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Publisher to release Michelle Obama comic book

Anna Walters
McClatchy Newspapers (MCT)

Michelle Obama's fashion savvy may earn her a spot on a future cover of Vogue magazine.

But her political influence has already won over Bellingham, Wash.-based publishing company Bluewater Productions, which plans to feature the future first lady in the third book of its "Female Force" comic book series.

The quarterly publication showcases women who are pioneers in modern history.

Michelle Obama joins female forces Hillary Clinton and Sarah Palin, whose biographical comic books will be released early next year as part of the series.

Even though Michelle Obama has yet to move into the White House, and Clinton and Palin fell short of their political goals in 2008, Bluewater's president, Darren Davis, thinks the three women have forever changed U.S. politics.

"They've changed the way people look at government," he said. "Nobody ever thought there would be a female president. Nobody ever thought there would be an African-American first lady. Nobody ever thought there would be a female vice president, aside from Geraldine Ferraro. (They've) really changed society, so in 2012 we really could have a female president."

The book will follow Michelle Obama from her youth on Chicago's South Side to her career as a lawyer, through the 2008 presidential campaign and Election Day.

It is scheduled to be released in April 2009.

Bluewater's final "Female Force" book of 2009 will feature Caroline Kennedy, rounding out the political theme.

For 2010's books, Bluewater is planning on featuring influential woman in the media, like Barbara Walters, Oprah Winfrey and Martha Stewart.

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