In 2010, an obscure, 32-year-old, socially awkward, unemployed African-American Army veteran, who had been kicked out of the service and was living with his father in the South Carolina countryside while facing federal pornography charges, spent a significant portion of his life’s savings on the filing fee to run for U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary. His goal: to challenge incumbent Tea Party kingmaker Jim DeMint. Alvin Greene didn’t campaign. He didn’t even have a Website. No one knew who he was. Until — and exactly how is still being disputed — he won.
Alvin Greene lost the general election against DeMint, but not without becoming a household name. His story highlights everything that’s right and wrong with American politics today. On one hand, he’s proof that there’s a place for the "everyman" at the center of political power in the free world. On the other, his win is evidence of the mass apathy, confusion and ignorance coursing through the American electorate.It’s a story that has everything: A man against the odds, accusations of election rigging, federal investigations into bank accounts, sex, the social stigma of mental health and political intrigue all amid swirling racial undertones and a Deep South setting.
As we approach another election season, culminating in the spring 2012 presidential primaries and the general election the following November, voters need to understand the story of Alvin Greene. His is a cautionary tale, and a diagnosis of a sick political system. THE ACCIDENTAL CANDIDATE— a black-and-white graphic novel of approximately 100 pages — will reveal everything.
THE ACCIDENTAL CANDIDATE traces the Forest Gump-like rise (and fall) of Alvin Greene. It's co-written by veteran comics scribe David Axe and Corey Hutchins, the South Carolina reporter who chronicled Greene's bizarre story, from start to finish, for the local and national press. Art is by Ryan Alexander-Tanner.
Our goal is to serialize the comic online beginning in early 2012, following that with a print edition in the spring. We need at least $1,000 as seed money -- all of which will go to Ryan, to keep a roof over his head while he labors over a hundred pages of art. We're offering original art as rewards.
Check out the first three pages of the book, above and below:
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