Al Franken is spotlighted in comic-book biographyAl Franken has avoided most national publicity since he took office in the U.S. Senate last summer, and has especially tried to stay out of the comedic spotlight.
By: Don Davis, E/P State Capitol Bureau
Al Franken has avoided most national publicity since he took office in the U.S. Senate last summer, and has especially tried to stay out of the comedic spotlight.
But others just will not allow that. There is a lot of national interest in the former "Saturday Night Live" star.
The Minnesota Democrat soon is to become the subject of a comic book-biography. "Political Power: Al Franken" will become the latest in a Bluewater Production series when it debuts in May.
“Al Franken has this reputation -- not completely unfounded, if you read the comic -- as a metaphorical bomb-thrower, a guy who hates his enemies and has an in-your-face style,” comic writer Jerome Maida said. “While I did find some stuff that would support that perception, I also found out a lot more interesting stuff that makes him a real person, a character instead of a caricature.”
Maida reports that he discovered Franken fell in love with politics at an early age and that the now-senator co-wrote the movie "When a Man Loves a Woman."
Bluewater, which will sell the comic for $3.99, also has produced good-selling ones about Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama and Ted Kennedy.