COMIC GETS HER OWN COMIC: FEMALE FORCE: ELLEN DEGENERES HITS STORES THIS WEEK

Female Force: Ellen DeGeneres
The spotlight on Ellen DeGeneres
in this upcoming issue of
"Female Force"

She entertains millions everyday with her quirky wit and timeless charm. Now daytime talk show host and veteran comic Ellen DeGeneres' life story will be the featured subject of an upcoming issue of Bluewater Productions' Female Force biography comic series.

Female Force: Ellen DeGeneres, in stores on March 31st, 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.

Ellen and her organization were very generous by embracing this book. "That is why we are happy to share a percentage of the proceeds with her favorite charity, The Humane Society of the United States," said Bluewater president Darren G. Davis.

"Ellen has been a leading force for animal protection issues," said Michael Markarian, Chief Operating Officer of the HSUS. "We thank Ellen and Bluewater Productions for sharing the proceeds of her comic with The Humane Society of the United States, and for supporting our work to celebrate animals and confront cruelty."

The issue, written by Sandra C. Ruckdeschel and penciled by Pedro Ponzo 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.

According to Davis, 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 even covers the recent announcement of Ellen joining the judging panel for American Idol.

"People forget what a groundbreaking talent she is and that fame did not come overnight," said Bluewater Vice President Jason Schultz. "But through all her highs and lows, she managed to stay true to herself and prove that she is a female force."

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 comic book series, launched earlier this year, has drawn considerable media attention, including features on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, "The View" and "Live with Regis and Kelly." It has also been featured in such periodicals as People Magazine, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, USA Today and thousands of blogs and other media outlets.

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 sites top 100 books.