A boost in traffic on social media, a new house and a dedicated plane are all perks that Joe and Jill Biden inherited after becoming president of the United States and first lady.
On Oct. 13 the couple will receive a new perk: their own graphic novel titled “First Family: The Bidens.”
This illustrated biography, published by TidalWave Comics, tells a tale about one of America’s youngest senators who climbed the ranks to become the 46th president of this country — while accompanied by a mother, grandmother and lifelong educator whose career journey was complemented by a stint as first lady.
Joe Biden has dealt with a lot of turmoil in his life, some of which has been poured into “Family First.” Some of Biden’s struggles hit close to home for TidalWave publisher Darren G. Davis.
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“Personally, I learned a lot (about) glioblastoma from when Beau Biden was diagnosed with it. Joe brought that into the public eye. Who knew a couple years later it would hit my family,” Davis told Delaware Online/The News Journal, part of the USA TODAY Network.
“My brother is now dealing with that. Having someone talk about it really helped me understand it a bit more,” Davis said.
“Family First: The Bidens” features writers Michael Frizell and Wey-Yuih Loh, with art by Joe Paradise, Juan Burgos and Jonathan Rector.
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Earlier this year, TidalWave released Biden’s solo comic book in “Political Power: President Joe Biden,” written by Michael Frizell, with art by Dave Ryan.
Last week TidalWave debuted the first lady’s first comic book in “Female Force: Jill Biden,” also written by Michael Frizell with art by Joe Paradise.
Her solo comic joins TidalWave’s ever-growing library of more than 200 comic book biographies.
“Female Force” is a series offering biographical stories about influential women who are shaping modern history and culture. Notable women in “Female Force” include former first lady Michelle Obama, actresses Angelina Jolie and Betty White and actress/singer Cher.
Davis said these biographical comics draw an audience of readers who typically aren’t into comic books. Not to mention, “Female Force” is compelling because it features books that are educational, yet entertaining.
“Not only are these good for kids to learn, but adults, too. Comic books hold a sense of nostalgia to them. Comic books also have a tendency to be a collectible as well,” Davis said.
When TidalWave is interested in spotlighting women in their “Female Force” series, the publisher examines the accomplishments these women “made to the world and how they inspire people,” he said.
Bridging a gap between pop culture and comics
When it comes to their books that are focused more on political figures, the publisher aims to be unbiased in selecting subjects from both sides of the aisle.
For example, they have books featuring former presidential candidates Sarah Palin (Republican) and Hillary Clinton (Democrat).
In addition to “Female Force,” TidalWave has its “Political Power” series, featuring Vice President Kamala Harris.
On Tuesday the publisher is releasing new books on pop singer Nick Jonas and rockers Led Zeppelin and one that highlights the ‘70s era in music featuring David Bowie, Alice Cooper, Keith Richards and Michael Jackson.
Davis said using comic books to tell biographical stories of popular people has created the best of both worlds for TidalWave.
“They are a great way to bridge the gap between mainstream and the comic book market.”