Small firm produces royal wedding comic
Many Americans canâ€™t seem to get enough of the royal wedding. Thatâ€™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 Britainâ€™s Prince William and bride Kate Middleton.
â€śIn a weird way, I wanted to create my own memorabilia,â€ť said Davis, 42, whose 10-year-old company has produced biographies of famous personalities ranging from Ellen DeGeneres to Hillary Clinton and Glen Beck. â€śI watched Princess Diana get married.â€ť
Bluewaterâ€™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 â€“ even such unlikely outlets as Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts.
â€śThere are people who are collecting royal memorabilia; parents buying these for their kids,â€ť he said. â€śThere are also people buying them because they want to collect non-fiction comics.â€ť
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 â€śThe Royals: Prince William & Kate Middleton.â€ť
â€śWe wanted to wait to the last minute to get it out there,â€ť Davis said. â€śIn a perfect world, Iâ€™d have (Kate) in a wedding dress.â€ť