In a story ripped from the headlines, TidalWave Comics is proud to announce the addition of a biography of Volodymyr Zelenskyy to its popular comic book series featuring political movers and shakers. “Political Power: Volodymyr Zelenskyy” will be released on May 20th. A portion of the comic book will be donated to the International Red Cross in honor of the crisis in Ukraine.
Written by Michael Frizell and drawn by Pablo Martinena, this 22-page book is available digitally and in print and can be found on multiple platforms. A special hardcover collectible of the comic book will be available.
TidalWave has profiled politicians for more than 11 years using the unique storytelling properties of comic books.
A former actor and comedian, Volodymyr Oleksandrovych Zelenskyy serves as the sixth president of Ukraine. At the height of his popularity on national television, playing the president in The Servant of the People, he unseated the incumbent president by running on an anti-corruption platform – and Russia watched. For years, tensions between Ukraine and Russia brewed as the larger nation aggressively annexed the Crimean peninsula while Ukrainians made social changes that distanced themselves from Russian norms.
“This was a challenging script to write. The publisher and I wanted to focus on the man beyond the media’s current focus – Ukraine’s war with Russia and Zelenskyy’s battle of wills with Putin. Who is he? What makes him tick? Why is he the right leader for Ukraine at this moment? Those are the things I was curious about when I started the research,” said writer Michael Frizell.
“This book means a lot to me because of my Ukrainian heritage. Both sets of my grandparents immigrated from Ukraine. I wanted to use this medium to not only tell a story but to somehow donate to the cause at the same time,” said publisher Darren G. Davis. “It does not hurt that Volodymyr Zelenskyy has a fascinating story.”
The biography comic format allows TidalWave’s writers to delve into the history of newsworthy figures and explore what shaped them. Several media outlets, including CNN, FOX News, The Today Show, Time, and People, have featured the company’s line of biographical comic books.
“As a reluctant reader, I found the comic book form easy to access, so I always believed comics could both entertain and teach,” Davis said.
The latest biography comic book joins TidalWave’s ever-growing library of more than 200 comic book biographies. Previous titles have profiled Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Condoleezza Rice, George Bush, Justin Trudeau, Nelson Mandela, and Elizabeth Warren, among others.
Print copies of the biography comics are available on Amazon. Digital versions are available from iTunes, Kindle, Nook, ComiXology, Kobo, and wherever e-books are sold.