...because she has a powerful story to tell and the power of redemption and etc.! From the publisher:
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.
More words about this after the jump.
“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. Its 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.