'Superhero' Michelle Obama: Armed & Dangerous
A few months back, Comic Riffs reported that Bluewater Productions would issue a "Female Force" comic book featuring Michelle Obama. Well now, Bluewater announces that its Michelle issue has sold out and that it's ordered a second printing.
The difference is that now, the cover features a sleeveless first lady. Which calls to mind Jimmy Fallon's recent quote at the Time 100 Gala of "most influential" people (flagged by our Reliable Source folk):
"There will be a new comic book featuring Michelle Obama. ... She'll play a superhero who fights her archenemy: sleeves."
And of course, there was Wanda Sykes's line over the weekend at the White House Correspondents Dinner, in defending Michelle's style: "The country's broke. Sleeves cost money!"
Now, right on cue, here's a look at the sleeveless comic cover -- though I ask 'Riffs readers: Do you think this looks like the first lady?
TROUBLE IN TUCSON TOWN: LLOYD DANGLE, creator of "Troubletown," writes to report that his feature is making the glorious transition to color. Dangle's blog also shares an encouraging story for his fellow alt-cartoonists:
Seems that Tucson Weekly, citing budget cuts, recently told Dangle it would be dropping his "Troubletown." But then the city's "hippest music venue," the Rialto Theatre put up the moolah to pay the syndication fee and keep Troubletown in the paper.
If only more music venue could afford to be so generous -- AND have such good taste. ...
SPIDEY'S TRUE CRIME: Forget Spider-Man's recent shenanigans with Electro. The real crime involves a far more heinous scofflaw: A man who paid for a rare 1963 Spidey comic book by kiting a check -- and who, after long being on the lam, was sentenced last week to seven years in the big house. So reports suburban Chicago's Daily Herald. And yes -- the Daily Herald invoked the phrase: "police spun a web."
| May 11, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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