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Barack Hussein Obama

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Author: Steven Weissman
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 7.25" x 9.25"
Colors: full color
Year: 2012
Publisher: Fantagraphics
ISBN-10: n/a
ISBN-13: 978-1-60699-623-2
Additional Details: n/a

Price: $22.99


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One of's "Favourite Comics, Art Books and More of 2012"

Ranked #2 (tie) on Boing Boing's "Best Damn Comics of the Year" survey

Ranked #20 on Comic Book Resources' "Best Comics of 2012"

Honorable Mention on Publishers Weekly's "2012 Graphic Novel Critics' Poll"

Named "Most Presidential Comic" of 2012 in ComicsAlliance's "Stephanie Brown Memorial Awards"

Ranked #2 by Kevin Huizenga and #9 by Nathan Bulmer in Paste's "Comic Relief: Paste's Favorite Writers & Artists Pick Their Favorite Comics of 2012" survey

One of Mark Burrier's Top 5 Comics of 2013 at the Atomic Books Blog

What does it mean to live in America today? If you know there’s no right answer to that question, you’ll want to read Barack Hussein Obama — a book about you; about your country, your family, your president.

Barack Hussein Obama is not a graphic novel. It’s neither a biography nor an experiment, but a whole, fully-realized parallel America, a dada-esque, surrealistic satirical vision that is no more cockeyed than the real thing, its weirdness no more weird, its vision of the world no more terrifying, where the zombie-esque simulacra of Joe Biden and Hillary and Newt and Obama wander, if not exactly through the corridors of power, through an America they made and have to live in, like it or not.

American cartoonist Steven Weissman takes from the lives of the leader of the free world, his friends, his family, his sworn enemies, and gives them a new life that is both withering and oblique, devastating and contemplative, chaotic and pellucid.

Before you lose your will to vote, read Barack Hussein Obama.

(And after you've read the book, see our book club discussion questions.)

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Links to Reviews and Features

“Immediately attention grabbing… This comic isn’t afraid to get weird and builds humorous private characterizations of these ridiculously public figures.” – The Daily Texan

Barack Hussein Obama is a beautifully poetic (and haunting) comment on our country’s current situation.” – Comix Cube

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