The Accidental Candidate

The Rise and Fall of Alvin Greene

Graphic Novel Edition


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About the Book

In 2010 a 32-year-old, socially awkward, unemployed African-American Army Veteran, who had been kicked out of the service and was living with his father in the South Carolina countryside while facing federal pornography charges, spent a significant portion of his life’s savings on the filing fee to run for U.S. Senate in the Democratic primary to challenge incumbent tea party kingmaker Jim DeMint. Alvin Greene didn’t campaign, didn’t have a website and no one knew who he was.  Until he won.

About the Author(s)

Corey Hutchins, a reporter for the Columbia Free Times, is the South Carolina Press Association’s 2012 journalist of the year.

David Axe is a freelance reporter based in Columbia, South Carolina, and the author of the graphic novel War is Boring.

Blue Delliquanti is a cartoonist and illustrator based in Atlanta and the creator of the graphic novel O Human Star.

Bibliographic Details

Written by Corey Hutchins and David Axe

Art by Blue Delliquanti

Foreword by William “Jack” Hamilton

Format: softcover (8 x 7.5), graphic novel
Pages: 128
Bibliographic Info: b&w illustrations
Copyright Date: 2012
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7429-5
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0188-5
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Foreword by William “Jack” Hamilton      vii
Introduction      1
Chapter 1      5
Chapter 2      20
Chapter 3      35
Chapter 4      43
Chapter 5      63
Chapter 6      73
Chapter 7      80
Chapter 8      88
Epilogue      111
About the Creators      113
Index      115

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Long-form journalism meets sequential art in this startling and informative investigation of South Carolina politics. This is an important story that deserves wide reader attention”—Booklist
  • “I really like Blue Delliquanti’s open art and friendly figures…her faces are key to making the cast seem like real people…this graphic novel is a fun way to relive this oddity of political history.”—Comics Worth Reading