Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Female Force: Anne Rice Out Now


Anne Rice, whose literary vampire novels injected undead life to the genre and spawned a legion of imitators, is now, herself, the protagonist of a comic book biography by Bluewater Productions out this week. Female Force: Anne Rice, currently available at comic book shops and various online outlets, follows the popular novelist from her formative years in her beloved New Orleans through the tragedies that influenced the creation of her most popular novels and her fervent rediscovery of Catholicism.

“Intensely compelling and beautifully drawn, the Anne Rice biography shares the heart-wrenching pain and raw beauty of one of the world’s most compelling authors. This is a keeper!” said reviewer Anne Elizabeth, Columnist on Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels for RT BOOK Reviews Magazine.

Rice has recently been in the news publicly distancing herself from the Catholic Church. Although the issue does not cover this recent event, it does encapsulate her entire career up to that point.

“Anne Rice's uniquely gothic, sensuous, and existential approach redefined the modern vampire mythology,” said issue author Scott Davis. “She advanced the vampire literary genre more than anyone since Bram Stoker.”

The Rice issue, penciled and inked by Louie deMartinis (cover art provided by Juanmar Studios and Vincent Deporter), is the fourth in Bluewater’s Female Force series highlighting authors of supernatural fiction.

“What I think fans will enjoy is the format of Rice being interviewed by a vampire as a nod to her seminal novel Interview with a Vampire,” said Davis. “This allows the Rice to provide added insight to her own story. Accordingly the vampire narrator adds his own spin as well.”

Female Force offers a broad examination of strong and influential women who are shaping modern history
and culture.

The monthly comic book series, launched earlier this year, has drawn considerable media attention, including features on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, 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 for the 22-page title.

About Bluewater Productions
Bluewater Productions Inc. is one of the top independent production studios of comic books, young adult books and graphic novels. Its extensive catalog of titles includes the bestsellers 10th Muse and The Legend of Isis. Bluewater publishes comic books in partnership with entertainment icon William Shatner (TekWar Chronicles), legendary filmmaker Ray Harryhausen (Wrath of the Titans, Sinbad: Rogue of Mars, Jason and the Argonauts, et al) and celebrated actor Vincent Price (Vincent Price Presents). Additionally, Bluewater publishes a highly successful line of biographical comics under the titles Female Force and Political Power.

Bluewater aims to unite cutting-edge art and engaging stories produced by its stable of the publishing industry's top artists and writers.

Following its commitment to green publishing, Bluewater comic books are printed on Forest Stewardship Council certified paper. FSC certification guarantees that the paper used in Bluewater books contains fiber from well-managed and responsibility harvested forests that meet strict environmental and socioeconomic standards.

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