BLUEWATER'S ELLEN DEGENERES BIOGRAPHY COMIC SELLS OUT, 2nd PRINTING ON ITS WAY WITH NEW COVER IMAGE
Just as she sells out venues across the country, Bluewater Productions' bio comic on daytime talk show host and veteran comedienne Ellen DeGeneres has also sold out one week after its release. A second printing, with a new cover is already in production.
"I can't say I'm surprised given Ellen's enormous fan base and wide appeal," said Bluewater president Darren Davis. "But I'm always gratified and thankful when the demand for a book exceeds our projections."
The issue written by Sandra C. Ruckdeschel and penciled by Pedro Ponzo, has received national attention being featured in such mainstream publications as MTV, People Magazine, US Weekly and E! Entertainment Television.
Recently the issue, for which Bluewater is donating a portion of the proceeds to the Humane Society of the United States at Ellen's request, came under scrutiny by a pro-hunting organization.
"They have threatened to boycott the issue because we put gratis advertisements for the Humane Society in our book." Davis said. "Our official response to them is although we respect their right to disagree with the aims and goals of the Humane Society we do not share their concerns."
Ellen DeGeneres is a well-known animal rights proponent.
According to Davis, many of the personalities featured in the Bluewater's biography comic book series request the company make a donation to their favorite charity. This is typically done with free advertising space for the non-profit and/or a donation of a portion of the proceeds.
Female Force: Ellen DeGeneres, released last week, follows the comedienne from her youth in Louisiana, through the endless smoke-filled comedy club circuit, to her breakthrough sitcom and finally as an Emmy-winning daytime talk show host.
The issue also delves into Ellen's personal life as an openly gay performer and an advocate for gay rights. "It is part of who she is and any telling of her story without acknowledging the importance she places on her identity would be disrespectful to her accomplishments," said Ruckdeschel.
The new cover for the second printing was drawn by Michal Szyksznian.
According to Ruckdeschel, fans of Ellen will be able to revisit several of the entertainer's most iconic moments including her 1986 appearance on the Tonight Show, the 1997 episode of her sitcom where her character announces she is gay, her entrance as host of the 2006 Oscars, and even her "trademark" dance moves. It evens covers the recent announcement of Ellen joining the judging panel for American Idol.
Female Force offers a broad examination of strong and influential women who are shaping modern history and culture. In past issues, the monthly series has featured Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Oprah Winfrey, Stephenie Meyer, JK Rowling, Barbara Walters and others.
The suggested retail price (SRP) for the upcoming trade paperback is $3.99.
Female Force individual issues are also available on Amazon.com, where they have been ranked among the site's top 300 books. The ISBN number for the Ellen issue is 978-14507-0017-7. To find a comic book store near you go to www.comicshoplocator.com