Long-form journalism meets sequential art in this startling and informative investigation of South Carolina politics. The titular subject is an unbalanced and unconnected man who was rumored to have been guided by Republicans to get his name on the Democratic ticket in South Carolina’s 2010 Senate contest. Hutchins, Axe, and Delliquanti explore the story and its lead persona with skill and a well-paced reconstruction of the extraordinary debasement of the political system, as Greene hijacked the ballot from more rational candidates to run against Jim DeMint. The black-and-white artwork provides excellent reportage of persons, dispositions, and the interplay between Greene’s delusions of grandeur and his reality. The reporters include themselves in the report, showing how and where they posed questions, as well as the responses elicited by various players. This is an important story that deserves wide reader attention as journalism, as well as providing a fine example, in a smaller frame, of the kind of work Joe Sacco has been doing for years. --Francisca Goldsmith
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About the Author
Corey Hutchins, a reporter for the Columbia Free Times, is the South Carolina Press Association's 2012 journalist of the year. David Axe is a freelance reporter based in Columbia, S.C., and the author of the graphic novel WAR IS BORING. Blue Delliquanti is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Atlanta, GA, and the creator of the graphic novel O HUMAN STAR. Dre Lopez is a freelance illustrator out of Columbia, SC part of PIENSA: Art Company.