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Satirist Sticks It to Prickly Presidents

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SAN DIEGO — Cartoon Network "Regular Show" writer Patrick Baker once dreamed of running for higher office. He realizes, though, that his reframing of history in "The Presidential Dickerbook" — a satirical examination of the most egregious actions of our all-too-flawed commanders in chief — makes that unlikely.  

The fully illustrated guide, which popped onto the scene on July 3 and was on full display here at Comic-Con 2015, takes the measure of each POTUS at his lowest points and ranks them on Baker's proprietary dickometer. “My mind was [on] how many people died as a result of you being rough,” Baker told HOH about his personal yardstick.  

Mark Russell’s ‘Prez’ Hits the Ground Running

SAN DIEGO — What’s a 19-year-old political neophyte to do after getting propelled into the Oval Office by a viral video-obsessed electorate? The short answer is anything and everything satirist Mark Russell can throw at her in his reboot of the civic-minded comic, “Prez.”  

DC Comics originally toyed with the concept of how an underage POTUS might operate back in 1973 with “Prez: First Teen President;” the short-lived experiment was unceremoniously pulled from spinner racks after just four issues. A lot’s happened since then. And Russell, whose previous work, “God Is Disappointed In You,” presents an irreverent reinterpretation of the Bible, is excited to make the most of his shiny new soapbox.  

‘Sharknado 3’ — a Most Patriotic Disaster Flick (Video)

   

SAN DIEGO — Donkeys and elephants had their shot at uniting the country. Filmmaker Anthony C. Ferrante believes the Great White will succeed where all others have failed.  

Patrick Leahy Pops Up in Latest Batman Teaser

When “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” explodes onto the big screen next spring, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy will most likely be able to once again watch himself contribute to the mythology of his favorite caped crusader.  

The Vermont Democrat, a diehard comic book fan, has appeared in four prior Batman movies dating back to Val Kilmer’s lone turn behind the mask in “Batman Forever.”  

Jeb Bush, Scott Walker Comics in the Pipeline

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The independent publishing house expects to release its illustrated look at former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush this August.  

   

‘March’ Team Prods Youths to Change the Future (Video)

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“When you see something that is not right, you must disturb the order of things,” the Georgia Democrat implored the hundreds of kids who gathered on July 12 at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation to hear from the visiting civil rights icon.  

Lewis, in town to promote the second installment of his autobiographical graphic novel, “March,” at Comic-Con International, spoke to a group of at-risk youths who live in a world far removed from the pop culture spectacle.

John Lewis Grooms Next-Generation Activists at Comic-Con (Video)

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The Georgia Democrat returned to the pop culture smorgasbord on July 11 to promote the second installment of his illustrated biography, “March.” Lewis co-wrote the ongoing series of graphic novels, which chronicle the life-threatening situations he often found himself in throughout the civil rights era, with right-hand man Andrew Aydin.  

The duo has been working for several years now with artist Nate Powell on a trilogy of books detailing Lewis’ ongoing crusade to vanquish inequality, an arduous journey that’s routinely visited pain and suffering upon the 15-term lawmaker’s person but has never succeeded in crushing his spirit.  

Graphic Artist Sparks Impromptu Bernie Sanders Rally at Comic-Con

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Mario Prado, a printing wiz currently smitten with 2016 presidential hopeful Sen. Bernard Sanders, doesn’t see that as such an absurd proposition.  

“Comic-Con attracts a lot of nerds. Nerds are very much on top of politics,” the printing shop owner told CQ Roll Call of his decision to stump for the Vermont independent.  

2016 Presidential Contenders Could Clean Up at Comic-Con

Nothing against the fine people of Iowa, New Hampshire and the handful of other electoral proving grounds aspiring commanders in chief crisscross for months on end leading up to Election Day, but pols are doing themselves a serious disservice by not pressing the flesh at Comic-Con International  in San Diego.  

Sure, pop culture can prove problematic for the socially awkward.  

John Lewis to Resurrect Historic Look for Comic-Con

Dressing as one’s favorite fictional character is part of the allure of attending Comic-Con International. Come Saturday, Rep. John Lewis intends to get into the spirit of things by giving dedicated cosplayers a peek at what real heroes wear into battle.  

The Georgia Democrat is returning to the fantasy fest to educate attendees about “March,” a three-part series of graphic novels chronicling his decades-long fight for equality.