De Pasquale's Dozen with Clinton Cash: The Graphic Novel’s Brett R. Smith

Lisa De Pasquale
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Posted: Jul 26, 2016 12:01 AM
De Pasquale's Dozen with Clinton Cash: The Graphic Novel’s Brett R. Smith

Andrew Breitbart famously said, “Politics is downstream from culture.”

No one better represents the right way to engage in culture and entertainment than Brett R. Smith.  He’s the editor, creative director and colorist for Clinton Cash: The Graphic Novel, just released this week.  Every American needs to buy it, read it, and become fully literate in the Clinton scams.

Smith is a graphic designer and artist for Marvel and DC Comics.  He’s worked on some of the most popular and successful properties in comics, including The Avengers, Batman, Superman, GI Joe, Wolverine, Suicide Squad, Guardians of the Galaxy, Hulk, Detective Comics, among many others.  He’s also my cohost for the Political Punks Podcast, where we talk to guests including Greg Gutfeld, Ann Coulter, Tom Shillue, Nick Gillespie, Milo Yiannopoulos and others about the intersection of politics and pop culture. 

As many know, Clinton Cash, the New York Times Bestseller by Peter Schweizer, is “the breathtaking expose of Bill and Hillary Clinton's money trail.”  It’s like the most explosive candidate opposition file that every American can access.  The graphic adaption ensures that many more Americans will read it and share it with friends.  For example, it’s currently running head-to-head on Amazon against the iconic graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke, for the top spot.  Additionally, it’s in the top 100 books in the Teen category, as well as climbing to the top in political categories.  When’s the last time any political book accomplished that?

It’s worth noting that Smith’s collaborator on Clinton Cash: The Graphic Novel is Chuck Dixon, best known for his own titles and as the co-creator of Bane, the notorious Batman villain.  Smith and his team of A-list comic book collaborators and artists are accustomed to portraying some of the greatest (or worst) villains.  There is no better team – or book – to educate people on real-life villains Bill and Hillary Clinton. 

The De Pasquale's Dozen asks political figures and free market-minded writers and entertainers to take a break from politics and talk about their pop culture obsessions.

1. What's your favorite movie line and to whom would you like to say it? 

I don't have one favorite line - there are too many. And certain ones fit into certain situations better than others. The one I use most often, especially these days is a line Clint Eastwood has used in a couple different movies over the years. It’s a term he uses to label people who show themselves to be not very bright and I use it as well in the same context - "Slightly Advanced."

2. Tell me about your favorite teacher and how he or she influenced your life. 

I had an English teacher in my junior year of High School, Mr. Dant, who introduced me to the Romantics - Emerson and Thoreau. 

3. What one thing would you do as President just because you could?

I would abolish the IRS and the income tax.  Then replace it with a flat or Fair Tax while auditing the Federal Reserve and returning us to a Gold standard rather than a floating currency.  

4. What canceled show would you put back on the air? 

It’s a toss up between Mad MenDeadwood and Remote Control.

5. Tell me about the first concert you ever attended.  

My first concert was Suicidal Tendencies and Pantera at a small club in Tempe, Arizona.  It was in 1989 or 1990 and it was a small club, which I think has now been torn down. My older brother had to take me since I was only 13 or 14. 

6. What’s the best present you ever received as a child?

It was my first vehicle.  My parents and grandparents went in together to buy me a 1978 International Scout II for $1,500.00. My dad and I restored it and I still have it. 

7. What’s the best present you ever gave? 

Visiting my mom when she was fighting cancer. 

8. What advice do you remember your mother or father giving you? 

My mom used to say if you find yourself in a tough spot, "Make the best of it." My dad's advice for the same scenario has always been, "Get it over with".  

9. Who would be on the perfect Red Eye panel?

The perfect Red Eye panel would include me, Bill Shultz, Greg Gutfeld and you – and Fluffy McNutter. 

10. What books are on your reading list?

Code of Conduct by Brad Thor, Almost Interesting by David Spade and Adios America by Ann Coulter. 

11. What would you like tomorrow's headline to say? 

Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel Best Selling Graphic Novel of All Time! (or at least one of the best selling of all time )

12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.

I decided to enter into the political arena when the Lewinsky scandal broke back in the nineties. That actually got me interested in politics and started me down the road that led me to where I am today.