to 1995. B. Brian Blair was elected Couty Commissioner in 2004 for Hillsborough, Florida. Rick Steiner won for school board for the Cherokee County School District in 2006. Ludvig Borga spent seven years on the Finnish Parliament. The recently deceased Nikolai Volkoff ran in 2006 for Maryland State Delegate but was unsuccessful. Jerry “The King” Lawler ran for Mayor of Mepmphis and garnered 11.7% of the votes coming in third. Bob Backlund ran for Congress in Connecticut in 2000 as a Republican and lost. Linda McMahon, the CEO of the WWE ran for U.S. Senator in Connectict losing with 43% of the vote. She’s currently a member of the Trump Administration heading the Small Bussiness Administration. Antonio Inoki was an extremely successful politician whose career began while he still competed in the ring. He was elected to the Japanese House of Councillors in 1989 and even led a one-man mission to Iraq in 1990 to negotiate the release of Japanese hostages with Saddam Hussein.

Cosplayer Cara Nicole Trujillo Loses Her State Representative Bid

In March we covered the elected office run of Cara Nicole Trujillo who was running for State Representative in the 26th District in Arizona. Known as the AZ Powergirl, Trujillo was running as a member of the Green Party.

Unfortunately Trujillo couldn’t pull it off and came in fourth garnering 11.59% of the vote. Not bad for a newcomer!

Arizona has a system where two individuals are elected to each House district and currently both seats for this district are held by Democrats.

Beyond cosplaying, Cara has created books, appeared on national television, radio and print ads, was the model for the Magic: The Gathering’s Emmara Tandris card, and travels internationally to conventions where she not only tables but also teaches panels on Cosplay Safety, The Business of Cosplay, as well as mentors many newer costumers to grow in the business as well is the co-founder and co-owner of 183 Degree Studio.


Ron Perlman Announces his 2020 Presidential Campaign

Yes the 2016 election just ended, but it’s never too early to start looking ahead at the 2018 and 2020 elections! Beyond Donald Trump’s reelection campaign and Kanye’s announced campaign, we’ve got a third celebrity to enter the 2020 Presidential Campaign. Ron Perlman posted on Facebook announcing his candidacy and then followed up with some picks.

So, for fun, what lessons could President Perlman learn from the various characters he’s played?

Don’t Hang Up on Make Mark Ruffalo. You Wouldn’t Like Him Angry.

Actor Mark Ruffalo who plays Bruce Banner/The Hulk has lent his voice to the Progressive Change Campaign Committee to help find volunteers and get out the vote for this Tuesday’s election. The actor channeled his green on-screen alter-ego in the call:

Hi, this is actor and climate change activist Mark Ruffalo, calling with the Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Please don’t hang up. That will make me angry. You won’t like me when I’m angry.

The actor is a regular when it comes to progressive causes often lending his voice, time, money, and star-power for environmental causes especially.

You can listen to the full call below:

Cosplayer Running for Arizona House of Representatives

Cara Nicole who’s also a cosplayer known as AZ Powergirl has announced that she’s running for the Arizona House of Representatives in District 26.

Beyond cosplaying, Nicole has created books, appeared on national television, radio and print ads, was the model for the Magic: The Gathering’s Emmara Tandris card, and travels internationally to conventions where she not only tables but also teaches panels on Cosplay Safety, The Business of Cosplay, as well as mentors many newer costumers to grow in the business as well is the co-founder and co-owner of 183 Degree Studio.

She’s running as a member of the Green Party and is currently looking for individuals not registered as Democrats of Republicans to sign her petition to run. Often candidates have to gather signatures, with restrictions as to who can sign, to get on the ballot.

Arizona has a system where two individuals are elected to each House district and currently both seats for this district are held by Democrats.

(via The Beat)

The Political Machine 2016, Out February 4

The Political Machine 2016 will be released February 4, just a few short days after the Iowa Caucuses. The video game from Stardock Software is a political simulator that has you choosing your candidate, or create your own, and pits you in a head-to-head  race in the general election.

There’s lots of issues and influences that will determine how well you do, much like real life elections.

Make your run for President of the United States! Take a stance on current issues, stretch the truth, and smear your opponents as you climb your way to the top of Capitol Hill!

Choose one of over a dozen presidental candidates or create your own ideal candidate. Give speeches, go on talk shows, hire unsavory operatives and do whatever it takes to win on election day.

In the game you use power and money to purchase ads and influence voters, and allows you to challenge friends in a multiplayer mode. The simulation uses census data and real issues to test your political abilities.

The video game is available in Early Access on Steam for $9.99.

(via GamePolitics)

Bernie Sanders Supporters Descend on San Diego Comic-Con

SDCC15-Bernie-SandersEach year I head to numerous conventions all around the country and I wonder where are the political parties. With tens of thousands of individuals in one area, it’s a perfect opportunity to whip up support, get the word out, and sign up some voters. Well, it seems like at least one set of supporters of a candidate had the same idea and headed to San Diego Comic-Con to do just that.

Supporters of Bernie Sanders 2016 were on hand at the convention to show their support for the Presidential candidate for the Democratic nomination. The group brought along a cardboard cut-out of the candidate, and made a poster of Sanders made up to look like Doc Brown from Back to the Future (though they left it at home). Instead they created a poster with a Mad Max theme that pitted the candidate against the Koch brothers which you can see to the left.

The group handed out 1,500 Bernie stickers and posters as well as a flyer going over Sanders’ 12-point plan. The impact is unknown as most con-goers will grab just about anything handed to them (my luggage back from the convention is a perfect example of this).

While the impact of such activity is unknown, it’s good to see a candidate’s supporters getting out there and trying to raise awareness. Engaging the geek community instead of just using them to score pop culture hits is a nice change of pace. Hopefully others will get a clue and engage.

(via The Daily Beast and Roll Call)


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