First, from myself and arundraws, thank you to everyone who has followed us in the last month. We’re also super sorry to keep you waiting; we have lots of adventures of Nixon and Zelana already written (up to issue five!), and Arun, who is a POWERHOUSE as he pencils, inks, AND letters this comic, is hard at work putting the finishing touches on issue one. We will have at least TWO pages up for you very soon (hopefully within the next week). But don’t take our word for it, right Tricky Dick? -Brian
Hey all, I would just like to echo Brian’s thoughts and thank you all as well for your support and patience as we get this comic off the ground. The art side of it is a one man show full of its own challenges, but I’ll do my best to get these pages out the door and for the world to see! Thanks again, we’ll see you soon! -Arun
On this day in 1973, 40 years ago today, US President Richard M. Nixon told a group of Associated Press reporters during a televised question and answer session in Orlando, Florida that “I am not a crook”. This came in the context of the revelations about illegal activities by his administration in what came to be known as the Watergate scandal. It was named for the building complex which contained the Democratic National Committee headquarters which Nixon officials broke into to find out about their electoral strategies. By 1974, it became clear that Nixon had knowledge of the illegal activities, after the Supreme Court ordered he release tapes of his Oval Office coversations. He resigned in August in order to avoid almost certain impeachment.
“People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook. I’ve earned everything I’ve got”
“Reagan is not one that wears well. Reagan on a personal basis is terrible. He just isn’t pleasant to be around. Maybe he’s different with others. No, he’s just an uncomfortable man to be around…strange.”
On this day in 2005 Vanity Fair revealed the identity of the secret informant on the Watergate scandal, Deep Throat, as former FBI Associate Director Mark Felt. In the early 1970s, Felt provided Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein with information regarding President Nixon’s involvement in the scandal, which led to the President’s resignation in 1974. The article was written by Felt’s lawyer and after its release his identity was confirmed by the Post’s reporters from the time. Felt’s family convinced him to reveal himself for the potential book deals and money it would raise them. Felt died on December 18th 2008.
“I’m the guy they used to call Deep Throat.” - Mark Felt in Vanity Fair, 2005
On this day in 1913, the future 37th President of the United States Richard Milhous Nixon was born. Nixon was born in Yorba Linda, California and later represented his state in the House of Representatives and the Senate as a member of the Republican Party. He made a name for himself in Congress for his role in the anti-communist House Un-American Activities Committee, especially in the infamous Alger Hiss case, and this led to his becoming Vice-President from 1953 to 1961 under President Eisenhower. After a closely fought campaign, he lost the 1960 election to Democrat John F. Kennedy, but later won the presidency in 1968. As President, Nixon initially increased US involvement in the ongoing Vietnam war and extended the military operations into neighboring Cambodia, but he eventually ended American involvement in the war in 1973. Nixon also made history by visiting the communist nations of China and the Soviet Union, thus easing tensions between the Cold War camps. In domestic affairs Nixon is notable for his support of affirmative action policies for African-Americans and his establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency. However, Nixon’s previous record in office has been overshadowed by the fact that in 1974 he became the first and only US President to resign from office. This occurred after revelations about the Watergate scandal, which refers to the illegal activities carried out his administration, including the wiretapping of political rivals, and a subsequent cover-up. He was formally pardoned by his successor Gerald Ford, and tried to rehabilitate his image until he died from a stroke in 1994 aged 81.