BLUEWATER UNMASKS GRAPHIC NOVELS FOR 1ST QUARTER 2011

Independent comic publisher Bluewater Productions announced its schedule for nearly a dozen graphic novels set to hit the stands during the first quarter of 2011.

The lineup includes several limited-run mini-series collections, biographical compilations and a young reader offering. High profile titles like "William Shatner's TekWar Chronicles" and the acclaimed "Nanny & Hank" lead the list.

"This group of graphic novels are particularly strong and particularly diverse," said Bluewater president Darren Davis, "Whether you're a fan of hard sci-fi, speculative fiction, vampires, humor, mythology, superheroes and, yes, biographies of current personalities, there is something there for you."

Titles scheduled for release during the first few months of the upcoming year include "William Shatner's: TekWar Chronicles: Persistence of Memory," "Nanny & Hank: Retirement is Hell," "Legend of Isis: Return of the Scarab Queen," "Atlas: Greetings From Earth," "The Imagination Manifesto Book 2," "Missile to the Moon" "Power of the Valkyrie," and "Tony & Cleo."

Additionally, the first quarter will present several of Bluewater's biography titles in graphic novel form including "Female Force: Europe," "Black History Leaders," and a special Justin Bieber expanded biography.

"Along with full and complete story arcs, most of the books contain extras such as script samples, pinup posters, character design sketches, alternative artwork, special guest forwards and other special extras," Davis noted.

According to Davis, over the past 10 years, the graphic novel has evolved into a staple for both the comic book and the general publishing industry.

"It binds certain themes more cohesively than individual issues as well as offers a sense of continuity to some of the larger-scoped stories."

More recently, graphic novels have been routinely available in libraries and book stores.

They are breaking stereotypes as more than "funny books" and "geek-fiction." As evidenced by the popularity of Bluewater's biography titles, they also serve in some educational or informational context.

 

The following are detailed descriptions of the upcoming titles:


WILLIAM SHATNER PRESENTS: TEKWAR CHRONICLES: PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY
Writers: William Shatner & Scott Davis
Artist(s): Lipe Oliveira
Price: $15.99
Release Date: January 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4507-2382-4

Jake Cardigan's quest for piecing together his fractured life interrupted when it's discovered that a new, deadlier strain of Tek is infecting robots and threatens to become a worldwide epidemic. Jake's must choose between finding his true memories and stopping the viral onslaught. This complete story arc based on the best-selling William Shatner novel franchise takes off where Plague of Ghosts left off and continues to ratchet up the excitement, answer many questions and unveil even more surprises.

 




NANNY & HANK: RETIREMENT IS HELL
Author(s): Mark L. Miller
Artist(s): Steve Babb
Price: $15.99
Release Date: March 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4507-3536-0

NANNY & HANK Vol.1 - The critically acclaimed miniseries mixing horror & heart from AICN Comics writer Mark L. Miller gets collected! Nanny & Hank are ready for their golden years, but a blood-drunk vampire turns their life upside down! Now the elderly pair must deal with becoming creatures of the night & take care of their ornery grand kids too!

 




POWER OF THE VALKYRIE: THE FATE OF GODS AND MEN
Author(s): Chris Studabaker
Artist(s): Mannix
Price: $15.99
Release Date: January 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4507-2383-1

Philosophic action and adventure continues in this new saga starring Bluewater's Norse hero and written by Day Prize-nominee Chris Studabaker.

Suzanne Bancroft is going to die, and the end of the world will be her fault. A relentless demi-god has declared he will murder Suzanne and her death will begin a chain of events culminating in Ragnarok. Worse yet ­ her murderer can see her fate. While still trying to understand her new role as the Valkyrie, Suzanne must seek the true nature of fate and ask herself a hard question: how do you fight a battle you¹re destined to lose?

 




LEGEND OF ISIS: RETURN OF THE SCARAB QUEEN
Author(s): Aaron Stueve
Artist(s): Various
Price: $15.99
Release Date: January 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4507-2381-7

Trapped 5,000 years out of time, the would-be Egyptian Goddess, Isis, must adjust to her new life in 21st century Los Angeles. Using her mystical staff and some help from a few new friends, Isis will protect those around her from evil that may threaten their world. But how can she protect a world that she doesn't fully understand?

 




ATLAS: GREETINGS FROM EARTH
Author(s): Bob Larner
Artist(s): Various
Price: $9.99
Release Date: March 2011
ISBN:

"Creative Child magazine's" book of the year gets an edition. After tackling the planets, Atlas is now taking a tour of the earth in this new book for all ages. Commanding the Titans in their war against the Olympians, Atlas was forced to hold up the heavens on his shoulders. His life was a tragic story of a lone God fighting boredom on Mount Olympus.

However, monitoring the earth from above, Atlas watched Earth change and the emergence of super powered beings donning capes and tights. Growing restless and craving adventure, Atlas decided to take the world in his hands and becomes one of the Earth's newest heroes.

 




THE IMAGINATION MANIFESTO: BOOK 2
Author(s): GMB Chomichuk with John Toone and James Rewucki
Artist(s): GMB Chomichuk
Price: $19.99 (Hard Cover)
Release Date: March 2011
ISBN: 978-0-9813550-3-0

Nominated for the best new book at the "Manitoba Book Awards". The Imagination Manifesto: Book Two is a graphic (as in bloody) novel about robots, superheroes, monsters, and cowboys that decide our future will be dark, beautiful, and illusive. Writer/Artist GMB Chomichuk mashes the poetry of John Toone and the screenplay of James Rewucki into this literary experiment where mind-altering agents and the unimaginable define the cosmopolitan as something scary.

 




MISSILE TO THE MOON
Author(s): Jason Schultz & Darren G. Davis
Artist(s): John Polacek
Price: $15.99
Release Date: March 2011
ISBN:

An all new graphic novel based on the beloved camp classic from the golden drive-in era! Two escaped cons stow away on a flight to the moon and discover a race of alien women ruled by a fierce and sadistic queen. Each issue will feature never before seen artwork and footage from the Legend Films vault.

 




TONY & CLEO
Author(s): Kenton Daniel & Ken Cottingham
Artist(s): DaFu Yu
Price: $15.99
Release Date: March 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4507-3539-1

Conjured from the pages of Legend of Isis, Bluewater introduces its newest female force --- Cleopatra. From the swirling mists of time, emerges an ancient queen besieged by a host of modern problems. The clock is ticking as Cleo and her hard as nails bodyguard, Tony, discover a murderous plot by a mysterious threat. Meanwhile, a demented killer makes his presence know in the bowels of the city. The book included the two "Legend of Isis" issues that started off the hit series.

 




FEMALE FORCE: EUROPE
Author(s): David McIntee, John Blundell
Artist(s): Various
Price: $15.99
Release Date: January 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4507-2380-0

Now Bluewater is heading overseas to cover the lives of the Queen of England, Carla Bruni, Margaret Thatcher and Princess Diana in this broad examination of strong women in European society. The "Female Force" graphic novel was recently featured on "Live with Regis and Kelly", CNN, MSNBC and Fox News, and in People magazine, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and thousands of other media outlets.

 




BLACK HISTORY LEADERS
Author(s): Various
Artist(s): Various
Price: $15.99
Release Date: February 2011
ISBN: 978-1-61623-923-7

In honor of Black History Month, comic book publisher Bluewater Productions will offer a special trade paperback featuring biographies of leading African-American personalities. The 96-page anthology includes the unabridged issues featuring Barack Obama, Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey, and Condoleezza Rice. These biographies were previously published as individual issues of Bluewater¹s biographical comic titles Female Force and Political Power.

 




FAME: JUSTIN BIEBER: GRAPHIC NOVEL
Author(s): Tara Broeckel Ooten
Artist(s): Claudio Avella
Price: $7.99
Release Date: March 2011
ISBN: 978-1-4507-3538-4

Like The Beatles, Justin Bieber started life in simple public housing, and also like The Beatles, he is forced to balance fame with his humble beginnings as he comes of age with the whole world screaming his name. Fame: Justin Bieber traces the career of this YouTube sensation from his musical childhood in Ontario to the stage of his first headlining tour. This special graphic novel edition has a bunch of extras.