TALES FROM THE BULLY PULPIT
This August, writer Benito Cereno and artist Graeme McDonald answer the unlikely question, "What if Teddy Roosevelt and the ghost of Thomas Edison teamed up to tackle crime on Mars?"
Tales from the Bully Pulpit, a 64-page original graphic novel with full color by Ron Riley, will ship from Image Comics. As a bonus, the book is wrapped in a Tony Moore cover.
Writer Cereno, who previously provided humorous back-ups for Robert Kirkman's Invincible, explains what led him to tackle the tale.
"Why does a man climb a mountain? Because he likes climbing things and mountains are the tallest things for climbing? No. Because the mountain is there," he said. "And there was this story about a president and a ghost traveling through time and visiting other planets just sitting there on the shelf. It's one of those old time plots, recycled since the time of Aeschylus. But no one had used it in a while, and I figured I should beat Grant Morrison to it."
Here's how Image describes the book:
"In Tales from the Bully Pulpit, Teddy Roosevelt and the ghost of Thomas Edison travel to the far-flung future on a wager, only to discover the terrible secret of space! It's a rough-and-tumble tale of science with both fists as the two race through time to liberate the Red Planet from its foreign invaders."
Kirkman encouraged Benito on the book, and also led Image to Benito's doorstep.
"Bully Pulpit is something new, different, and refreshing, and I think this industry can always use some more of that," Kirkman said. "Benito has impressed me with his work on numerous occasions and when he told me about this new idea I just had to bring it to Erik (Larsen) and Eric's (Stephenson) attention."
The book will go on sale on Aug. 18.