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Politicians at the Comic Book Store

For comic book publisher Bluewater Productions, it’s not superheros that bring in the big bucks, it’s politicians.

According to a piece on Politico, the publisher has sold 130,000 copies of a comic about Michelle Obama. “She competes with Justin Bieber just a little bit,” Darren Davis, the company’s president told Politico about the bestseller.

Comics about other politicians are also popular sellers. Politico has more: “More than 25,000 copies of both Clinton and Palin’s comic books were sold, and Davis and Schultz haven’t looked back since, going on to produce comic books on political figures including Colin Powell, Ronald Reagan, Bill O’Reilly, Caroline Kennedy, Al Franken, Nancy Pelosi, Michelle Obama, Arnold Schwarzenegger and George W. Bush.”

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Senate Confirms Perry Mason Fan

0091sesg.jpgBy a 68 to 31 vote, the Senate has confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the country’s newest Supreme Court Justice–putting a fan of the televised adventures of Perry Mason on the nation’s highest court.

Sadly, most of the articles about Sotomayor’s love for Mason focus on television episodes, rather than the work of author Erle Stanley Gardner, the Ventura, California civil rights lawyer turned pulp fiction scribe who created the series. This year the U.K. publisher House of Stratus resurrected a number of his books, including “The Case Of The Restless Redhead.” Amazon.com doesn’t list any recent American reprints of Gardner’s massive output, but perhaps the confirmation hearings will stoke readers’ interest.

Here’s more about the Sotomayor and Mason, via the NY Times: “Once sworn in, Justice Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic named to the court. And perhaps its biggest fan of the old Perry Mason shows. Fitting then that Senator Al Franken, Democrat of Minnesota, was presiding over the Senate’s vote at one point today, since he and the judge shared their fond memories of the series during her hearings.”

Al Franken Backlash

When the Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that author and comedian Al Franken had won his U.S. Senate seat yesterday, the Internet simmered with a mix of jubilant, angry, and relieved posts.

On the Morning Media Menu, ABC News’ senior political reporter Rick Klein analyzed both sides of the debate. One GalleyCat reader had these thoughts: “We are living in a US nightmare. Too many crazy Dems in political office … and now a crude comedian. Please, someone make a time machine and take me back to the Dark Ages, when times were better.”

Even GalleyCat editor Ron Hogan tweeted his opinion: “Dear Republicans: A party that holds Fred Dalton Thompson in high esteem can just shut the hell up about Al Franken, thank you very much.”

Minnesota Court Rules for Al Franken

200px-Frankenidiot.jpgThis afternoon the Minnesota Supreme Court unanimously decided that comedian, author, and Minnesota Senate candidate Al Franken should receive the election certificate that would give him a seat in the United States Senate –ruling that Franken won the highly-contested race.

According to the Star Tribune, the ruling upheld a lower court’s decision rejecting Republican Norm Coleman‘s claims that he had unfairly lost the close election last fall. Franken is the author of bestselling political books like “Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right” and “Rush Limbaugh Is a Big Fat Idiot”

Here’s the court’s ruling: “Franken received the highest number of votes legally cast and is entitled [under Minnesota law] to receive the certificate of election as United States Senator from the State of Minnesota.”