While we don’t normally cover the popular Netflix show House of Cards, we do cover politics so it feels right to cover Democrat Archie Parnell who is attempting to win in South Carolina’s 5th Congressional District, the same seat the fictional Frank Underwood held on the show.
The online comical ad features the show’s theme music, reproductions of Kevin Spacey‘s dramatic soliloquies and memorable lines.
Michael Kelly, the actor who plays Doug Stamper on the series, tweeted Parnell’s ad showing approval. In the show, Stamper is Underwood’s White House chief of staff and former director of strategy.
Parnell is a former congressional staffer and business official with Goldman Sachs and Exxon Mobil.
South Carolina legislators are trying to punish two public colleges for assigning Alison Bechdel‘s praised graphic novel Fun Home. The story deals with Bechdel’s childhood and her closeted gay father and her own coming out as a lesbian.
The state’s House budget-writing committee approved cuts on Wednesday of $52,000 to the College of Charleston and $17,142 from the University of South Carolina Upstate.
Those reductions is about what each college spent on their programs that involved the graphic novel as well as other selections on homosexuality. In USC Upstate’s case, they assigned Out Loud: The Best of Rainbow Radio for a required course for all freshmen. The course also featured lectures and other activities.
Rep. Garry Smith said:
I understand diversity and academic freedom. This is purely promotion of a lifestyle with no academic debate.
The House Ways and Means Committee defeated by a vote of 13-10 an effort by Republican Rep. B.R. Skelton to restore the money. Skelton felt this sort of retribution was inappropriate action from the elected officials.
Skelton is a retired Clemson University professor and said:
If we’re going to begin funding institutions on the basis of books they’ve assigned, we’re going down a road we don’t need to go down.
Rep. Jim Merrill, a Republican felt the whole thing was “stupid” and only to make them “feel better.” That didn’t stop him from voting down Skelton’s attempt to restore the funding.
Skelton felt he wanted to make a point and offered an amendment to force the legislators to approve every book on a college reading list. He then pulled the amendment before a vote took place.
It’s new comic book day tomorrow, what are folks getting?
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Alvin Greene’s improbable candidacy for U.S. Senate. Taking on sitting Senator Jim Demint, his race for South Carolina‘s Senate seat started off weird and has only gotten odder. With spending little money, almost no campaigning and no website, Greene won the Democratic nomination, defeating Vic Rawl and garnering 55% of the vote.
An uproar occurred over this long shot win, but Greene was certified the nominee. Oh yeah, did we mention Greene received an involuntary honorable discharge from the U.S. Army, is unemployed, lives with his father and on August 13, 2010, it was announced that he had been indicted on criminal charges of showing pornographic pictures to an 18-year old female college student?
But, what does this have to do with comics!?
With the help from Bob Raymond, Greene has been running a graphic novel on his campaign website depicting himself as the “Ultimate Warrior.” Four pages have been released so far.
The series sees Greene discharge because he spoke out about issues he saw with intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. According to his Wikipedia page:
During Greene’s time in the Air Force he received numerous poor evaluations from his superiors. The evaluations stated Greene was an ineffective leader who lacked organization and was unable to express thoughts clearly.
While the art is actually pretty decent (the pages are much better than the picture shown above), the story is hilariously bad. It jumps from his discharge to seeing a family being evicted with him finally chasing down the bad guys only to be distracted by a young women doing research. The tool they use to allow you to view the pages doesn’t even work all that well generating a small picture of the intended page.
Weird is an understatement in describing this candidacy and candidate.