PREVIEW: Ellen Degeneres Next Up For ‘Female Force’ Comic Book Bio

Bluewater’s “Female Force” comics have already put the spotlight on “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer, First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, among other notables, and now the much-publicized line of biography comics will turn its attention to popular comedian and talk show host Ellen Degeneres.

Hitting shelves in March 2010, “Female Force: Ellen Degeneres” promises to follow the entertainer “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 will be written by Sandra C. Ruckdeschel with art by Pedro Ponzo, and will feature many of the touchstone moments from Degeneres’ career — including her recent addition to the “American Idol” judging panel. Bluewater Productions has provided Splash Page readers with an exclusive preview of “Female Force: Ellen Degeneres” (featuring uncolored, unlettered pages) as well as the official announcement of the title.

Click on the cover image below for the full “Female Force: Ellen Degeneres” preview.

Official press release text follows:

COMIC GETS HER OWN COMIC: ELLEN DEGENERES FEATURED IN 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, scheduled for a March 2010 release, 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.

“People forget what a groundbreaking talent she is and that fame did not come overnight,” said Bluewater president Darren Davis. “But through all her highs and lows, she managed to stay true to herself and prove that she is a female force.”

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 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 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.

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