William and Kate: The comic book
Not interested in a movie based on the romance of Prince William and Kate Middleton? Try the comic. American and British versions of the royal love story are scheduled for publication in April to coincide with the couple's wedding.
Bluewater Productions is planning to publish the bio-comic "Fame: The Royals," written by C.W. Cooke and drawn by Pablo Martinena. The celebrity- and politician-focused "Fame" series debuted in 2010.
Bluewater President Darren Davis said in the publication announcement: "As Americans, we are fascinated by the British royals. They fit within our construct of a celebrity-fueled popular culture. But more than, that they represent an air of pomp and history that we just don't have."
We thought his next sentence made clear the market he hopes to reach: "In terms of relevance to our series, William and Kate are the embodiment of fame and people (on both sides of the Atlantic) can't get enough of them."
The story is expected to recount William's life in the public eye: his birth, education, military service, the death of his mother and, now, his wedding. Bluewater plans a $3.99 32-page standard issue for April release and, the following month, a longer collector's edition that includes extras such as pin-up posters and a double-sided cover ($7.99).
Meanwhile, the two issues of "Kate and William: A Very Public Love Story" are a "dramatic retelling" of the couple's lives, Britain's Guardian newspaper reports, with a third issue slated to bring the stories together.
"I think you could definitely go down [to] the pub with William and Kate," writer Rich Johnston, founder of the Web site Bleeding Cool, which follows the comic industry, told the paper. Johnston, who is also the cartoonist for the British political blog Guido Fawkes, spent three months reading "every article he could find about the couple's lives" as research for his scripts.
British comics artists Mike Collins and Gary Erskine are drawing the stories. "Diana's involvement is surprising and well handled," Collins told the paper. The two titles are "Kate Middleton: A Very Private Princess," drawn by Collins, and "William Windsor: A Very Public Prince," drawn by Erskine.
For his part, Johnston doesn't seem worried about competition from the States. "It's being printed in America, written by Americans and drawn by Americans. The way the British relate to the monarchy is different," he told the Guardian. "We understand their flaws - they kind of become part of us. Monarchist or republican, you get it by osmosis. There is a loving mockery."
| January 30, 2011; 1:00 AM ET
Categories: Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Prince William, Wedding souvenirs | Tags: Autumn Brewington
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