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Tuesday, June 20, 2006

A Different Kind of Political Panel

As someone who's running for Congress, I found this entry in Rich Johnson's Lying in the Gutters column rather interesting.

Cartoon advertisement for Jim Webb, Virginia candidate for U.S. Senate

Excerpt from "How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way" by John Buscema

Notice any similarities? And Rich doesn't comment on it, but that final panel looks familiar too. Not unlike a Kirby pose, such as this one. Can anyone place it?

Personally, I think there's great potential in comic-format political advertising. But 'borrowing' panels for official publications isn't a good way to explore a new medium.

And this isn't the only controversy to come out of this flier. Webb was also accused of anti-semitism, although I think he's innocent of that charge.

Webb won last week's Democratic primary.