Leapin' Lizards! Health Care Reform to Become a Comic Book

President Barrack Obama talks about healthcare reformA new comic book to explain President Obama's health-care reform is coming! It's being written by Jonathan Gruber, the MIT economist behind many of the reform's concepts!

We're talking in exclamation points because we hope the comic book borrows from the over-exclamation of such hallowed comics as Rex Morgan, MD and Mary Worth!

OK, the new venture may not go that far, says a Pulse report in the Boston Herald, but the idea of a 2,400-page document being reduced to splashy-colored panels with captions ought to amuse -- no matter on which side of the aisle you sit.Gruber promises lots of pictures and text. That's because it's a graphic novel, a long-form comic book. But that doesn't mean it's a novel-novel, as in fiction. Gruber says he'll be using facts to tell the tale.

It already has a catchy title: Health Care Reform: What It Is, Why It's Necessary, How It

V for Vendetta, which could be the title of choice for some opponents of the overhaul, was already taken.

The comic is expected out in the fall. Gruber said getting the message to regular folks that the way we've been taking care of our own is unhealthy, is long overdue. Many Americans are one accident or one disease away from losing everything they own, he said in the article.

The publisher, Hill and Wang of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, said graphic novels have a proud tradition of presenting complex stories in a more digestible fashion.

In 2006, two comics industry veterans, Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon, collaborated to create The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation. This 130-page graphic novel took mountains of information, and, using text and illustrations, turned it into a much more accessible account of what actually happened that fateful day in 2001.

As for the Health Care Reform effort, we can just picture Gruber signing a copy at Comic Con for someone in a Darth Vader mask.

We can't wait. I mean, we can't wait!
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