Despite the recent media hailstorm and public criticism aimed at celebrity chef Paula Deen for inflammatory racial remarks, Bluewater Productions announced that it will not change plans to publish its 'Female Force' biography comic book title featuring the embattled TV personality due out this fall.
"We do not condone her use of racial insensitivities, and think that intolerance has no place in a just society," said Bluewater's president
Darren G. Davis, "But despite her recent failings, we also strongly believe she still has a powerful story to tell; one that fits the female empowerment model of our books."
The book, which has been in production for several months prior to the recent negative revelations, does not look to reward or disparage Deen, but frame her story as an entrepreneur who transformed a home-based catering service into a culinary empire.
"Under the greatest scrutiny, many of our heroes let us down, but we also believe in the power of redemption," Davis added, "In all biographies there are chapters full of great accomplishments and those full of challenges. I believe Ms. Deen's story is not yet completely written."
Davis notes that the latest controversy will be added to the final draft, but the majority of the comic book will focus on how she became an iconic brand, the challenges of her humble beginnings and the results of bursting certain stereotypes.
'Female Force: Paula Deen' writer Michael Troy said "Paula Deen is still an inspirational woman who has suffered much adversity in her life and overcome many obstacles. Her story is fascinating and it's easy to see why Bluewater would consider her for their Female Force line of Biography comic books that on powerful women."
The book has been scheduled for a October release with a cover by Nathan Girten. "I had a lot of fun working on this piece with bluewater. It's a very interesting thing to get a second request to illustrate a cooking icon."
'Female Force' is a comic book series about female empowerment and has featured actors, politicians, authors, and musicians‹everyone from Angelina Jolie, Hillary Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres, Sonia Sotomayor, Michelle Obama, Gabrielle Giffords, Condoleezza Rice to J.K. Rowling, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Cher. These biographical comics, written by some of the most talented writers in the comic world and beyond, deliver an informed and illustrated look into the lives of these figures.
Bluewater has also used their 'Female Force' series as an outlet to broaden awareness on important challenges that face many people. In 'Female Force: Carrie Fisher,' the former Star Wars actress bravely shares her lifelong struggle with bipolar disorder. Proceeds from the comic book sales are donated to Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Connecticut, a facility specializing in mental disorders.
'Female Force' has been embraced by the media and featured on several television news outlets including The Today Show and on CNN. The series has also been featured in many publications such as The LA Times, MTV.com, Time Magazine, and People Magazine. Future titles will feature Gloria Steinem, The Queen of England, Helen Gurley Brown, Melinda Gates, and Mary Pickford.
Print copies of 'Female Force' can be ordered at www.comicfleamarket.com and found on Amazon.
You can download these titles on Wowio, Comixology, DriveThru Comics, Google Play, My Digital Comics, Overdrive, Iverse, PanelFly, iTunes, Kindle, Wowio, Nook, Kobo and wherever eBooks are sold.
ABOUT MICHAEL FITZGERALD TROY:
Michael Troy is a deeply superficial person. Born in the midwest in the '70s, Michael came to Los Angeles to pursue his bi-polar career path as an actor and artist. 2005 saw the release of Michael's first published book, Homo-Hero's Big Book of Fun and Adventure (www.greencandypress.com). Michael has contributed to the Lady Gaga comic book from Bluewater Productions and has his hand in various other upcoming projects. Michael has performed stand-up comedy at all of the major comedy clubs in Los Angeles and is making his triumphant return to the main stage of The Comedy Store in September. Michael offers an off-beat sense of humor as the star of such youtube cult classics As The Gays on Film (www.youtube.com/fullfrontaltv), A Minute With Margot, a loving tribute to Superman legend Margot Kidder (http://www.youtube.com/user/rktcommander), and currently hosts a vlog style series Lethally Blonde over at www.monsterburg.com. Sitting alongside industry heavyweight Phil Jimenez at the "Divas and Lassoes" panel for the 2010 San Diego comic-con, Michael maintains and cherishes his "underground" status. A staunch believer in Blonde Ambition, Michael hopes his new comic about shallow blonde super heroes in Los Angeles, The Blonde Squad, will set the world on fire (or at least brighten it a bit). Check out Michael Troy and Lethally Blonde updates here!!!
ABOUT BLUEWATER PRODUCTIONS:
Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers “10th Muse” and “The Legend of Isis” ”Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (“TekWarChronicles”), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (“Wrath of the Titans,” “Sinbad: Rogue of Mars,” TV’s original and greatest ‘Batman” Adam West (“The Misadventures of Adam West”) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (“Vincent Price Presents”), Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles “Female Force” and “Political Power.”
Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry’s top artists and writers.