Small firm produces royal wedding comic
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.
“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.”