I am a clip art junkie (you should see the stack of books I have), so I subscribed a long time ago to the email service from Dover Publications, probably the most well-known clip art publisher. They send me weekly samples by email, along with notifications of new publications. I am a devoted fan of the company.
But I had to laugh at the absurdity of two of their latest books. Take a look:
(You can click the images to see inside.)
I mean, god bless ’em, someone had to do it, right? But I just wonder who buys this stuff? “Here, kids, play with these! Our future president in ten dapper outfits!” (Though my kids are kinda bored at this point in the summer.) The artist’s renderings make both candidates look a little strange (not that I could do better).
But the tag lines in their email really did me in. Like, “Presidential Paper Dolls: The Fun Way to Support Your Candidate!” Maybe it’s just me, but I’m guessing my candidate would rather have the $7.99 plus shipping.
Or how about this:
You can follow your favorite paper doll candidate with our weekly Presidential Paper Doll Sampler! Each week, you’ll receive a colorful email that’s packed with cool giveaways: extra costumes for the candidates and their wives, free samples from other Dover paper doll books, and more. Plus, with the Campaign Countdown you’ll find out which paper doll candidate is the most popular. Use this link to sign up now—
The books include costumes for the candidates and their wives, along with a biography of each candidate and an election night score sheet. Because you’ll do a way better job of tallying up the electoral votes than those major news outlets. Go on, I have faith in you.
I do have a favorite outfit. It’s in the samples from the McCain book, and features a bulletproof vest.
I can only assume it’s the one Senator McCain wears when he goes quail hunting with Dick Cheney.