Thursday, July 31, 2008

Comics 'n' politics

I would be remiss if I didn't show you guys this interesting story - seems a dude in Kansas named Sean Tevis wants to run for a seat in the Kansas Legislature but couldn't figure out how to raise much money. So he wrote a webcomic about himself and his campaign to get publicity, and damn it all if it didn't work like a charm.

It's intentionally supposed to feel like xkcd, and some of its nerdier jokes do fall flat, with the feeling that they were only inserted for the sake of making a nerdy joke (the rickroll one, in particular). Nonetheless, it's an intriguing idea, and I wish Mr. Tevis luck. It appears to be working as a fundraising tool, though I do worry about knockoffs in years to come. It's a very clever way to get attention, and a lot of it is funny, so take a look.

several months later update: Ah crap, he lost. But he did better than Obama or the Democratic Senate candidate in that area, so that's something at least.


  1. I ran for the same seat in 2004 and did very poorly- 30% of the vote- but then again my campaigning style was basically 100% canvassing since I raised roughly $80 in contributions. I was also 21, near-socialist, and running in the eighth wealthiest/evangelical county in the country.

    But yeah, Tevis '12!

  2. Woah. that's pretty cool. If you need to get publicity via a webcomic critique blog then YOU KNOW WHO TO ASK.