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Elizabeth Warren, Wonder Woman

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Elizabeth Warren is a wonder woman in so many ways.  A Harvard professor, lawyer, consumer advocate, former chair of the Congressional Oversight Panel and a vital advisor in the implementation for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, she’s currently running for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts.  Last night was her first primary debate where she squared off against Bob Massie, an entrepreneur and one-time candidate for lieutenant governor; Alan Khazei, co-founder of the City Year youth program; Tom Conroy, a state legislator; Marisa DeFranco, an immigration lawyer; and Herb Robinson, an engineer.

With so many important topics like the national debt and budget, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the numerous other ills affecting us, a hot topic had to be asked, “If you could be a superhero, who would you be?”  Warren’s answer?  Wonder Woman.

Such a cool outfit, and the bracelets — they were the whole thing for me.

The winner of the primary gets to take on current Senator Scott Brown in 2012.  You can read more about the debate here or catch some of her answer in the video below at the 1:29 mark.

(via The Mary Sue)

Census Uses Comic Book to Reach Immigrants

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Ze BrasilThe Census is pulling out all the stops to get people to return the 2010 census.  On top of television ads and radio spots, mass mailings and internet ads, add comic books to their arsenal to get people to return their forms.

The comic book, written in Portuguese, targets the Massachusetts Brazilian community and assures them that the firm is indeed confidential and that by filling out the form they benefit by receiving more funds for items like schools.

But not everyone is happy about the tactic.  Fausto da Rocha, cofounder of the Brazilian Immigrant Center in Allston, called the comic book “disgusting.”  Going on to further explain that, “I work to boycott the census. We want the government to work to legalize first and count second.”

Vera Dias-Freitas, a long time activist in Framingham, disagrees saying nearly all Brazilians she knows have agreed to support the population count.  She likes the idea of the comic book, even though she at first thought it was aimed at children.

Brazilian members of the census staff came up with the idea for the publication and contacted award-winning cartoonist Daniel Nocêra, a native of Brazil who lives in Boston.

“Zé Brasil & Tião Mineiro,’’ the two stars of his comic, are everyman characters, The kid about needing an extra form for their many apartment mates

Distribution is massive. Any places where Brazilians already get Portuguese-language publications, they have provided free copies of the comic book.

There has been calls to boycott the census after calls and promises of immigration reform have gone unanswered by the new administration.

“Politicians broke their promise to us,’’ said da Rocha, who supports the boycott. “We don’t have access to higher education, we don’t have access to driver’s licenses. Why do you want us to be counted if we don’t have any of these kind of rights?’’

The cartoon characters were created in 2005 by Nocêra and have appeared in Brazilian newspapers around the country

Twitter Fun: Larsen and J. Scott Campbell

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We keep telling you Twitter is the place to be when it comes to lifting the veil of what goes on the the heads of some of the biggest names in the comic book industry.  Erik Larsen (who’s no stranger to airing his political views) decided to sound off about the latest election in Massachusetts as well as the recent Supreme Court decision concerning political speech.  J. Scott Campbell also chimed in with a nice dig in response to Larsen.

You can follow Erik Larsen at http://twitter.com/erikjlarsen and J. Scott Campbell at http://twitter.com/JScottCampbell.  And that’s the latest installment of Twitter Fun!

Twitter Fun: Ed Brubaker Takes on Democrats

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Ed Brubaker is an amazing writer bringing us classics such as Criminial, Gotham Central, Iron Fist and Captain America (probably the greatest run ever for the series).  Many of his comics have a political tinge and the writer is more than willing to express his views on his Twitter account.

Case in point.  With the recent special election on Massachusetts the Democrats proved once again they can snatch defeat from victory (and that firing circles haven’t gone out of style).  Brubaker decided to speak out on the subject.

Also this exchange took place:

g_willow – @brubaker I’m breaking up with Barack. I’ve had it with this party.

brubaker – @g_willow I feel you. This is why I never join anything.

You can follow Ed Brubaker on Twitter at http://twitter.com/brubaker.  And that’s this installment of Twitter Fun!