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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

Teaparty – Tea Titans

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Mad Magazine has decided to take aim at the Tea Party with it’s Tea Titans parody.  The latest super group is made up by Sarah Palin, Joe Miller, Christine O’Donnell, Carl Paladino, Rand Paul and Sharron Angle.

If this is what’s protecting us, we’re doomed and shit out of luck.

Tea Titans

George W. Bush Defines His Own Legacy In New Comic Biography


Former President George W. Bush will define his own legacy in his own words as the featured subject of an upcoming issue of Bluewater Productions’ Political Power biography comic series.

Political Power: George W. Bush, scheduled for release in December, recaps the eight years of the Bush administration using excerpts from Bush’s speeches, interviews and public appearances, his autobiography and other sources.

Considered by many to be among the United States’ most divisive presidents, Bush’s reign in the White House was riddled with controversy from the start. From questions of the legitimacy of his 2000 election, to his inflexible stance on the ‘war on terror,” his administration’s definitions of torture and freedom, responses to domestic crises like Hurricane Katrina, and the declining economy, this issue lets Bush’s own words frame his story.

“People have strong feelings about Bush.  He’s both vilified and hailed,” said Bluewater president, “So we thought the best way to present a fair approach to his story, was to let the man himself tell it.  No editorializing.  We will let readers draw their own conclusions.”

The issue, written and drawn by Joshua LaBello, examines Bush’s entire life story, but the crux of the issue centers around his years in the presidency.

LaBello added, “This book is not for the supporters of George W. Bush.  Nor is it for those critical of him.  It is a documentary of Bush’s time in office for the benefit of future generations.  I want my children to read this book, see what happened during those two terms, and form their own opinions, for in the words of President George W. Bush, “history will judge.”

The comic book series, which launched in July with features on Presidents Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan, former-Secretary of State Colin Powell, and Senator Ted Kennedy.

Like its sister title Female Force, Political Power strives to tell even-handed stories of the individuals responsible for shaping our way of life,” Davis added.

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?”

George W. Bush Gets a Comic

Coming in December from Bluewater Productions:

Political Power: Geroge Bush “In His Words”
Writer: Joshua LaBello
Pencils: Joshua LaBello
Cover Artist(s): Joshua LaBello

Born into a life of privilege, George W. Bush lived in the shadow of his father’s political career until finally joining the race himself.  In a Presidency riddled by controversy from the start,  George W. Bush’s reign was full of terrorist attacks and crashing economies and declaration of war.  Don’t miss this revealing look at the most controversial U.S. president in history as he recaps his two terms in his own words.

Next Comic Book Politico – Ted Kennedy

Coming this November from Bluewater Productions (the leaders in comic book biographies covering political figures) is a biographical comic featuring Ted Kennedy.  I met Senator Kennedy numerous times over my years on the Hill.  Agree or disagree with his politics his a very nice gentleman, with some very fun dogs (don’t ask).

TEDKENNEDYPolitical Power: Ted Kennedy #1
Writer: Brent Sprecher

Pencils: Alejandro Figueroa

Cover Artist(s): Patricio Carbajal

Bluewater Productions spotlights one of the icons of American politics, Edward “Ted” Kennedy, in the latest edition in the wildly popular line of POLITICAL POWER biography comics. Often overlooked as a child, and in constant competition with his highly successful brothers, Ted Kennedy has survived the “Kennedy curse” and triumphed over tragedy and scandal to become the “lion of the Senate” and the voice of modern Democratic politics.

And One More Political Comic from Bluewater


Combination comic book featuring Barack and Michelle Obama.
They’re the ultimate power couple. He’s the President of the United States. She’s the First Lady. And together their life stories have been “coupled” in a special edition flip comic book from Bluewater Productions.

First Family: The Obamas, scheduled for release October 28th, includes the unabridged issues from Bluewater’s biography comic series Political Power: Barack Obama and Female Force: Michelle Obama. A special wraparound cover by Vinnie Tartamella will combine both issues.

“Their stories are intertwined, so we thought it proper to unite their biographies into one giant 48-page issue,” said Bluewater president Darren Davis. “You read all about President Obama’s life and when you finish, you just flip the book over and you can dive into the biography of Michelle Obama.”

The respective books were penned by Neal Bailey and Chris Ward. Joshua Labello and Azim provided the pencils and inks. According to Bluewater, there will be some new artwork that wasn’t included in the original books.

Female Force: Michelle Obama, which was released in April, is currently in its third printing and is one of the more successful titles of the series. Political Power: Barack Obama was released in August to very positive reviews.

Female Force and Political Power offer broad examinations of strong and influential people who are shaping modern history and culture.

The comic book biography series, launched earlier this year, has drawn considerable media attention, including features on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and “Live with Regis and Kelly.” It has also been featured in such periodicals as People Magazine, Los Angeles Times, OK Magazine, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and thousands of blogs and other media outlets.

The suggested retail price (SRP) for the upcoming trade paperback is $6.99.

Pre-ordering is currently available at several outlets and bookstores using the ISBN #: 978-1-4276-4124-3

Female Force individual issues are also available on Amazon.com, where they have been ranked among the site’s top 300 books.

Obama, Biden and Bo from Bluewater


President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and First Dog Bo Obama will be the next subjects featured in comic books from Bluewater Productions.

President Obama and Vice President Biden will be the newest additions to the “Political Power” biographical series that showcases influential people in politics. Bo will star in his own comic book written for children.

“Political Power: Barack Obama” was painted by award-winning artist Azim Akberali and written by Chris Ward. The book will be available in August featuring two different covers. Barack Obama’s story inspired a nation, but you’ve never seen it told like this.

“Political Power: Joe Biden” was written by Wey-Yuih Loh and drawn by Jonathan Rector. The cover was drawn by Vinnie Tartamella. It will be released in September. “Political Power: Joe Biden” takes a close look at one of the toughest journeys in American politics, exploring his earlier years as a US senator and the emotional rollercoaster he faced in becoming America’s youngest member of congress.

Also scheduled for release in September is “Puppy Power: Bo Obama,” written by Paul J. Salamoff and drawn by Emmy Award winning Disney and Warner Brothers artist Keith Tucker. In his book, Bo gives children an insider’s look at the White House. Readers will discover who is the real “top dog” in Washington. There will also be two covers for the “Puppy Power: Bo Obama” comic by “Female Force: Michelle Obama” artist Joshua Labello and Keith Tucker.

Popular demand for the first two comic books in Bluewater’s “Female Force” series, featuring Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, sent both titles into a third printing. The latest installment, about Michelle Obama, also headed for a second printing.

The biographical comic series has drawn a firestorm of media attention in the past month, including features on “Live with Regis and Kelly,” CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, and in People magazine, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and thousands of blogs and other media outlets.

Two more political biographies, featuring Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, are in production and scheduled for release in the coming months.

To find a comic book store near you, go to the comic shop locator, http://www.comicshoplocator.com. “Political Power” and “Puppy Power” books are also available on Amazon.com, where the former has been ranked among the site’s top 300 titles. The suggested retail price is $3.99.

Ronald Reagan Getting the Comic Treatment

Bluewater Productions continues to pump out the biographical comics, this time Ronald Reagan gets the treatment.  From their website:

From movie star to charismatic leader of the free world, the life of Ronald Reagan will be the featured subject on an upcoming issue of Bluewater Productions’ Political Power biography comic series.

Considered by many to be either one of the United States’ greatest presidents and father of the neo-conservative movement or an out-of–touch figurehead, Reagan’s legacy still sparks debate 20-plus years after leaving office.

Political Power: Ronald Reagan, scheduled for release in October, examines Reagan’s eventful life from radio broadcaster to B-movie actor to California governor to President and includes his dignified fight against Alzheimer’s disease in later years.

“Reaganomics, the assassination attempt, “Star Wars,” the air-traffic controllers strike, Iran-Contra, and, of course, the collapse of the “evil empire” Soviet Union; wherever you may fall on the political spectrum, you must agree that Reagan’s time in office has had a profound and lasting influence on the country,” said Bluewater president Darren G. Davis.

Writer Don Smith adds “I think the crux of the book will be the assessment of whether Reagan was simply at the right place and time when the Soviet Union fell. Or was he one of the shrewdest occupants of the White House?”

The issue, penned by Smith, was illustrated by Scott Woodward. The cover art was provided by award-winning artist Azim Akberal.

The comic book series, launching in this month with a feature on former-Secretary of State and retired four-star general Colin Powell, includes planned biographies on Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Al Gore and several others.

“Like its sister title Female Force, Political Power strives to tell even-handed stories of the individuals responsible for shaping the American way of life,” Davis added.

The biographical comic series has drawn a firestorm of media attention in the past month, including features on “Live with Regis and Kelly,” CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, and in People magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post, USA Today and thousands of blogs and other media outlets.

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