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article imagePublisher set to turn Paula Deen's story into a comic book

By Kay Mathews     Jul 12, 2013 in Entertainment
Bluewater Productions will include Paula Deen in its female empowerment comic book series called "Female Force." Deen's illustrated story, "Female Force: Paula Deen," is scheduled to be released in October.
Celebrity chef Paula Deen is embroiled in a civil lawsuit and the details of her deposition were released last month, including her use of the N-word. Since that time, business partners have cut ties with Deen. The Food Network tossed Deen and so has Target Corp., Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., QVC, Home Depot Inc., Smithfield Foods, Ballatine Books and J.C. Penney. The Chicago Tribune reported that Sears, Kmart, and Walgreen Co. have also "severed ties with" Paula Deen.
Unlike Ballatine Books, a division of Random House that was, prior to the scandal, scheduled to publish Deen's cookbook "Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Favorite Recipes, All Lightened Up," Bluewater Productions is not severing its ties with her.
According to The Huffington Post, Bluewater President Darren G. Davis said in a statement, "We're not jumping on the bandwagon. We're moving forward with this 'Female Force' series because she fits in with women like Julia Child and Barbara Walters. We're not going to flambé her."
In addition, FOX411 reports that Davis stated, “We do 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.”
Celebrity chef Paula Deen
Celebrity chef Paula Deen
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According to Bluewater Productions, it "is a full-service publishing and production company specializing in comic books, graphic novels and Multimedia."
Bluewater's "Female Force" comic book series focuses on strong, inspirational women. Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Angelina Jolie, Condoleezza Rice, J.K. Rowling, Gabrielle Giffords, and Ellen DeGeneres are among the women featured in the biographical comics.
The Chicago Tribune notes that Bluewater reached out to Deen, 66, months ago about "Female Force: Paula Deen," but has yet to hear from her. "The partnership would," according to the Chicago Tribune, "involve the company donating money to a charity chosen by Deen and running ads for the charity on Deen's behalf. Deen will not receive any money from the comic."
"Female Force: Paula Deen" is scheduled to be released sometime in October.
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