Paula Deen Comic to be Released in OctoberBy: David Powell - July 12, 2013
Paula Deen is soon to be the star of her own comic book.
Yeah, she’s a super-hero now.
Though she was dropped faster than a speeding bullet by many of her sponsors after she admitted to using the “N word” in the past, Bluewater Productions, which had been planning to release a biographical comic book based on Deen’s life, has decided to move forward.
The book is to be a part of a “Female Force” series that showcases the accomplishments of notable women. Previous subjects of the series have included Angelina Jolie, Hilary Clinton, Cher, and Gabrielle Giffords.
Bluewater president Darren G. Davis has said that the company does “not condone her use of racial insensitivities, and think that intolerance has no place in a just society. 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.”
While Paula’s recent troubles will be part of the comic narrative, the book will largely focus on her successes.
The writer of “Female Force: Paula Deen,” Michael Troy, says that it will be about a strong, hard-working female: “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 [focus] on powerful women.”
Deen’s problems started when she was named a defendant in a lawsuit brought by Lisa Jackson, a former employee who alleged that employment at Deen’s restaurant was tainted by both sexual and racial improprieties. In a deposition in that matter, Deen admitted using the “N word” in the past, specifically in reference to a burglar she’ d encountered in 1986. Jackson claims that Deen and her brother Bubba had both used the term in her presence.
The “Female Force” comic is set to be released in October 2013.