Media Release — In stores today, IDW Publishing is proud to offer Barack Obama: The Comic Book Biography, the only graphic novel telling the life story of our country’s 44th president, from infancy through the first 100 days of his historic administration. Barack Obama: The Comic Book Biography features the smash hit Presidential Material: Barack Obama, which started a craze of Obama comic books when it launched in October of 2008. The new hardcover graphic novel also includes the follow-up series chronicling the heated presidential campaign through the inauguration, and goes on to detail the first 100 days of the Obama administration.
“Barack Obama proved change can happen,” said IDW editor Scott Dunbier. “Now young people can discover how this man rose from humble beginnings to become the President of the United States. It’s a compelling story and we’re proud it has gotten so much positive attention.”
In July of 2008, IDW announced the first comic book series about the historic 2008 presidential campaign. Presidential Material was a smash hit with both fans and critics, featuring the life stories of both then-Senator Obama and Senator John McCain. Demand for the Obama book was so strong that it went through five printings. As Geoff Boucher in The Los Angeles Times said: “I’m happy to report that the stories and art inside were far more compelling than I anticipated and that these short-form biographies… deliver savvy and nimble life stories for both candidates and mostly succeed in stripping away overt partisan spin, be it home-team puffery or us-versus-them venom. The books, while short (or maybe because they are short), are fairly ideal introductions to each candidate, especially for teen readers.”
IDW followed Presidential Material with a two part series that covered the Democratic National Convention, Obama’s historic victory in November, the Inauguration, and then the newly-elected president’s first 100 days in office. Barack Obama: The Comic Book Biography collects all three stories, written by Jeff Mariotte with art by Tom Morgan. Award-winning artist J. Scott Campbell provides the cover.
Barack Obama: The Comic Book Biography (80 pages, $14.99) will be available in stores on October 28th. Diamond order code NOV09 0841; ISBN 978-1-60010-530-2.
IDW is an award-winning publisher of comic books, graphic novels and trade paperbacks, based in San Diego, California. Renowned for its diverse catalog of licensed and independent titles, IDW publishes some of the most successful and popular titles in the industry including: Hasbro’s The Transformers and G.I. JOE, Paramount’s Star Trek; Fox’s Angel; the BBC’s Doctor Who; and television’s #1 prime time series CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. IDW is also home to the Library of American Comics imprint, which publishes classic comic reprints; Yoe! Books, a partnership with Yoe! Studios; and is the print publisher for ComicMix.
IDW’s original horror series, 30 Days of Night, was launched as a major motion picture in October 2007 by Sony Pictures and was the #1 film in its first week of release. More information about the company can be found at IDWPublishing.com.