Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel
Storytellers: Chuck Dixon, Brett R. Smith, and Sergio Cariello
Publisher: Regnery Publishing
Year of Publication: 2016
Page Count: 112
What I Learned About Writing/Storytelling: Chuck Dixon and company managed to take a work of popular non-fiction, written by a reporter and columnist, and turn it into a more-or-less compelling graphic novel. If I learned anything from reading this book, it’s that comics, being the versatile medium that it is, is more than capable of handling more substantial content, in this case, reporting mixed with political satire. Unfortunately, most of the jokes fall flat, and the comic itself reads more like an illustrated abridged book than an actual comic. Mr. Dixon and company would probably have had more success in my book if they had tried to tell a more convention story rather than providing an extended series of illustrated info-dumps.
What I Learned About Art/Storytelling: The art style used for this book stayed toward the middle of the road on the sliding scale of the cartoonish and the realistic. That worked well for the story, which is meant to be a funny and unsettling take on rather serious contemporary American political intrigue. Insofar as art is concerned, it helped communicate the story well. In regards to that element of the graphic novel, there is nothing wrong with it.
Notes/Review/Synopsis: Politics aside, I personally didn’t find Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel to be particularly funny or unsettling. Sure, it’s got goofy illustrations and it pokes fun at various politicos and cronies, but I just didn’t find anything worth laughing at. If I were in Mr. Dixon’s shoes, I would have focused on a particular episode in the Clintons’ sordid political careers (as covered in Clinton Cash) and constructed story, be it funny or unsettling, out of that specific incident. That would have a lot of great humor potential.
Incidentally, my dad thought it was incredibly funny that somebody made a graphic novel based off of a work of non-fiction. He wasn’t laughing at the comic itself, but at the fact that it had been made at all. Go figure.
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