08: A GRAPHIC DIARY OF THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL follows the epic 2008 presidential campaign and its dramatic cast of characters: the inevitable former first lady with a terrible plan to win, the freshman African-American Senator who skyrockets onto the national stage, and a former POW’s hangdog campaign that overcomes both a Mormon Governor and a thrice-married NYC Mayor.
Taking its cue from campaign classics like Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 and The Making of the President Series, "08" brings politico journalism into the graphic novel form. Reflect on all the single-issue candidates, the pundits, the meltdowns, the awkward missteps, and the ruthless maneuvers of the scorched-earth campaign trail as they knit themselves into a political tale of the present-day battle for the future of America.
08 strikes out on its own to create a method of visual storytelling that owes as much to '60s magazine layouts as it does to modern Web design. It's largely thanks to Goldman's singular graphical style that this book, essentially a time capsule of the campaign's conventional wisdom, feels so defiantly and refreshingly unconventional. – NPR Books
08: A Graphic Diary of the Campaign Trail is a thoughtfully presented "graphic diary" of the events leading up to last November's U.S. presidential election... This is a nonfiction graphic novel that reads like quality fiction, with a grand narrative arc (and a hero who conquers all at the end). – Largehearted Boy