Danica Patrick has conquered a lot of territory in new and old media since breaking into the IndyCar ranks, and now she is poised to break even more new ground with the announcement that a "biography comic" about her is in preparation.
Bluewater Productions, which has produced a series of bio-themed comics like "Political Power," "Female Force" and "Fame" comic book biography series, is expanding the line with "Fame: Danica Patrick." Bluewater says the 32-page comic, which is due to hit retail shelves in December, "traces Patrick's rise through the male-dominated ranks of auto racing. It also explores the fascination that the public has with Patrick."
Writer CW Cooke, who has also penned Bluewater's top-selling Taylor Swift biography comic, said that even the most devoted Danica fans will learn something new about Patrick after reading this book.
"We've all seen the pictures and heard the gossip about her,” Cooke said. “But digging into her story and learning about her really focused me on the fact that she's a real person and not just a pin-up model or a one-note person.”
Bluewater promises its story will not be a "whitewash" of Patrick's career, saying the comic includes the views of critics who say that Patrick hasn't had enough success on the track to deserve all the attention that she gets. Curiously, however, its announcement references only Patrick's association with NASCAR; Indy and IndyCar aren't mentioned...
“I don't know how many Danica Patrick fans are already into comics, but I hope that 'Fame: Danica Patrick' will show NASCAR nation that reading comics can be extremely entertaining,” said Darren G. Davis, publisher and founder of Bluewater Productions. “I'm proud that we are helping to increase the number of comic fans. We all know that the industry needs new readers to truly thrive.”
"Fame: Danica Patrick" will sell at comic book shops and online retailers like Amazon in December. The 32-page comic will retail for $3.99.