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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 05/11/2009

'Superhero' Michelle Obama: Armed & Dangerous

By Michael Cavna

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?

'FEMALE FORCE' (Bluewater)


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."

By Michael Cavna  | May 11, 2009; 11:00 AM ET
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I think the comic cover looks quite a bit like Michelle Obama - they've caught the mouth and the eyes very well. There is something off about the proportions of the face though and the hair isn't anywhere poufy enough. I think the hair changes the whole look of her face. Overall though for a comic a pretty good job.

I think sponsorship of comic pages is a fabulous idea. I'd chip in some just to make the comic pages large enough to read.

Posted by: elyrest | May 11, 2009 11:39 AM | Report abuse

According to the article at
Shirley Carswell will become Deputy Managing Editor of the Post, and Milton Coleman will become Senior Editor. Will this re-shuffling of staff (among those who remain after the buy-outs and layoffs, of course) have any effect on the comics? Might we dare to hope that they will finally be edited by someone who at least has some vague idea what the strips **are**, so that Frazz can rejoin Agnes in the grown-up funnies and Peanuts reprints can move to Kids' Post in its place? Or will the comics continue to be edited by folks who, when they need to decide which strips to publish, pay outside firms to conduct surveys of people who don't care, since that relieves the editors of the odious task of ever actually **reading** the funnies?

Posted by: seismic-2 | May 12, 2009 1:35 AM | Report abuse

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