Small firm produces royal wedding comic

April 28, 2011

The cover of Bluewater Productions' comic book on the royal wedding is seen in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/HO/Bluewater Productions

Many Americans can’t seem to get enough of the royal wedding. That’s good news for Darren Davis, president of Bluewater Productions, an independent producer of comic books with a celebrity bent.

This week his Vancouver, Washington firm is releasing both a comic book and graphic novel of the royal romance of Britain’s Prince William and bride Kate Middleton.

“In a weird way, I wanted to create my own memorabilia,” said Davis, 42, whose 10-year-old company has produced biographies of famous personalities ranging from Ellen DeGeneres to Hillary Clinton and Glen Beck. “I watched Princess Diana get married.”

Bluewater’s 32-page comic will retail for $3.99, while the longer, 40-page graphic novel will sell for $7.99. They will be sold in comic-book stores throughout the U.S., as well as mainstream book retailers like Barnes & Noble – even such unlikely outlets as Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts.

The cover of Bluewater Productions' graphic novel of the royal wedding. REUTERS/HO/Bluewater Productions

“There are people who are collecting royal memorabilia; parents buying these for their kids,” he said. “There are also people buying them because they want to collect non-fiction comics.”

Davis expects to sell at least 25,000 copies of each version. His most popular comic book yet was a biography of Justin Bieber, which sold 65,000 copies and was available on shelves at Wal-Mart.

Already Bluewater is planning a second printing of “The Royals: Prince William & Kate Middleton.”

“We wanted to wait to the last minute to get it out there,” Davis said. “In a perfect world, I’d have (Kate) in a wedding dress.”

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