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Obama Superhero Cartoon!

JibJab rules the tubes. The best animators on Earth have now created a Barack Obama Superhero masterpiece. Enjoy.

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President Obama appears in upcoming Army of Darkness Comic Book.

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Is it just me, or does President Obama look rather peeved? I guess you would too if they unleased a slew of undead warriors and made Ash come to your rescue!  Here’s the solicitation:

ARMY OF DARKNESS: ASH SAVES OBAMA #1 (OF 4)
SKU: C725130125354
Price: $3.50
Rating: TEEN+
Covers: Todd Nauck, SURPRISE GUEST ARTIST
Writer: Elliot Serrano
Penciller/Inker: Ariel Padilla
Colorist: TBD
Genre: SUPER-HERO, HORROR
Awards: None
Publication Date: AUGUST, 2009
Format: Comic Book
Rights: WW
Age range: 16+
Diamond Code:
UPC: 725130125354
RETAILER INCENTIVE #1: FOR EVERY 10 COPIES ORDERS, RETAILERS WILL RECEIVE A BLACK AND WHITE SKETCH EDITION OF THE TODD “SPIDER-MAN #583 PRESIDENT OBAMA ARTIST” NAUCK COVER!
SKU: C725130125361 UPC: 725130125361

RETAILER INCENTIVE #2: FOR EVERY 25 COPIES ORDERS, RETAILERS WILL RECEIVE A NEGATIVE ART EDITION OF THE TODD NAUCK COVER!
SKU: C725130125378 UPC: 725130125378

ALSO AVAILABLE: FOIL EDITION AT THE NET COST OF $10.00!
SKU: C725130125385 UPC: 725130125385

He’s faced them all, but Ashley J. Williams is about to face the greatest horror of his entire deadite-kickin’ career – a comic book convention! But this ain’t any ol’ comic book convention, this one features a special appearance from the President of the United States of America – Barack Obama! How do things go from there when Ash and Obama are in the same place at the same time? And did we happen to mention that the Necronomicon is there doing the thing it does best – turning ordinary humans into the demon possessed undead!

This special Army of Darkness mini-series event is written by Elliott (Army of Darkness/Xena) Serrano, illustrated by Ariel Padilla and features covers by Todd (Amazing Spider-Man) Nauck and a Surprise Guest Artist!

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Another Obama in Marvel Comics: Bo joins the Pet Avengers in August.

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Bo Obama, the presidential pooch, will be featured in the August issue of Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers:

LOCKJAW AND THE PET AVENGERS #4 (of 4)
Written by CHRIS ELIOPOULOS
Penciled by IG GUARA
Cover by KARL KERSCHL
Variant Cover by NIKO HENRICHON

They’ve been up/down/around/about/forward/backward. They’ve gone to the jungle/ocean/Central Park/outer space. They’ve scratched/pawed/clawed/gnawed their way throughout all existence, ALL for this moment! Now they’ve FINALLY found all of the Infinity Gems…so what’s a moon-puppy to do when he’s given all the power in the universe?

FIND OUT HERE!!!!
Featuring a VERY special presidential puppy appearance!
32 PGS./All Ages …$2.99

This will be the third appearance of an Obama in the official mythology of superheroes, following a Marvel team-up with Spider-man and a DC Comics Superman costume change. Those Obama guest spots will follow, right now I need to show you the 1991 Infinity Gauntlet cover to which Lockjaw is paying homage. Whoof!

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Obama Lifts Cuba Travel Restrictions.

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(Cuba Collage by fxtx.)

Living in Miami, this is BIG news.

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama directed his administration Monday to allow unlimited travel and money transfers by Cuban Americans to family in Cuba, and to take other steps to ease U.S. restrictions on the island, a senior administration official told The Associated Press.

The formal announcement was being made at the White House Monday afternoon, during presidential spokesman Robert Gibbs’ daily briefing with reporters. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the announcement had not yet been made.

“There are no better ambassadors for freedom than Cuban Americans,” Obama said in a campaign speech last May in Miami, the heart of the U.S. Cuban-American community. “It’s time to let Cuban Americans see their mothers and fathers, their sisters and brothers. It’s time to let Cuban American money make their families less dependent upon the Castro regime.”

I was in the room to hear those quotes. It was a very refreshing, intelligent approach that promised a new day rising for the beautiful island directly to our South. Here’s hoping that I can vacation there soon.

Cuba Libre!

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President’s Day for the Win!

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This is the first time in my current 47 years that I feel a direct connection to our Commander in Chief. Looking back on the campaign, it is a very special time to be an American.

Especially since Captain America’s lost shield has finally been revealed.

Happy President’s Day, to one and all!

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DC Comics: Barack Obama Really Is Superman.

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That panel is from Final Crisis #7, and it speaks for itself. Thanks DC Comics, I wondered about that.

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Marvel Comics Teams Up Obama with Spider-Man!

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He was born 33 days after me, and we both geek on superheroes.

Now he gets to pal around with Peter Parker.

Barack Obama collected Spider-Man comics as a child, so Marvel Comics wanted to give him a “shout-out back” by featuring him in a bonus story, said Joe Quesada, Marvel’s editor-in-chief.

“How great is that? The commander in chief to be is actually a nerd in chief,” Quesada said. “It was really, really cool to see that we had a geek in the White House. We’re all thrilled with that.”

Thrilled? More like ecstatic. Comic books are our modern myths, and our real-life political hero is about to become legend.

Obama has said that as a child, he collected Spider-Man and Conan the Barbarian comic books. His Senate Web site used to have a photo of him posing in front of a Superman statue.

The Obama story is a bonus in Marvel Comic’s Amazing Spider-Man #583, available in comic book shops nationwide on Jan. 14 for $3.99 and is expected to sell out, with half the covers devoted to Obama.

So what do you think? Is this too much? The crass commercialization of a movement? Pop culture overload? Or…

Is this cool, or what?

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Taking Your Life Into Your Own Hands.

I get happy.

I was waddling around Daily Kos this morning, feeling good about the fact that I have jury duty in Federal Court tomorrow. I found two quotes that matched my hopeful happy mood as I face the rest of my life ahead.

The first is by someone dying of pancreatic cancer. 2009 will be his last year, yet he has this message for the rest of us:

As for the last part — people feeling sorry for me. I do appreciate your good feelings, but please know this: The last number of weeks as I was building toward the obvious answer of my condition has been a time of astonishing clarity for me. It is almost as if the world is brighter, the grass is greener, the sky is bluer.

While I have tried to live a fulfilling life, and as much as I dedicated myself to things that mattered,  I now see that I also wasted time on things that really weren’t important. The things that matter are so clear to me. I have come to recognize that life is divided between those things we can control, and those things we can’t. The secret of life is to recognize and accept those things that cannot be controlled, but to work like hell on the things that can be controlled to insure they come out as the most fulfilling as possible.

That is why I made my post. I cannot control my cancer. I know this. There really are no options that would not entail wasting my last months. But I can, in my own small way, contribute to making sure our community never loses sight of the things that matter, of the things we can change. We have total control over what we fight for. We should never waste time. Our world has been so damaged — we have to direct our power toward helping people — through health insurance, jobs programs, justice for all. Those are the big items. And we have the power to make sure things change.

But we also have the opportunity to change our own lives. Life is a glorious, wonderful thing. There is so much beauty and awe in this world. Please, whatever you do politically, remember to find the joy in your life. It’s there, and it is in your control to reach it. Grab hold of it and never let go. And if you do, it doesn’t matter when you die. Yours will have been a life well lived.

That is some seriously sage advice. I could not have said it better myself. As I take stock of my life well lived this morning, I am fulfilled by something that started exactly one year ago yesterday. Barack Obama had just won the Iowa caucuses, and America was beginning to remember what it is like to hope for the future while toiling in the present.

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“I know you didn’t do this for me. You did this because you believed so deeply in the most American of ideas: that in the face of impossible odds, people who love this country can change it…

“My journey began on the streets of Chicago doing what so many of you have done for this campaign and all the campaigns here in Iowa: Organizing and working and fighting to make people’s lives just a little bit better. I know how hard it is. It comes with little sleep, little pay, and a lot of sacrifices. There are days of disappointment but sometimes, just sometimes, there are nights like this…

“You’ll be able to look back at this night and say that this was the moment when it all began… when the improbable beat what Washington said was inevitable… This was the moment when we finally beat back the politics of fear and doubt and cynicism, the politics where we tear each other down instead of lifting this country up. This was the moment. Years from now, you’ll look back and you’ll say that this was the moment, this was the place where America remembered what it means to hope. For many months we’ve been teased, even derided, for talking about hope. We always knew that hope is not blind optimism. It’s not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It’s not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, to work for it, and to fight for it.”

So, today and every day from here on, let’s remember to reach for it, work for it, and fight for it. Whatever “it” may be for you, this quote from a dying man can guide you through. It’s so nice, I want to hear the same song twice.

… remember to find the joy in your life. It’s there, and it is in your control to reach it. Grab hold of it and never let go. And if you do, it doesn’t matter when you die. Yours will have been a life well lived.

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(“Joy” by sa-cool.)

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Limited Edition Obama Winter Hat is The Coolness.

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 Yikes, there goes all my shopping money. My list is done. Donate $25 to the Democratic National Committee and give The Coolness to everyone you know.

Ho, Ho, Ho!

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Superheroes in Love: Barack and Michelle Save the World!

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Something has happened to love. Over the course of history, it has gotten distilled.

Sanskrit has 96 words for love; ancient Persian has 80; Greek has 3; and English has only 1. Modern man continues to experience an infinite variety of emotional states, but a single 4-letter word has taken them all upon its back.

That is a heavy responsibility for such a little word. Love is strong; it does not shy away from the challenge. Love is alive today in every place on Earth. We can even find it flourishing in Vs. System.

Vs. System is a trading card game blueprint that builds its walls with myth. Comic book superheroes provide the most powerful and longest-lasting myths of history’s Modern Age. Our pulp-based heroes and villains do not command our worship, but they do command our attention.

If we want to remember what it was like to honor myths as deities and partners, we simply need to look to Ancient Greece. During that age, people didn’t just play on the kitchen table with cardboard representations of their heroes—they interacted with them directly.

Although we have, for the most part, lost our belief in the power of mythological gods and goddesses, we still derive hours of entertainment from our modern imaginary superheroes—and they still get frisky when it comes to love.

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That introduction was written for Valentines Day two years ago on the mothership. This morning I was inspired to dig it up in honor of a real-life superhero couple that is on the verge of saving the day for the whole world.


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Vidya Rao has written a spectacular article for NBC’s Today Show website, documenting the overwhelming sense of revolutionary love that we have been getting ever since Barack and Michelle Obama first burst into the public spotlight together during the Democratic primaries.

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It started with the fist bump seen ’round the world. Soon there were stories of rousing family Scrabble battles and date nights, in spite of election mayhem. Then President-elect Barack Obama referred to his wife Michelle as “the love of my life” during his election night victory speech, embracing her tightly and kissing her afterwards, while millions of people worldwide watched.

“They took a moment to face each other, to kiss and hold one another, regardless of the magnitude and spectacle of the night,” said Camille Washington, a Bay Area blogger on Soulbounce.com, a music and culture site. “That says a lot.”

The Obamas represent a welcome change as an openly affectionate and romantic couple for many Americans. Some experts say that the soon-to-be first couple embody the ideal healthy relationship, and that they can stir up love around the country.

“Michelle and Barack are so obviously in love it’s actually helping me to believe in love again.”

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We could not agree more, and it is one of the main reasons we put everything we had into getting these superheroes into the White House. Sure, they are just people like you and me, but they will be role models for an entire planet… and beyond.

Kathlyn Hendricks, author of several books including “Conscious Loving” and “Lasting Love.”, says…

“The model of harmony, shared humor and easy communication that the Obamas reveal really is a new model — if ordinary citizens practiced this each day, our world would transform very quickly in positive directions.

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It is, perhaps, the most exciting part of the Legacy Content being created by our new President-Elect. Love returns to the highest office in the world, and its healing power washes over every human being. If the aliens are watching, they will surely see a change in the energy field. Which leads me to a question.

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Which comic book characters have the healthiest relationships, and what superheroes do Barack and Michelle Obama most closely embody with their love?

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President Obama, the Artist.

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My formal education was focused on Fine Arts, yet I consider every person an artist. No matter what you do or how you do it, you have your own sense of style.

But.  If we do not rescue the Arts at this turning point in our nation’s history, our cultural identity will be reduced to basic marketing and data processing. We will all still be artists, but we won’t be any good.

When it comes to the visual arts and Arts education, we are in trouble. The struggling economy combines with an emphasis on high-stakes standardized tests to strangle the creativity from our national voice. Arts programs and teachers are being cut from the system like blooming branches, leaving nothing but a bare trunk.

That is the main reason I focused all the energies I had on electing Barack Obama as President of the United States. After our completely exhausting, yet utterly satisfying victory, the new website change.gov was launched. I rushed over to see how the platform for the Arts contained in my first link had been preserved. Boy, was I in for a surprise.

Before I go any further, I would like to introduce the work of Michael Murphy, exhibited in the Blackridge Gallery at Georgia College & University. The magnificent drawing at the top of this post is his, and his wire sculpture knocks my socks off.  Mike was gracious enough to give me permission to host his stuff here, but you really need to visit his site to get the full effect. Again, that’s www.mmike.com. It will enrich your soul.

The swirling uncontrolled greed that George W. Bush and his cronies unleashed on our nation has depleted the resources necessary for the Arts to thrive in our schools. Barack Obama understands that “The Art Spirit” needs to have a home in education and in our culture as a whole. He clarified his position a bit more within an issues page on change.gov, and he actually admitted that he considers himself an artist!

Barack Obama’s Plan

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Our nation’s creativity has filled the world’s libraries, museums, recital halls, movie houses, and marketplaces with works of genius. The arts embody the American spirit of self-definition. As the author of two best-selling books – Dreams from My Father and The Audacity of Hope – Barack Obama uniquely appreciates the role and value of creative expression.

At first I was conflicted. Whoever wrote “as the author of two best-selling books” should have known how crass and common that pitch would sound. When I calmed down enough to understand what it was trying to say (taking out the “best-selling” would help for me) I realized that basically…

Our new President Elect considers himself an artist. As should we all.

John Lee took that photograph. It was two years ago, as Barack the Artist was sharing his work with an appreciative audience during a book signing. His chosen medium has changed drastically in 24 months. He will now be molding the clay of the entire planet.

Of course the tiny blurb about the Arts on the new website is nothing substantial. It is still more than we have heard from anyone this close to the ability to enact real change. Combined with the call for feedback sitting one click away from it on the page, it is more than enough for me.

Our cries have been heard, and understood, and championed by a fellow creative soul. President Obama, we salute you. Artist to artist.

By Joe Raedle, right down here in Miami.

By schwa242 at deviantart.com.

By artumus-gonzo at deviantart.com.

By roberlan at deviantart.com.

Whatever your style, whatever your most important issue, make sure you click around on change.gov until you find something to add to the new national suggestion box. There is a new day rising for feedback between the government and its people. Be creative with it, and express yourself. We are all artists in our own way. And now we have a President who understands that.

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Barack’s Big Blue Beatdown.

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Now THAT is a beautiful blue. Look at Indiana! I am out of bed just long enough to check my email, and it is overflowing with joyous celebration. This is my favorite.

For all the work you did, the long nightmare is over and I can’t communicate in words how much I appreciate it. Tonight I’ve wept for joy, I’ve hooped and hollered and I feel like this is the most important day of my life. I feel like this is the change we’ve all been waiting for and this man may be the most important man to live in my lifetime. Thank you, very much.

My dear friend, you are more than welcome. Thank you for capturing this feeling so perfectly. It’s a great day to be alive, and a great day to be an American.

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