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Obama, McCain in comic book mode

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As comic books continue to gain more respect as teaching tools, it should surprise no one that they now aspire to interest young readers in the political process.

As the Monitor's Kendra Nordin noted in her blog earlier this summer, Idea & Design Works in San Diego, Calif., is coming out with Barack Obama and John McCain comic books. Phoenix, Ariz.-based Atomic Comics has now announced that the books will go on sale as of Oct. 8.

The books, which will sell for $3.99 a piece, have 32 full-color pages each and both seem to tell their stories respectfully. (Sample pages can be seen online at the Atomic Comics website.) "Presidential Material: Barack Obama" details Obama's rise from "humble beginnings" to the Democratic nomination for the presidency. "Presidential Material: John McCain" tells the story of his experiences as a prisoner of war in Vietnam and his entrance into politics.

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