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IDW Ships New Printing of Barack Obama Bio Comic

By The Editor
Dec 1, 2008 - 5:34



Due to unprecedented demand, IDW Publishing ( has published a special edition of its best-selling political comic biography PRESIDENTIAL MATERIAL: BARACK OBAMA (Author: Jeff Mariotte/Artist: Tom Morgan). 

The book, which quickly sold out during its initial print run in October this year - will be in comic book stores December 3, 2008 and can also be pre-ordered on  The new edition features a silver President Elect foil-stamped seal on the cover.

“The demand for the Obama book has exceeded our expectations by a wide margin. Despite aggressively overprinting, it is now sold out and we are going back to press. This has been an incredibly exciting roll of the dice for us, and we’re delighted the book has captured the public's imagination," said Scott Dunbier, IDW’s Special Projects editor.  

This compelling biography (together with its companion comic, Presidential Material: John McCain) received glowing reviews from the Los Angeles Times and USA Today, amongst others. 

From the LA Times: (The Obama, McCain comics) “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.

Obama’s life story begins with his childhood and young adult years, communicating his struggles as a youngster of mixed-race heritage growing up with a single mom. The intellectual zeal that made Obama the first African American president of Harvard Law Review is a strong undercurrent but, like the McCain story, the compromises, detours and stumbles are left in; we see an aimless, teenage Obama scoffing at the idea of college and then later, after he was shellacked in an expensive 2000 campaign, there's the scene of him getting his credit card denied while trying to buy a plane ticket to the Democratic National Convention.”

Limited supplies of Presidential Material: John McCain and the FLIPBOOK (which present both candidates stories) are still available from  To find your local comic book store, call 1800-comicbook.

Presidential Material: Barack Obama, 32 pages, DIAMOND ITEM CODE: OCT088029, $3.99

Obama author Jeff Mariotte is an award-winning, bestselling writer of more than 30 novels, including original supernatural thrillers River Runs Red and Missing White Girl, horror epic The Slab, and Stoker Award nominated teen horror series Witch Season, as well as books set in the universes of CSI: Miami, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Supernatural, Spider-Man, Superman, and Star Trek.  He is a veteran comics author, including his original Western series, Desperadoes


J Scott Campbell cover for Presidential Material: Barack Obama.






















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