Comics and the Election 2012

After record attendance at this year's E3 and Comic-Con, the comic industry is taking a novel approach to next year's election
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We’re still recovering from out trips to this year’s E3 and Comic-Con 2011 in Los Angeles and San Diego to celebrate everything gamer and geeky and all in between. We found out that even the comic book industry is taking a stab at innovating for next year’s election. Comic book creator, DECISION 2012 has launched a new campaign for November to debut the industry’s first straw poll with biographical comic books for all of the top candidates in next year’s presidential race. The decision to run the winning comic book is up to fans and print runs of each series will be announced next month.

Consumers, political cartoon fans, and comic experts can pre-order their favorite candidate’s comic before September 29th from their local comic store and the book with the biggest print run wins DECISION 2012’s contest.

"The DECISION 2012 line of comic books has something for everyone," said Chip Mosher, Marketing and Sales Director for DECISION 2012. "For those political junkies that love a good horse race, we have comic book's first straw poll. For those voters and our young soon-to-be-voters, we have some great non-partisan biographical comics on all the major candidates, announced and waiting to be announced, in the presidential 2012 race. And finally, for the comic book collector we have a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime collectible.”

This comic-book inspired tool is geared to voters and students who want an innovative way to learn about candidates and who are looking for information about each individual. Interestingly enough, the DECISION 2012 line of comics is an imprint of BOOM! Studios is working to educate the younger generation while also taking a novel approach to offer unbiased and neutral resources about a topic that can be oftentimes difficult to understand. Comic book artists also get to widen their designs when drawing political candidates and take a break from drawing peculiar creatures and typical cartoon characters.

The books give non-partisan background on President Barack Obama and such presidential hopefuls as Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Sarah Palin, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. We’ll be interested to see if this trend becomes the norm for future elections.

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