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Webcartoonist and activist Nicholas Ivan Ladendorf pits his wit against big party dollars.
Nicholas Ivan Ladendorf isn’t your typical comic book artist. “I’m using Op-Ed style comics to reach voters” explains Ladendorf who is running as a Progressive in the race for the house seat for Missouri’s 7th district. The medium allows Ladendorf to be more playful with his message, and he is having fun with it. In the introduction of his campaign site,www.NILvsDCbs.com, the candidate is wearing a mousekateer hat and his icon for discussing gun control is an M-16 on a leash with spiked collar. Even with this ‘edu-taining’ approach the candidate takes on some serious topics such as abortion and abolishing the federal reserve. Ladendorf is quick to point out “The site will continue to grow with the campaign. I have more to say and I’ll draw on this reservoir of additional issues as soon as the artist in me deems them presentable.”
Ladendorf has his work cut out for him. The Progressive Party isn’t as recognizable as the major parties and has the additional restriction of not being able to accept donations from special interest. Ladendorf will use the comedy circuit and the internet with a strong message to level the playing field. “I’m planning on hitting a lot of open mics until momentum takes over and I can speak at bigger venues. I haven’t done a lot of public speaking but I predict my town hall meetings are going to be reminiscent of the ‘A Night with Kevin Smith’ series”