A racism scandal didn’t scare Bluewater Productions away from showcasing Paula Deen in the latest installment of its Female Force comic book series.
The Vancouver, Wash.-based publisher of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels on Sept. 18 will release “Female Force: Paula Deen,” where the embattled former food show host and cookbook author will join Hillary Clinton, Sarah Palin, Martha Stewart, Princess Diana, Ellen DeGeneres and other women in the Female Force collection. Last month, the comic book maker featured Melinda Gates as part of its collection.
The Paula Deen title was in production months before Deen went on trial for racial discrimination and endured a media firestorm. She ultimately lost sponsorship deals and her job as a Food Network host after admitting to using a racial slur.
“Paula Deen after overcoming severe depression has become one of the most famous chefs in the United States, demonstrating the importance of willpower and determination,” said the book’s illustrator, Manuel Diaz, in a statement. “For me it has been very interesting to draw the life of this woman, who has been embroiled by controversy in recent months.”
The controversy will be written into the final draft, but the majority of the book will focus on how the Georgia-born and reared Deen became an iconic brand and overcame the challenges of her “humble beginnings.”
Michael Troy is the book’s author.
You can download a five-page preview here.